10 Most Generous Tips in the World
1Pizza Hut Waitress Receives $10,000 Tip, Goes to College
2Cop Splits $1 Lottery Ticket With Waitress, They Win $6 Million
This is probably the most famous generous tip of all. On March 30, 1984 at Sal's Pizzeria in Yonkers, New York, a police detective named Robert Cunningham made an off-the-cuff suggestion to waitress Phyllis Penzo. No, it wasn't sexual - he asked her if she would want to split potential winnings on a $1 lottery ticket instead of a tip. She agreed, and helped pick three of the six numbers. Lo and behold, the next day that $1 ticket was worth $6 million, which was evenly split between the two. This was later turned into a movie called It Could Happen To You starring Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda, but many of the facts were changed. The two were never romantically involved and kept their modest lifestyles. Penzo, who worked at Sal's for 24 years, continued waitressing until 1986, when she finally got tired of customers offering her lottery tickets.
3$12,000 Tip or Drug Money?
4Waitress Receives $1,000 Tip on $60.42 for a Trip to Italy
"ABOUT… 15 MINUTES AGO THIS GUY SHE WAITED ON LEFT AND TOLD HER TO TAKE CARE. JUST THAT. PRIOR TO THIS SHE HAD TALKED TO HIM ABOUT ITALY. HER PEOPLE ARE FROM FLORENCE, THIS AND THAT, AND SHE SAID SHE'S NEVER BEEN. SHE'S GOT 8 YEARS OF ART EDUCATION AND SHE'S WORKING A WAITRESS JOB. IT'S PRETTY… SAD AND DISAPPOINTING, I GUESS. HER AND MY FATHER DIVORCED 6 YEARS AGO AND SHE HASN'T HAD A REAL JOB EVER. JUST BEEN STUCK IN A SMALL TOWN SHE'S NOT FROM.
THIS MAN WHO WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE TIPPED HER 1000 DOLLARS FOR A TRIP TO ITALY. WALKED OUT, NOT ANOTHER WORD."
The story went viral, even though its scant details make it hard to actually prove. Technically, according to the receipt, the customer stiffed the restaurant 42 cents! It's unclear whether the woman did indeed go to Italy at all. If you want to know more, you can ask the daughter on her blog (link below).
5Waiter Gets $5,000 Tip on $26, Replaces Damaged Car
6Johnny Depp's $4,000 Tip
One famously generous celebrity tipper is Johnny Depp, star of many huge blockbusters (as well as flops). Regardless of his latest box office hit-or-miss, he always treats waitstaff well. One of his most generous gratuities was to Mohammed A. Sekhani, a long-time waiter at Gibson's, a famous Chicago steak joint. One particular evening in 2009, Radar Online reported that Depp and a group of friends took up a private room at 11:30 pm, ordering expensive bottles of wine and baked clams. When they left at 2:30 am, he treated “Mo” to a hearty $4,000 tip and promised to return. I'm sure Mo is counting the days!
7$500 Left for Random Waiters and Waitresses as Part of a Dying Wish
8$458 Tip for a Pizza Waitress
9$446 Tip on a $6 Meal at Steak ‘n Shake
10Rapper The Game Leaves $250 Tip, Claims it was $6,000
Celebrities: either they are huge tippers or notoriously stingy. Rapper The Game falls somewhere in between. On Easter Sunday 2013, Game went for a meal at Capitale Grille in West Hollywood, and proudly tweeted a photo of waiter Eme Ikuakor holding a wad of cash and claiming he left a $6000 tip. “My HEART made me do it," said part of the rambling message. Upon investigation by TMZ, however, it turns out that the actual amount was $250. It's still a big tip, but not quite as tweet-worthy as it appeared.
To tip or not to tip, that is the question.
Leaving a gratuity for a person in the service industry is a standard practice in the United States, but elsewhere in the world there are different customs. The U.S. is at the top of the list for both type and amount of tips - usually about 15% for waitstaff. Elsewhere, as in Europe, a gratuity is automatically added to the bill. However, in countries like Vietnam or Argentina tipping is actually illegal. Still, the majority of people who serve you work for minimum to sub-minimum wage, and they usually rely on tips to supplement their income. Remember that when the check comes!
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