Jane Adams. Photo: Chuck Hodes, HBO
Jon-Barrett Ingels, 31, says he worked at Barney Greengrass, the cafe on the fifth floor of Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, Calif., and documented his celebrity encounters under the Twitter username, PapaBarrett. Ingels had dished about his on-the-job celeb encounters to his followers, with comments like "Thurs: Tori Spelling eats salami eggs and onions. BTW when did Tori become hot? Also Emilio Estevez looks like his dad," or, "Watched Neil Strauss (The Game) pick up girls and Mindy Kaling talking at a hungover BJ Novak (The Office). My work is not reality!"
But he tells Slashfood that his Twitter of an encounter with actress Jane Adams put an end to that job.
"Tues: Jane Adams, star of HBO series 'Hung' skipped out on a $13.44 check. Her agent called and payed [sic.] the following day. NO TIP!!!" he wrote in his fifth Tweet.
Ingels recounted the experience on his blog, where he explained that Adams allegedly couldn't find her wallet in her purse and asked if she could go to her car and grab it.
"It's not like I wouldn't remember who she was," Ingels said.
Two days later, Ingels said a representative of Adams called one of the restaurant's managers to pay the bill sans tip, prompting his angry Tweet.
"I'm a struggling actor too, and I felt like in that moment she lost the sense that I'm trying to do the same thing that's she's doing," Ingels told Slashfood. "I just became the guy that brought her soup."
At the time, the waiter only had 22 Twitter followers who were "mostly hot young girls that want me to look at their webcams," Ingels blogged. Though Ingels says Adams did return a month later to tip him and apologize, the damage had been done.
Barney's Corporate found his Twitter account, which at the time was listed under his full name, and pushed his manager to fire the waiter of five years over the Twittering after complaints -- despite the fact that he never said where he worked in any of his Tweets.
"I understand they want to keep a safe environment for the celebrities and I think that I broke that safety," Ingels told Slashfood. "Had they come to me and said you need to take this down or change it to private, had I been told if you don't do this, you're going to lose your job -- I would've done that."
The Beverly Hills Barney Greengrass declined to comment to Slashfood, as did Adams' manager.
On Sept. 23, Ingels Tweeted, "Working at the LA Opera today. WooHoo a job!" He later added, "That is all that I'm gonna write about THIS job." Ingels, however, is still unemployed and looking for another full-time job.
[Via This Is Brand X]