New Hampshire diner leaves $16,000 tip on $37 bill
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected economies across the world. One of the worst-hit sectors has been the hospitality industry, with several countries imposing a lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, thereby bringing restaurant footfalls to an abysmal low. So, when a diner at a New Hampshire restaurant chose to pay a tip of $16,000 recently, the Internet, too, was generous with praise. The incident came to the fore when the owner of the restaurant, Stumble Inn Bar & Grill in Londonderry, New Hampshire, share a photo of the bill on Facebook this Monday.
In the post, restaurant owner Michael Zarella thanked the anonymous diner for his generosity. Sharing the image, Mr Zarella wrote, "Stumble inn had a very generous customer. We thank you for your generosity." The receipt shows the diner left a tip of $16,000 .
Zarella admitted that when he first saw the bill on June 12, he assumed that it was a mistake. Speaking to NBC, he said, “I thought it was a mistake. Typo.” He further added that the diner wanted to remain anonymous.
Zarella said that the man seemed like a regular diner until he paid the bill. Speaking to TODAY, he recounted the incidents from the day. He said, “A gentlemen came in at the bar and ordered a beer and a couple of chilli cheese dogs, and then he ordered pickle chips and a Patron (tequila) drink. At around 3:30, he asked the bartender … for the check. She gave it to him and walked away, and then he said to her, ‘Don't spend it all in one place'.”