Customer Leaves $1K Tip for Dog's Surgery

Bartender tried to return money, but tipper insisted she keep it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2014 12:07 PM CDT

(Newser) Another story about a big tip is in the news, but this one has a couple of twists—the recipient tried to give the money back, and it all revolves around a sick dog. As CNN reports, a couple ordered drinks and wings at a bar in Clinton, NJ, and the guy noticed a paw-print tattoo on barkeep Christina Summitt's wrist. That led to a conversation about her work as a volunteer with rescue animals and about how her own dog needed surgery after swallowing a tennis ball.

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When the man paid up, he wrote in a $1,000 tip on his credit card bill. Summitt brought it back and said, "Sir, there’s no way I can take this," she tells the Daily News. But he insisted that she keep it as a thank-you for her work with animals and that she put it toward her dog Tucker's surgery, which she did. (He's doing fine after surgery last weekend.) "He was so cool and laid back about it," Summitt says of the Good Samaritan. "I can’t believe someone would just do that." (Click for more stories about big tippers, including one man whose generosity honors his late brother.)

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