A diner who had invested in cryptocurrency tipped a waiter at a Pennsylvania restaurant a whopping $3,000 on a $13 bill, according to a new report.
When out-of-town patron Eric Smith recently paid for a stromboli at Alfredo’s Cafe in Scranton, he surprised waitress Mariana Lambert with the generous tip, CNN reported Sunday.
“When it came time to pay his check, Lambert walked into my office, teary-eyed and shaking, and said a customer had tipped her $3,000 on his $13.25 bill,” he said Matt Martini, a manager at the facility, told the outlet in a statement.
The beneficiary of the customer’s generosity, who worked at the restaurant for about two years, told a local publication that she was “touched” by the gesture.
“It really meant a lot to me because everyone goes through this. It really touched my heart. I still can not believe it. I’m still in shock,” Lambert said, according to local TV station WNEP.
She also recalled that staff were initially unconvinced that the tip – which was delivered on June 16 – went overboard.
“We checked his card and everything went through. We took his ID and took pictures of everything,” Lambert reportedly explained. “They waited a little bit to make sure it was real and went through and it ended up being real.”
Zachary Jacobson, a manager at the family-run restaurant, told CNN that Smith is from Pennsylvania and is “involved in cryptocurrency” and wants to “give back to the community.”
The generous customer wrote “Tips for Jesus” on his receipt, in an apparent reference to the anonymous Instagram account “tipsforjesus,” which Jacobson says shows unusually large tips for waiters at restaurants across the country.
Former PayPal executive Jack Selby has been suspected of driving the trend for years.
“I’m happy to see people giving back,” Jacobson said, according to the outlet. “It’s a very difficult industry to get involved in, especially during Covid.”
“It’s good to know there are still good people out there,” the manager reportedly added. “It helped her a lot.”
https://nypost.com/2022/07/24/crypto-bro-gives-3k-tip-on-13-bill-at-pennsylvania-restaurant/ Crypto Bro tips $3,000 on $13 bill at Pennsylvania restaurant