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The catch? The winner has to write a thank-you note to PYT waitstaff.
In the words of the inimitable George Carlin, “Nail two things together and some schmuck will buy it.”
Carlin, who was just as much of a philosopher as he was a stand-up comedian, couldn’t have been more right. After all, the right amount of money can buy you virtually anything, from animal poop for your enemies to a random stranger’s hair.
Now, you can buy what has probably become the most infamous receipt in the country, a receipt at the center of a story whose prominence in the news media will diminish entirely before September does: the receipt showing LeSean McCoy’s 20-cent tip at PYT Burger in Philadelphia.
As you’ll no doubt recall, the Philadelphia Eagles running back inadvertently made headlines last week when he awarded his waiter at the dining establishment a 20-cent tip on a $61 bill. PYT Burger proprietor Tommy Up posted the picture of the offending receipt to Facebook, where it soon spread to Reddit and every other corner of the Internet. Even Charlie Sheen got involved, pledging the waiter $1,000 via Twitter. The story divided people about as harshly as a Mac/PC debate would, forcing some to side with McCoy’s right to leave any tip he wants and others to side with the waiter, who was all but stiffed by a local millionaire.
According to the eBay listing, user “fauxrean” came into possession of the receipt from Up himself, who wanted to “ensure something positive comes out of this somewhat negative action that has recently taken place.”
“With your help we’ll be able to leave the largest tip possible to all PYT employees for their hard work and dedication. The only thing we would like to ask on your end is for the winner to write a personalized note or card to the PYT staff, which we give to the staff along with the winning bid/tip,” fauxrean wrote on the listing.
At the time of this writing, the highest bid is $99,900, over 1,600 times the actual amount of McCoy’s meal.
Mike Fenn is a former contributor to the Daily Dot whose beats included Reddit, YouTube, and all things WTF. His work has also appeared in Forbes and News.com.au.