Restaurant staff amazed at £7,000 tip left on £140 bill by generous customer

A diner in a restaurant so enjoyed his meal that he left an enormous $10,000 (£7,286) tip for the wait staff.

The impressed customer ate at the Wahoo Seafood Grill in Gainesville, Florida, but it wasn’t just the tasty food that pleased the bloke.

He reportedly thanked the staff for “showing up and working hard” before leaving the incredibly generous gratuity, reports the Mirror.

In a post on the restaurant’s Instagram page, the staff explained what had happened.

They claimed that after finishing his meal the bloke asked to address the eatery’s entire staff.

When he did so he counted up the workers and said that he would be tipping each of them $1,000 (£728).


Owner Shawn Shepherd admitted that he still couldn’t quite believe them man’s generosity.

The restaurant owner posted a snap of the bill online

He wrote on the post: “I’m not usually an emotional guy, but this really got me. I’m blown away. We’re ALL blown away by it.

“The last year and a half hasn’t been easy on this industry.

“We’re hurting and we’re exhausted, but this incredible act of kindness has restored our faith in humanity.”

And, the customer made his tip official by writing it on the bill and signing below.

The proud restaurant also uploaded a photo of the receipt on its Facebook page.

He left far more than the customary 20%
He left far more than the customary 20%

The post said: “On Tuesday night, a customer asked our entire restaurant staff to come to the dining area. He thanked them for showing up and working hard.

“Then something incredible happened. He told them he was giving them $1,000 each. Our staff couldn’t believe it.”

It continued: “Our whole staff would like to thank this generous customer from the bottom of our hearts.

“We are all going to pay it forward in our own ways. Even the smallest acts of kindness can have a giant ripple effect.

“We’re just a local, veteran-owned seafood restaurant doing our best to weather this storm – and this is truly the last thing we expected to happen on a regular Tuesday night.

“By sharing this, we hope you feel inspired to do something nice for someone today. Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”

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