Extreme generosity never goes out of style – especially during a pandemic.
A good Samaritan left a lofty $3,000 tip on a single $7 pint of beer at a Cleveland restaurant voluntarily shutting down amid the coronavirus crisis — giving four servers an unexpected boost to their wallets on Sunday.
“So just before we closed today at Nighttown a customer walked in and ordered a beer and asked for the check and handed his credit card slip to me, wished me well while we sit out our voluntary shutdown and told me to share the tip amongst the wait staff of which there were four working brunch today,” owner Brendan Ring wrote on Facebook.
Ring then glanced at the receipt and saw a “whopping” $3,000 gratuity on the bill of just $7.02 — and assumed it was an error.
“I looked down at the check, but I didn’t have my glasses on,” Ring told Cleveland.com. “I said, ‘Holy oh my, he just left a $300 tip.’ Then I put my glasses on and it hit my eyes. What the — it was $3,000. I ran out the door after him … He said, ‘No, I meant it. Make sure, enjoy, Merry Christmas, we’ll see you when you reopen.”
Ring said the unexpected gesture was “unbelievable” and prompted some tears at the restaurant and jazz club that opened in 1965.
The restaurant is being shuttered until further notice as Ohio continues to see record highs of coronavirus cases. State health officials tallied 11,885 cases Monday, just one day after the customer’s surprising act of kindness, Cleveland.com reported.
Ring, who said he knows the customer well, declined to identify the man, but said his “beautiful gesture” led to a couple of servers getting emotional as they closed out their last shifts.
“You can’t write this stuff,” Ring said. “You hear these stories once in a while around the country about a guy leaving a big tip. I have never experienced in all my years here … Everyone is looking to grasp onto something that gives us hope these days, and this is a bright shining-star moment.”
The big-hearted customer didn’t even finish his Stella before leaving the 42,735% tip, an employee told WEWS-TV.
“He literally took two small sips out of it, signed his check and left,” bartender Heather Sandow said.
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