Drunken Denver Diner Leaves $1000 Tip…and Comes Back For It The Next Day


*I always wanted to be a waiter.  Yes, I’ve heard how hard the job can be, and I don’t dispute that, but I’m always looking for a good side hustle, and I have been told repeatedly over the years that I’d make a killing on tips.

So I can’t imagine having to give a tip back.

That’s the gist of the story from a restaurant in the Denver area. One of the waiters there recently received a tip of $1,088 for a dinner of around $60.

(I once left a 100% tip for a meal, but I was hitting on the waiter and more than got my money back later that night. But that’s a tale — and a tail — for another time.) 

The restaurant’s owners were thrilled to receive the big tip…but skeptical, so they held on to the money for fear that it was a mistake.

It was.

The next day, the overly-generous customer came back and asked for his cash back.

“He said, ‘I’m sorry, I was drunk,” the restaurant’s owner, Bee Anantatho, said.

So drunk, it seems, he thought he was leaving the waiter a roll of singles, instead of the roll of hundred dollar bills that he left for him.

The restaurant returned the cash, and the honest if empty-handed waiter was given $100 by the customer, as thanks for the way the restaurant handled the situation.

So you know your boy has questions:

  1.  Why did the waiter turn the money in? Is that customary for waiters? (I TOLD you I’ve never held that job. I’d think that the waiter could have pocketed his or her tips at the table and called it a day.)
  2. Why was the drunken customer carrying a roll of hundreds with him, especially knowing he was drunk?
  3. If your drunk ass left too large a tip, would you return to the restaurant the next day, after you sobered up, and ask for it back?  (I wouldn’t!  My mama taught me better than to stiff a waiter because of a mistake I made.  But then, Mama taught me better than to stagger into a restaurant too drunk to keep track of my own money, too.)  

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This blog was written by freelancer Michael P Coleman.  Connect with him on Twitter.


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