It started with this Feb. 23 post on the Future Ex Banker blog (now MIA)
It landed on The Huffington Post — of course! — the next day.
It was finally knocked down on Monday:
From: Jami Reagan [mailto:XXXXXX@shinefactorypr.com]
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 3:32 PM
Subject: True Food Kitchen Media Statement
Hi, Following please find the statement from True Food Kitchen.
We’re glad to respond to the news stories about a tipping incident at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach.
Our first concern upon learning about this situation was our staff. We are very fortunate to have employees that are talented, bright, and undoubtedly, some of the best in the business.
However, we would like to report that there is misinformation circulating about this situation. The dining receipt that was originally posted on the blog, Future Ex Banker, and then republished by various websites, was, in fact, altered and exaggerated. We’d also like to assure people that the receipt was not posted and altered by anyone on behalf of True Food Kitchen. We respect our guests’ privacy and take it very seriously; we would never share personal information.
Jami Reagan, Shine Factory, on behalf of True Food Kitchen
The Smoking Gun reports is told that the amount on the actual receipt is $33.54 — not $133.54 — and that the actual tip was more than $7 on the $33.54 tab.