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Waitress's $400 Tip Was Just the First Surprise

Couple will pay off student loans of Cayla Chandara

(Newser) - It's not every day you get a 200% tip. For Hawaiian waitress Cayla Chandara, that was only the beginning. Chandara, 22, struck up a conversation with a friendly Australian couple last week at the Thai restaurant where she works in Waikiki. They got to talking and she mentioned her... More »

Couple Leaves Waitress 'Tip'— That Her Place Is in the Home

Woman in SC is single and 'humiliated'

(Newser) - A waitress in Greenville, SC, says she is "humiliated" and "heartbroken" by a handwritten "tip" she received, in lieu of a monetary tip, from a couple last week who scolded her for working outside the home, WIS-TV reports. After noting that she is a "good waitress"... More »

Drunk Diner Accidentally Tips 1,800%

He asked for it back once he'd sobered up

(Newser) - A waiter at a Thai restaurant in Edgewater, Colo., was feeling pretty good about himself after receiving a $1,088 tip over the weekend—until the drunk customer who left it returned to get it back. Owner Bee Anantatho of Thailicious says a server was clearing a table when he... More »

Joe's Crab Shack No-Tipping Policy Was No Success

Lost up to 10% of its customers at test sites that dumped gratuities

(Newser) - The first full-service national chain to get rid of tipping is, for the most part, reinstating the practice that its former CEO once called "antiquated." Joe's Crab Shack, which had tried out the gratuity-included model in 18 of its 130 or so restaurants across the country, is... More »

Big Tip Brings Triplet-Raising Grandma to Tears

'Words can't describe how grateful I am'

(Newser) - A bartending grandmother in North Dakota was floored by a tip left by two strangers last Saturday night, ABC News . According to the Grand Forks Herald , 48-year-old Shiela Weisgerber was talking about her 4-year-old triplet grandsons—who she's raised on her own practically since they were born—with customers... More »

Anonymous Denny's 'Angel' Is Revealed

He left a $1.5K tip for his single-mom waitress

(Newser) - A anonymous big tipper with a kind heart is anonymous no more. As Fox 5 DC explains, a man walked into a Denny's in Utah and specifically asked for a waitress who was a single mother. After watching other diners for about two hours, the man paid for the... More »

Amy Schumer Left Big-Time Tip for Hamilton Bartenders

That'd be a $1K tip on a $77 tab

(Newser) - Amy Schumer took in a Broadway play and bought a few drinks Saturday night—and she left an ample tip to thank the bartenders for a fun night out. The comedian placed a $1,000 gratuity on top of her $77 bar bill at a showing of Hamilton, leaving the... More »

Waitress Stiffed for 'Not Looking Normal'

'Zombie Burger' customer not a fan of pink hair

(Newser) - Customers failing to leave tips is a daily fact of life in the restaurant business, though a diner's excuse in Iowa was outstandingly bad: "Tips are only for normal looking people," the customer wrote on the bill after stiffing pink-haired waitress Taelor May Beeck in Des Moines... More »

First Major Restaurant Chain Tests No Tipping

Joe's Crab Shack is testing policy to stave turnover, aid service

(Newser) - Put away the calculator and enjoy dessert: There's no more tipping at Joe's Crab Shack, the first national full-service chain restaurant to test a no-tipping policy, Consumerist reports. In a conference call last week, Ray Blanchette, CEO of parent company Ignite Restaurant Group, told investors that 18 of... More »

Tipping Must Go, but That's Actually Not Enough

Writer makes the case against lower minimum wage laws

(Newser) - News that a prominent New York restaurateur is eliminating tips is good news, but it's not nearly enough, writes Saru Jayaraman in the New York Times . The director of Berkeley's Food Labor Research Institute isn't talking about diners' convenience. She makes the case that tipping is un-American,... More »

Prominent NYC Restaurateur Bans Tipping

Danny Meyer says he wants to increase fairness for cooks, dishwashers, and others

(Newser) - A popular New York City restaurateur is eliminating tipping in all 13 of his restaurants starting in November in the hopes of changing the American dining experience as a whole, the Atlantic reports. Danny Meyer says he's making the change to offer more competitive wages and even things out... More »

Guy Wows Woman With $5K Tip on $120 Massage

Kaleigh Hansen says she'll pay the kindness forward

(Newser) - Kaleigh Hansen must have the magic touch. The massage therapist at the Northern Lights Spa at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport says she gave a Colorado man a basic one-hour massage on Sept. 27 as he waited for a flight back home after a hunting trip, per KTUU . But... More »

Why an NYC Restaurant Pays Servers $25 an Hour

And why some restaurants are abandoning tipping

(Newser) - With many big cities upping the minimum wage, restaurant owners have to contend with higher labor costs—which has led some to abandon the practice of tipping in favor of raising menu prices or adding a mandatory service fee. At Dirt Candy, a Manhattan eatery, a 20% administrative fee is... More »

Fancy Restaurant Kept $500K in Servers' Tips

'Service charge' was a cheat, NY AG says

(Newser) - One of America's ritziest restaurants has been ordered to give around 70 servers a total $500,000 for engaging in what New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman calls some pretty lowly behavior: cheating servers out of their tips. The AG's office says Manhattan restaurant Per Se, which charges... More »

Dead Diner Leaves Waitresses a Wild Tip

Robert 'King of Ming' Ellsworth hands the 2 Maureens $50K apiece

(Newser) - When famed art collector Robert "King of Ming" Ellsworth passed away last August, the 85-year-old was said to have been worth an estimated $200 million; now, two employees of his favorite NYC restaurant have something big to remember him by: $50,000 each. That's what Ellsworth, a decades-long... More »

Guy Delivers Single Pizza, Gets $2,084 Tip

Meeting of real estate agents were feeling appreciative

(Newser) - Now that's a special delivery. A group of real estate agents meeting in Ann Arbor surprised a man by giving him a $2,084 tip for delivering one pizza Thursday. The man, identified only as Rob, was stunned and said on video, "All I did was deliver pizza.... More »

Crowdfunding Nets $21K for Pizza Guy Stiffed on $7 Tip

Car dealership made him return to give back change

(Newser) - A pizza deliveryman confronted by workers at a Massachusetts car dealership over $7 may soon reap the financial rewards of staying cool under pressure. Employees at Westport's F&R Auto Sales gave Jarrid Tansey two $20 bills and two $5 bills for an order just over $42, the Boston ... More »

Restaurant Bans Tips, Gives Servers $35K a Year

Pittsburgh's Bar Marco also will provide health care, paid vacation

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh restaurant's policy change has Eater wondering whether tips will become a thing of the past in the restaurant industry. Starting in April, Bar Marco will stop accepting tips and start paying its full-time servers $35,000 a year, plus benefits unusual for the restaurant world: health care,... More »

Terrible Restaurant Service Elicits ... Understanding

Makenzie and Steven Schultz's $100 tip goes viral

(Newser) - The restaurant service was awful. "Took 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for our entree," wrote Makenzie Schultz in a Facebook post . "Yeah, it was pretty terrible." But rather than one of the knee-jerk rants that clog newsfeeds... More »

Waitress Gave Limbaugh's $2K Tips to Abortion Rights

Merritt Tierce saw it as 'blood money'

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh's big restaurant tip ended up where he wouldn't want it: in the hands of a group supporting abortion rights. A writer who used to wait tables tells her story to the Dallas Morning News : Limbaugh came in twice while she was working, and twice left $2,... More »

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