Generous Couple Leaves a $9,400 Tip so Restaurant Can Pay Its Staff (Video)
Published in Feb 2021 / Updated in Mar 2021
Let’s not kid ourselves. With the coronavirus pandemic going on, restaurants need our help more than ever. So, it’s great to see that some people have the kindness to consider the plight of these establishments.
For instance, a couple decided to leave a mind-blowing $9,400 tip at a Houston restaurant. They did this so that employees at the restaurant could get paid.
Many essential businesses had been forced to shut down after the coronavirus pandemic hit, with some shutting down completely.
For some of these establishments, the future is very uncertain. In fact, some can foresee a future where going out of business completely might be a possibility.
Many workers in the industry have been laid off. Some businesses are even starting GoFundMe campaigns while others are relying on the kindness of their patrons.
This particular couple chose to remain anonymous. The two were dining at Irma’s Southwest when they decided to leave a 10,400 percent tip.
Although the couple ate food worth $90.12, they decided to leave $9,400 as a tip instead of the customary 20 percent tip, which would have amounted to $18 in this case.
Louis Galvan, the restaurant’s owner, admitted that the incredible generosity of this couple really surprised him:
“We didn’t expect it, to be honest with you. They left a gratuity for the entire kitchen and service staff, which is unexpected.”
Tip Intended To Pay Employees For A Couple Of Weeks
The couple also left a note with their tip. They told those responsible to “hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks.”
The restaurant has 30 employees, without counting the management.
Each of the employees got a little over $300, which was a godsend considering that the restaurant was in “survival mode,” according to Galvan.
The establishment was keeping the staff around, hoping that they could eventually pay the employees their regular wages.
The restaurant has been operating in Houston since the ‘80s, and it’s trying to be there for the residents regardless of how many customers they get in a day.
Clearly, this restaurant is quite determined to survive the pandemic, and it’s great to see that there are folks out there who are willing to pitch in and make such noble dreams come true.