Drunk Diner Accidentally Tips 1,800%

He asked for it back once he'd sobered up
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2016 10:19 AM CDT
Sometimes tipping is best left to the sober.   (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

(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 found the cash stuffed in the checkbook. "He said he'd read a lot of stories like this, but usually the tip is a couple hundred dollars, not $1,000," she tells the Denver Post. And even though tips are pooled, "he was so happy."

Anantatho, however, was skeptical and decided to wait before dishing out the cash in case the diner came back. And there he was when the restaurant opened the next day. "He said, 'I'm sorry, I was drunk.' He didn't know he put all the money he had in the checkbook," says Anantatho, noting he may have thought the $100 bills were actually $1 bills. He took back the money, but left Anantatho with $60 to cover his meal plus an impressive, but relatively disappointing, $40 tip. As Mashable puts it, "that must have been one hell of a drunken noodle." (This no-tipping experiment fizzled.)

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