HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The customer who ate dinner at the bar always tipped well -- $15 or so on $30 tabs. The $100 tip two weeks ago was a nice surprise, but the amount he left bartender Cindy Kienow this week left her stunned.
On the check, the tip read: $10,000 US. His tab for the meal? A mere $26. (That works out to 38,400%, a far cry from the usual 15%.)
"I couldn't move," said Kienow, who tends bar at Applebee's. "I didn't know what to say. He said, 'This will buy you something kind of nice, huh?' And I said, 'Yeah, it will."'
Kienow said the man, who restaurant officials have declined to identify, comes in several times a month.
"He usually signs his ticket and flips it upside down," said Kienow, 35, who has worked at the restaurant for eight years. "But this time, he had it right-side up and said 'I want you to know this is not a joke.' "
The restaurant is verifying that the tip is a valid charge, company vice-president Rhodri McNee said. "Nothing would make us happier than to present her with that cheque. She's a great employee who does a great job."
If you don't feel like reading the story, basically some guy gave a bartender a $10,000 tip on a $26 bar tab.
1. Would you ever leave a $10,000 tip?
2. What's the largest tip you've ever left (either $ amount or %)?
3. Do you automatically tip a 15-20% even if the service is bad?