Mystery Solved: Drew Brees Is Not A Rotten TipperBarry Petchesky8/01/13 8:54amFiled to: drew breestippingnew orleans saintsnflgettypic812EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWith training camps firing up, it's time to get all the NFL silly season business out of the way. This will go a long way toward putting to rest one of the dumber stories consuming New Orleans and the larger football world over the last few days—confirmation that Drew Brees did not leave a four percent tip for Chinese food.On Sunday, The Dirty posted a receipt from the Del Mar Rendezvous, a restaurant in California near Brees's home. It's dated July 9, and appears to show Brees leaving a $3 tip on a $74.41 order. "Check out what a cheap ass New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is," The Dirty's tipster wrote.AdvertisementThings exploded, because the internet loves nothing more than a "celebrity leaves a small tip" story. (Or more precisely, arguing in the comments over the rules for tipping. And without fail, at least a dozen people will quote Reservoir Dogs.) Saints message boards called for the server's head. A New Orleans magazine used it as a jumping-off point for a 2,000-word piece on restaurant wages. The owner of the restaurant tried to quiet things down, posting a lengthy statement apologizing to Brees, announcing a donation to his charity, and refusing to say whether the receipt was real or photoshopped. But—and this is the important part—if it were real, the lack of a table number on the receipt would indicate that the customer ordered take-out.AdvertisementAnd that's exactly what Brees says it was.So the internet moved on from crucifying Brees and/or the restaurant, and on to heatedly debating whether take-out orders require a tip.We will take this opportunity to address the servers of America: don't post the receipts of your athletes or celebrities. It's not worth it. You will get fired, even if you're trying to show how generous they are. And what's the return? A couple of days of mild internet fame? A tepid and fleeting shame for the athlete? (When people see Melky Cabrera, they don't automatically think "that asshole left a 13 percent tip one time.") So just don't do it. Unless you hate your job, which you probably do.