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Gordon sits down for a levelheaded chat and warns Robert that he will really struggle to remain calm, but if he starts to smell the BS of denial, he will unload in true Ramsay fashion. Yes! Pleas provoke him, Robert. I love true Ramsay fashion.
When Gordon asks to hear the logic behind allowing a bunch of freeloading friends to overrun the place and not leave tips, Robert claims he wanted them there to boost the energy of the place. That’s great Robert, but vibes alone don’t pay the bills. Here’s what I don’t get: Robert wouldn’t very well condescend to hang with poor people, and to be honest, poor people would probably make it a point to tip, since most people with little money have worked their share of customer service shit jobs and know what it’s like to rely on tips. So who are these people? What kind of friends would accept thousands of dollars in freebies like that and not even tip the people bringing the free stuff? Are they just nouveau riche trash who don’t know any better?
Robert justifies his tip mooching by saying he’s earned those tips in training the staff. Oh, there’s that BS Gordon mentioned. Then he says that he trains them to complete tasks a certain way, and takes a portion of their tips to motivate them to do the job properly. TAKES A PORTION OF THEIR TIPS TO MOTIVATE THEM.
After hearing this nugget of crazy, Gordon is starting to lose it, and Robert’s at least shamed into admitting that he thought he’d invited his friends with the understanding that they would tip the staff. He says he’ll call them and tell them they needed to pony up, and Gordon says he doesn’t have the balls. Robert, not about to let his balls take that kind of insult, pulls out his phone and to his credit he starts confronting some poor woman on speakerphone. I wonder if this will reveal he’s full of shit, or if there really was a misunderstanding. Maybe the woman will be a real bitch and flat out say she doesn’t tip. But sure enough, bullshit wins the day. Gordon hears the woman say quite clearly that she left tip money…with Robert! At this, Gordon just books it out of that trailer before he bashes Robert in the head with an antique pig statue. Another similar call takes place, and I don’t know if Robert honestly just didn’t realize that the money left behind was for the staff, or if he just tucked it away or funneled it into more antiques, or whatever. It sure didn’t make it to the staff, and I doubt it ever will. As Gordon storms away in his SUV, Robert breaks down and weeps.