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Customer leaves $5,000 tip at Utah restaurant

7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago August 07, 2016 Aug 7, 2016 Sunday, August 07 2016 August 07, 2016 5:00 AM in News
Source: ABC News

OGDEN, UTAH - Restaurant employees found the suprise of a lifetime in their billfold, when they saw a customer left at $5,000 tip.

Six servers at the Timbermine Steakhouse were waiting tables on a busy night Saturday.  They say one group was causing a commotion.

"They were a bit rowdy," one server recalled, "they were really loud."

Rebecca Allred is a waitress at the restaurant. She remembers one of the people at the table was wearing "a hippie outfit and faux vest." She says they took name tags from a high school reunion in a banquet hall next door and crashed the event.

When they opened the bill, they realized the table left a $5,000 tip on a nearly $300 bill.  Written on the bill was "#TipsforJesus," a movement that started about three years ago, encouraging people to leave large tips, often 10 times the amount of the bill. It has evolved into a popular Instagram account.

The act encouraged the wait staff to pay it forward.

"On my way home, I can pay for someone behind me at McDonald's just to be nice," server Cooper Hurt said.

The $5,000 will be split amongst 10 people working last Saturday night. The tipper says they want to remain anonymous.

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