The crew of Parsifal III weren't happy to see Erica Rose and Charles Sanders, Below Deck Sailing Yacht's memorably bratty season-two guests, when the couple returned for another high-maintenance charter this season. And they were even more perturbed when they were given a suspiciously light tip envelope at the end — not only one of the lowest on Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 3 but in the entirety of Below Deck history.
Charles and Erica on Below Deck Sailing Yacht were already on the receiving end of fans' disapproval with their incessant complaints about the food during the March 7 episode, and their inelegant behavior during the March 14 edition further stoked the flames.
The guests damaged the boat's $50,000 couch with spray-tan stains ("Who puts on body makeup and sits on a white couch on a superyacht?!"), awkwardly serenaded Captain Glenn Shephard with a 'sexy' Marilyn Monroe rendition during dinner and, yes, had more finicky food specifications — which chef Marcos Spaziani fulfilled even after withstanding a horrific head injury during meal prep. Even a member of their party said of Charles: "He's the biggest douchebag you've ever met."
Despite Charles and Erica's bad behavior, the Below Deck crew went above and beyond to meet their every demand — which made the tip they received even more insulting.
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"I don't personally feel this tip reflects the quality of service we gave these guys," Captain Glenn began the crew's regular tip meeting. "You guys worked really hard and pulled out all the stops to make this the best charter for them."
Despite all that, Charles Sanders and Erica Rose gave the crew a paltry $6,500 tip for the charter. Jaws dropped and chief stew Daisy Kelliher said: "I honestly think I'm about to burst into tears."
For comparison, the average tip on Below Deck is between $15,000 to $20,000 per charter, customarily 20 percent of the full-price fee for chartering the yacht. This comes out to about $1,600 to $2,200 per crewmate — a hefty chunk of change more than what Charles Sanders left them.
"They could have given us 30 grand, 40 grand, 50 grand — no money in the world would make me happy to work for people like that," Daisy said in a confessional.
Fan reactions to Charles Sanders on Below Deck:
Is that the worst tip ever in the history of Below Deck? That’s so bad and they were AWFUL. They need to be banned. #belowdecksailingMarch 15, 2022
His HOBBY is going to restaurants and complaining about food so he doesn’t have to pay. DO NOT SERVE THIS MAN. #BelowDeckSailing pic.twitter.com/q61J2Ibb6dMarch 15, 2022
$6500 tip?! You guys are trash. Ban them from the show. They aren’t good tv. They aren’t good people. #belowdecksailingMarch 15, 2022
I have never in my 9 years or #belowdeck, 7 years of #belowdeckmed and 3 years of #belowdecksailing seen a $6,500 tip. I. AM. LIVID. pic.twitter.com/uUkAImOrWPMarch 15, 2022
Wait... $6,500 total? Not each? Ummm excuse me? Wowoowoowow so they cheap and awful people to be around. Hope they never come back #belowdecksailing #BelowDeckSailingYachtMarch 15, 2022
Since Glenn saved $ on the couch clean up, he should bill them $20,000 for labor and split the $ with the crew. #belowdecksailingMarch 15, 2022
Janelle & Rhett are classy peeps. Erika & her douche of a husband have no class. The tip was a joke & the staff deserve more. I can’t stand rude ass stuck up people. I hope to never see them again. @BravoTV #belowdeck #belowdeckmed #belowdecksailingMarch 15, 2022
The tip??! WTAF?? Of all the seasons I’ve watched this and the first Below Deck, there has NEVER been a tip this cheap! It’s like leaving a buck after paying a grand for dinner. #BelowDeckSailingMarch 15, 2022
@BravoTV was that the lowest tip in below deck franchise history?! I need answers cause that is just awful and they shouldn't be asked or allowed back #belowdecksailing #BelowDeckSailingYacht @BravoWWHL pic.twitter.com/AmcMjyVnHJMarch 15, 2022
✅ “best dinner of my life” then mind changed to “worst” next morning when complaining ✅ made chef cook a Golden Corral dinner✅ ruined white couch with tanner✅ rude and uncouth✅ worst tip in Below Deck History #BelowDeckSailing pic.twitter.com/u3ILCQp6xVMarch 15, 2022
New episodes of Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 3 air on Bravo on Mondays at 8 pm ET, and are available to stream the next day on Peacock (opens in new tab) (US) and Hayu/Sky TV (opens in new tab) (UK).
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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