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Restaurant owner puts LeSean McCoy on blast, Charlie Sheen offers his assistance

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The “LeSean McCoy Tipgate” saga seemingly has a longer hot topic shelf life than anticipated, and the predominant reason behind the story having such legs is how the owner of the restaurant where the Philadelphia Eagles running back left a terrible tip on Monday keeps perpetuating the cycle by making comments.

Whether the poor tip was the result of terrible service, an inconsiderate act by McCoy or a combination of both, PYT owner Tommy Up isn’t ready to let this story peter out.

McCoy hasn’t said much about the incident, but Philadelphia Daily News scribe Les Bowen did offer up the following details and observations on Twitter on Tuesday.

Up took to the restaurant’s Facebook page to blast McCoy for the behavior exhibited by he and his dining companions. The lengthy statement in its entirety follows:

A MESSAGE FROM THE OWNER:

I would like to address the LeSean McCoy tipping situation and our role in it.

For starters, I take total and complete responsibility for sharing this receipt. It was not our server’s decision, it was mine. I am to blame.

I decided to take action after some serious thought. And while I’d like to apologize to Mr McCoy, I cannot in good conscience do so. I stand by my actions one hundred percent.

Mr McCoy and his three companions came into my place on Monday afternoon, and immediately the whole staff was excited. Mr McCoy is a skilled athlete and is one of our beloved Philadelphia Eagles. A true Philly legend and a sports hero. Understandably my staff was really pumped, especially on the heels of they terrific win the day before. (Go Eagles!).

Mr McCoy and his friend sat inside at a booth next to my management and next to me. They were given excellent service. Impeccable service. If anything, our server was a little nervous as was our food runner, because they are big, big fans.

He and his group, from the moment they sat down, were verbally abusive to our staff in the most insulting ways. The derogatory statements about women and their sheer contempt for the staff serving them wasn’t the end, however. After Mr McCoy and his group left I looked over and saw their server, my friend, with his head bowed down and with a very confused look on his face. I took the receipt out of his hand and I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so callous. Mr McCoy had left a .03% tip for our staff. Our staff that was beyond excited to see him walk into our burger joint and was excited to serve him. That’s twenty cents on a tab of over $60. Twenty cents that our server has to split with the food runner and the bartender. Two dimes from an insulting multimillionaire.

I bet Mr McCoy is usually an awesome dude. And everyone has their bad days. But I’m from Philly and have had the pleasure of meeting many of our bad ass sports heroes. Ron Jaworski I met as a kid and I love. Iverson I loved. Mike Schmidt! You name ’em. I love all of our athletes past and present. Hometown heroes who treat those below them with some respect. And maybe Mr McCoy was having a “bad day” after his big victory all that, but the reports of him receiving “bad service” is a complete slanderous lie, and my crew here is better than that and deserves better than that.

At the end of the day, I did what I felt my heart told me to do. And I don’t want anything from Mr McCoy, but…maybe an apology to his server who gave him excellent service would be cool.

Again, I am the owner and I take full responsibility for my actions. Eagles fans, I feel ya. Id be pissed too. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and stick up for his friends.

Hate mail should be directed to tommy@pytburger.com. I will respond to you right after I catch up on this mornings hate mail.

While it’s nice that Up took responsibility for “LeSean McCoy Tipgate” and wished that he could apologize to McCoy, the need to defend the integrity of his employees and business evidently took precedence. Loyalty can be a redeeming quality, although Up, despite his protestations, probably wishes he never made McCoy’s tip public.

On the other hand, it has generated a ton of publicity for his restaurant, some good, some bad. But as the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Up deserves credit as well for making available his email so Eagles fans have a conduit through which to express their anger. That’s nice, too.

It appears, though, that a happy ending is in store in this sordid saga, at least for the server who allegedly had such a terrible experience dealing with McCoy and his pals.

And who is to thank for that? Charlie Sheen, of course.

The gallant actor rode a metaphorical white steed into the Twitter Kingdom on Wednesday to pledge his support for the restaurant, offering up some cash to make things right.

Tip debacle, indeed.

That Charlie Sheen. It’s like he has tiger blood coursing through his veins. Or something.