Could you justify spending $300,000 on a steak dinner? Do you even HAVE $300,000 to spend on a steak dinner? Hell, do you even have enough money for a normal steak dinner?!
I’m not trying to deliberately bum you out or anything; it’s just that Chief Executive of Vice Media, Shane Smith, recently forked over a whopping US$300,000 for a single steak dinner at the Bellagio’s Prime Steakhouse in Las Vegas.
Even for someone with $400 million in his savings account (as estimated by Forbes), 300 grand is a lot to spend on a single steak dinner, am I right? I guess that’s how you know you’ve officially reached “Wolf of Wall Street”-level wealth.
This surprising news comes at a time where Vice is in the spotlight for paying its employees and freelance contributors quite poorly, and surely the revelation that the boss is out eating the most grossly expensive and blatantly over-priced meals in the world should go down like a ton of bricks.
That being said, when Gawker initially brought attention to the subject of Vice’s tight paychecks late last year, Shane Smith responded by giving a million bucks to his staff at their most recent Christmas party (How the hell do you top that this year? A $100 gift voucher to Starbucks probably isn’t going to cut it anymore!).
Considering it’s customary to tip somewhere between 15-20% of the final bill, some lucky waiter or waitress probably scored a $50,000 tip that night – simply for delivering a plate of steak, chips and salad to Smith’s table and presumably keeping his beer topped up!
They say that hospitality can be a tough, grueling industry to work in but perhaps if you were waiting tables at one of the Bellagio’s many classy restaurants…