Bartenders given $5,000 by Tips for JesusBy Amy Hopkins
A social media campaign encouraging consumers to tip generously has seen four US bartenders receive US$5,000 in gratuity.
Staff at the Seagrape bar, in Fairfield, Connecticut, were left stunned when they were given the generous tip by a mystery table of customers, later found to be part of the Tips for Jesus campaign.
The campaign, which has more than 54,000 followers on Instagram, has been spreading throughout the US in recent weeks, providing handsome tips to unsuspecting members of the customer service industry.
Each receipt from the mystery donors is stamped with the handle @tipsforjesus, bears an illegible signature and occasionally the words “God Bless”.
On the bartenders at Seagrape, the Instagram page of Tips for Jesus read: “”Hard to beat the service at The Seagrape. Thanks Tremaine! #tipsforjesus #godbless #thumbsup.”
According to the bar workers, a group of men paid the US$5,000 tip on top of only a US$112 drinks tab.
One of the recipients Ashley Latella told WFSB that she initially thought the tippers were unhappy with their service since one asked to signed the bill in a back room.
She added: “There are great people, generous and giving people out there. I think the moral of the story is it doesn’t matter how much many you have, you can still give.”
Earlier this year, another lucky bartender from the US was given a winning lottery ticket as a tip.