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Michael Stipe Is A Douche?

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For shame, Stipey!

Michael Stipe is one of many celebs called out for bad behavior by former NYC waitress turned writer Sara Barron in her yet-to-be released memoir, People Are Unappealing.

She covers her ass by not directly naming anyone in the memoir, keeping the book highly coded through a series of nicknames.

But, as these things are prone to do, people's true identity is leaking out!

Barron reveals that the R.E.M. frontman and his entourage strolled into the restaurant where she worked, Mario Batali's Babbo, over a half an hour after the kitchen had closed, demanding service. Douchebag Stipe refused to speak to Barron, but had one of his 19 lackeys order for him. He never removed his sunglasses and the words "thank you" never left his mouth once.

That's not the worst of Stipe's shiteous dining etiquette by far!!

By 5 a.m., says Barron, Stipe and his pals had rung up a tab of more than $2,000. The meal was comped by celeb-obsessed Batali, although Barron of course still expected a tip: "Four [hundred dollars] would be ideal - four would be 20 percent - but since they weren't being presented with a check and didn't seem mathematically inclined, figuring on two was best," she writes.

When the group extinguished its cigarettes and filed out, Barron discovered that they'd left zero: "[He] had kept our staff of seven on our feet for five extra hours . . . and he did so without tipping."

Are you kidding???

We would have flipped our shiz if we were Ms. Barron!!

You shoulda known, Stipey, treating waitstaff poorly will alway come back to bite in one way or another!!!

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94 comments to “Michael Stipe Is A Douche?”

  1. 1

    Michael has always been a douche.

  2. 2

    Re: localsavage – I met him backstage way back in 1986 and he was a douche even back then!A talented singer/songwriter -but a douche !

  3. 3

    Maybe they should change their name to I.O.U!

  4. 4

    Typical liberal elitist asshole really doesn't give a shit about the little guy unless there is a camera in front of him.

  5. 5

    Ugh! i served for yeeearsssss- I would have been pissed! this happened to me many times but not nearly as much as a $2,000 check! you can't buy class

  6. 6

    I have to give you a little credit mario-at least you've cut down on the RiRi/Chris coverage today.

  7. 7

    What a shithead! And to think I used to like him back in high school, when he still had hair and wasn't so convinced of his own brilliance. *gag*

  8. 8

    What an asshole!

  9. 9

    Stipe is neither shiny or happy.

  10. 10

    I got an early copy of this book and it is HILARIOUS… Seriously, Sara Barron is like a female David Sedaris. The Stipe story (she calls him "Twat Waffle" - ha!) is just the beginning. LOVES IT!!!

  11. 11

    Met him, he's is indeed a douche and quite arrogant.

  12. 12

    What a jerk! And to think I used to like him back in high school, when he still had hair. He's such a name-dropping starhumper these days, too. *gag*

  13. 13

    But he is sooooooo spiritual.
    I mean, "spiritual".
    Like, as in 'deep' and enlightened.
    oh wait, that's MOBY

  14. 14


    that sounds like some accurate inside info

    i have worked in a couple of places where
    "celebrities" pull this EXACT SAME TYPE OF BULLSHIT

    that is why some of us workers tend to either spit, shit, urinate
    or "accidentally" drop food on the floor when asshole "celebrities"
    fuck with the staff when the staff is simply being cordial to them

    NEVER - EVER FUCK around with servers or clerks like the way this ASSHOLE
    did - if the service is bad, then it's warranted - but if it's good service…


    just sayin'…

  15. 15

    having just come home from a freaking $30 dollar day this pisses me off. 15-20% people! One dollar isn't gonna pay my rent!!!

  16. 16

    what a dick. wonder if he'll say anything about it.

  17. 17

    If this is true, then yes he is a Douche. No one has the right to behave that way.. No one. I don't care if you had a hit single 20 years ago.

  18. 18


  19. 19

    mmmmm Babbo

  20. SuzyP says – reply to this


    he could just send her a check now to redeem himself, right?

  21. 21

    he was a nobody even when REM was remotely popular, the only one kissing his ass then was that flaming old queen, Kurt Loder!

  22. 22

    Seriously, what a douche! How could you sleep knowing you did that? I would feel terrible, but then again, I have respect something Michael DOES NOT have.

  23. 23

    Let's string him up by his balls!

  24. 24

    i have no respect for people who don't tip. DO NOT GO OUT TO EAT IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO TIP. it goes along with the check. effing assholes.

  25. 25

    Yeh this guy is a total asshole. I spotted him at a hotel I was staying at a long time ago and he had such a bad attitude vibe about him. Later on we saw him by the pool hanging out in speedos with a hot young stud…this is around 1995………

    Stipe, you're an ASSHOLE.

  26. 26

    What a douche bag. I hope everyone realizes that a proper tip is at least 18% Anyone that doesn't at least leave 18% if they are happy with there service is a douche bag as well. People should be educated on tipping because so many don't know how to tip.

  27. 27

    DOUCHE! DOUCHE DOUCHE DOUCHE DOUCHE DOUCHE!!! I am by no means a rich person…living barely above the poverty line as it is. But as someone who has worked in service all their life, I ALWAYS manage to pay at least 20% tip for good service. And five hours of overtime on a COMPED dinner is good service. Fucking douchebag.

  28. 28

    He's not a douche. PRINCE HAIRY is– for telling a black comedian that he didn't sound black and for calling a guy a Paki last year. HAIRBALL needs to be locked up. He's just acting up cuz he knows he's never gonna be King.

    P.S. Michael Stipe and his crap band are no longer relevant. No one cares about him anyway.

  29. 29

    What a fucken bastard. What piece of shit. That is awful. I hope someone takes a dump on his face someday like he apparently does on other people.

  30. 30

    That's just arrogant shitty behaviour. I don;t make alot of money but I always tip well. I've seen so many times over and over the crappy attitudes waitstaff have to put up with and they have to keep on smiling. Shame on you Stipe

  31. 31

    Oh, not shiny and happy.

  32. 32

    Jane Pratt I hope you don't try to white wash this.

  33. 33

    Name Names,
    Fuck these cheap motherfuckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. 34


    Sara Barron here, the writer who's book "People Are Unappealing" got a little buzz action today c/o the nypost article, and your lovely, lovely blog.

    An additional fact you must know about me: I adore you. Always have. Twas an honor beyond explanation to be included on your blog today.

    and thank you to all your blog commenters for the support. i need all the help i can get, after all: mama's pushing 30 and still waiting tables. my feet hurt.

  35. sushi says – reply to this


    Re: lakiacs – Hysterical. I loves it.

    Listen she's just lucky he didn't leave his butt fucking cum on the table as a tip.

  36. 36

    Still love the eccentric Stipe.

  37. 37

    Why give this boney turd a free meal anyway. He looks like a drugged out space caddet. Cheap fucker…Like its a privildge to feed his has-been ass. I walked behind him in New York a few years back and he smelled like cat shit ,incense & piss.

  38. 38

    because he's gay, and being out is the free ticket to
    dare you to knock the chip off the shoulder-dom.
    Oops, I think we all just did…..

  39. 39

    What a piece of crap.
    I will never buy his albums again.
    I hope no one else does either.

  40. 40

    Hope you make lots of $$ off this book Twat Waffle Victim. Go put your feet up. Love the name haha

  41. 41

    he IS a douche who needs to just shoot himself

  42. 42

    he is a bitchy old queen…..
    but that is totally lame…..Tori Amos left me 75 bucks on a 200.00 tab…….and even retard Jeff Foxworthy tipped me at least 30%……….
    bad mikey……very very tacky

  43. 43

    As I already said Stipe is a douche for leaving no tip.
    However, where did this 20% nonsense come from?
    As long as I have been on earth it has been 15%.
    In addition, I think there should be a maximum on the tip and after that the restaurant owner should pay you the difference.
    If I sat down and ordered burgers or I ordered shrimp and lobster, you still did the same amount of work.
    After a certain amount of money the restaurant is making a massive profit and they should share with the server, not the customer.
    Or for example if I ordered a $30 bottle of wine, or a $1,000 bottle of wine, you did the same work and don't deserve a tip based on percentage.

  44. 44

    I really doubt that it was Michael Stipe she is referring to. His friends perhaps- but I waited tables in Athens,GA for years and years and know for a fact that dude tips. Very Well. Like, $50 on a $50 tab- and this is a common thing for him to do. Sure, I have heard folks around calling him an Asshole,but hey, that is normal celeb stuff I guess. Anyhow I have waited on him a bunch and he tipped like a rock star should every time. He was always polite but not terribly social with the wait staff…which is why you go out to eat with your friends,no? Jerk? maybe,who knows. Bad tipper? No way!

  45. 45

    Why didn't they jus call the cops and have them all arrested for theft? Trying to skip out on a bill in a restaurant is a crime in any state (perhaps not Hollywierd when it's a celeb?) Still it happened in 'NYC? They cater and bow down to 'hollywierd? Something isn't right about this story? If you or I tried to walk out with out paying for a meal we'd end up in jail…

  46. 46

    Supplimental: Oops! I see it was for just not leaving a tip:( Still very sad:(

  47. 47

    And I thought all gays were good tippers. I am shocked and appalled!

  48. 48

    Not cool! I always tip well. Wait Staff will get even.

  49. 49

    I used to love his band until he began using it as a platform for his liberal politics. Finding out he's a self involved creep is just too good to be true!

  50. Sweet says – reply to this


    What a loser! His music has always sucked anyway.

  51. 51

    I waited on Mark McGwire and he also is a douche and bad tipper.

  52. 52

    He was a delightful conversationalist as we chatted, waiting in the business and first class check in line for our return flight to the states from Charles de Gaulle not so long ago.

  53. AMO says – reply to this


    When meal gets comped; I tip atleast half of what the check was.

  54. 54

    typical ENTITLED celebratard….I was so hoping boooooobama would lose b/c stipers said he would LEAVE AMERICA FOR GOOD…..So suck it up and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. 55

    Re: Angus8 – Jesus… angus8 what are you some Republican or something. Fuck man don't you get it the shiny happy people who work in those high end 1000$ bottle places are better than the waitress at Denny's and deserve that money. What are you fucking retarded? They deserve 200$ tip for doing nothing. Tips are total BS I would rather pay more for the food and the waitress gets a decent salary for dealing with assholes. At least she wouldn't get stiffed.

  56. 56

    He's always been an arrogant dick-this is NOT news Perez

  57. 57

    Shame on him!! Nominating him for Douche Bag of the Year… And the year has barely begun!!! How sad.

  58. 58

    Next time anyone serves him, snot in his food. Teach that shit for brains a lesson.

  59. minka says – reply to this


    Hey jerk face, when I'm comped like that, especially with a large group, I tip at least 50 percent. And I'm not rude.

  60. 60

    Michael Stipe is such a tool! What an asshole!

  61. 61

    Celebs don't think people notice this stuff but they do. Best restaurant customer ever for me was Bryan Adams who couldn't have been more gentlemanly, tipped well, and set me up with tickets for his show that night.

  62. 62

    Well, he is not an honest man, I saw his dating profile at a ………..www celebmingle com………….. with username jugdethme. what does he want? Looking for a beauty or a wealthy woman?

  63. 63

    Re: Angus8 – obviously you have never worked in the restaurant biz. when you only make 2.13 an hour, which is the rate for a server where I live, it sucks when you get stiffed. you rely on tips! Don't buy the $1000 dollar bottle if you can't afford to leave the appropriate tip! And 20% is the right rate, cause I get taxed on the SALES, so when someone leaves nothing I have to pay taxes on it anyways!
    Take care of your wait staff!!!!

  64. 64

    Was it clear that Michael was the host for the evening? Someone else may have been responsible for the tab (and got lucky that it was comped because of Michael's friendship w/ Mario) and they are the offending party…I know Michael can behave like a Diva but he can also be kind and thoughtful. His friends are not finest quality people I have ever met though. Just sayin.

  65. 65

    Quit yer bitchin and get real jobs that don't rely on customers' generosity ya degenerates!

  66. 66

    Yep…big douche!!! met him in Soho 6 yrs back and it was my bday and I am the biggest REM fan ever!!! Not even a hello or autograph. Was so excited to see him and he KILLED my night!! It's the end of the world as u know it…douche!!!

  67. 67

    Stipe is an ugly old man. Mikey- you are not superman- you cannot do anything- you are just a thankless old troll.

    Grow the fuck up!

  68. 68

    I've always thought he was a dick. His lyrics SUCK too…

  69. 69

    sara Barron: Good for you, Mama.
    Bring that shithead down. and Mario too. It's up to him to protect his servers. If he comps a dinner he should either tell the compee to tip or cover the thing himself. He's a suckup for stipe and she thinks she's way hotter than she is because she can open a restaurant after closing.

  70. 70

    Hasn't he ALWAYS been a douche? I was an REM fan in the 80's & 90's - and even then I saw him as a complete a-hole who took his bandmates for granted.

  71. theD says – reply to this


    Stipe,- you need to tip her you INFESTED piece of shit!!!! Youre not even that great- who do u think u are…..

  72. 72

    Grautity is termed as such for a reason. if she were so concerned about it she should work someplace where her income is guaranteed rather than gratuitous. Duh.

  73. 73

    He eats?!

  74. 74

    I've met him. He's a total dick. It's commonly known.

  75. 75

    HAHAHAHA shardy! you are soooo right. i love how people think that cooks and servers don't spit in the customer's food when they're very rude to the staff… newsflash: THEY DO. ALL THE TIME. hhahahah joke's on you, stipe.

    hahah true story- condescending asshole customer is a complete douche while ordering for like 5 minutes, then asks for the "mystery flavor"- hoo boy. i mean, you almost can't even blame the cooks for what they did- how can you call your server stupid for no reason and then ask for the mystery flavor? wanna know what it was made of? (i didn't do this, myself. this is too much for me) mountain dew, dirt, cigarette ashes and the grossest spit they could muster.

  76. 76

    I'm a cocktail waitress at a club and I've waited on countless celebs and tons of sports players… the vast majority of which have no manners and have no clue how to tip! I often find that doucheness exponentially increases as income and notoriety grow for most celebs. Isn't it funny how quickly so many of them forget the real value of a dollar and how difficult it is for normal people to make one!

  77. 77

    He's known to snub his fans. He's like Gwinneth, got his head stuck up his arse.

    He's a fabulous singer though.

  78. 78

    I toured with him once and then years later he pretended he didnt recognize me. Total Asshole.

  79. pomme says – reply to this


    i don't believe that because i work in restaurant in tiny town of South France and he often goes with friends.He always is nice , give good tips but he dislike paps!

  80. Synik says – reply to this


    Stipe is a cheap ass douchebag, but I also think Mario Batali also has something to answer for. He kept the staff on hand, he should have made sure they were compensated. I'm disappointed in him, but then this is the guy who traveled all over Spain with Gwyneth Paltrow, which tells you something.

  81. 81


  82. 82

    i ususally don't stand for this sort of thing, yet i still find myself in love with him. i'd love to teach him some manners!

  83. mommy says – reply to this


    I use to cocktail at Lemon Bar in NYC (7 years ago). He came in late night on a Monday night, ordering tons of drink and food. Of course my manager comped most of his bill and they left about $10…big CHEAPO He and his entorouge weren't rude, they were friendly, but veryyyyy CHEAP!!!

    Celebrities make enough money, they need to be pumping it back into the economy. Ever think about all the free stuff that is giving to celebrites. All of that free stuff could really help out a lot of poor people in this world!!

  84. 84

    poor homeless…

  85. 85

    As a former server this just makes my blood boil. I though I had something to complain about but it was all nothing compared to THIS.

    U N F U C K I N G B E L I E V A B L E.


  86. 86

    I thought that was Fred Durst!

  87. 87

    Here is another example of sanctimonious PC liberals that are blabbing about how much more caring and compassionate they are than the rest of the world yet don't treat people with basic manners. If this is true, FUCK STIPE, and all other celeb assholes just like him.

  88. 88

    He's a major asshole. I met him once back in 1986 (or maybe 87) and he was super rude, right off the bat. I was an 18 year old kid, a big fan, who just wanted to say hi to him at the club we were at and he was nasty! It's not like he was busy or anything. He was sitting by himself. Never bought his music again!

  89. 89

    The Wanna-be is just dissing him cause she wants to be famous.
    I hope that know one wants to read her Sh*t
    She for sure is a wanna- be singer -actress etc etc
    and she never made it
    i had a really brief conversation years ago with Mr Stipe in London .. he said the cloths i was wearing were super cool…i didn't t approach him,he approached me and he was fun & really sweet maybe the American girls aren't so fly after all

  90. Laxer says – reply to this


    I have to question the motivations of the writer.

  91. 91

    Question… why they agreeded to service him? when you are closed you are closed PERIOD… why letting their staff go on this public humillation???
    It's hard for me to believe though that Stipe himself acted like that, I worked for him once and he was really nice and smiling… that was a long tme ago though but I don't see why he would change…

  92. 92

    been a waiter forever and dealt w him at sundance once, was just as you would expect, quiet and polite…. i smell a rat here…

  93. 93

    Re: Twat Waffle Victim
    I have to say, because of this blog, I am going to buy your book. Good luck to you! Looking forward to what sounds like a wonderful read.

  94. 94

    I feel that everyone should spend some time in the service industry. I also believe that everyone would be better off it we treated each other with a modicum of respect, and kindness.
    The actions of that entire group are shameful.