Customer’s $2,500 Tip Leaves Servers in Tears as Restaurants Close Due to Coronavirus

Tarrah Gibbons
March 17, 2020 - 5:51 pm

A customer did a good deed among the chaos the coronavirus has created for everyone.

The customer in Ohio served up a generous tip to workers at one restaurant. The kind gesture happened after the governor of Ohio announced that all bars and restaurants would be closed until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Today.

A photo of the receipt, from the Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus, showed the $29.75 tab. The restaurant captioned the photo, “When the going gets tough, the tough stay local.”

Benny Leonard, the restaurant’s owner said the customer who left a huge tip wanted to remain anonymous. He said that the whole staff teared up when receiving the receipt.

“We tried to get him credit,” Leonard said.

Leonard described the man as middle-aged, and he regularly attends the restaurant’s trivia night.

The man left the tip an hour after the Ohio governor announced that all bars and restaurants were being limited to takeout orders.

Governor Mike DeWine said, “It’s a very drastic action but we’re taking steps to save lives.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that no gatherings with 50 people or more should be held in the United States for the next eight weeks.

The guidance does not apply to large organizations such as schools, universities or businesses, the CDC said.

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