While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberk who is worth billions left no tip at a restaurant in Rome during his honeymoon with Priscilla Chan, his new wife, Greg Rubar, a waiter from Houston received a $5,000 tip on a $26 bill.
And it came not from a billionaire, but just from ordinary regular clients. Greg Rubar has been working at D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe for already 16 years, reports ABC News.
On Saturday two of his regular clients, a husband and wife came in. They knew Rubar had lost his car due to flooding in a severe storm a few weeks ago since then had struggled with transportation borrowing vehicles from coworkers and taking taxis.
“We’re still going to come in, but we’re not going to tip you for a while,'” said Rubar. “He said, ‘This is for you.’ He said, ‘This is enough money for you to go and buy a nice car.’ People can be generous. They told me they felt like I deserved it. It’s overwhelming to me.”
“I knew it was money, but I didn’t know how much,” he said. “Maybe like a half hour after they left I went in the bathroom and I opened it, and looked at it and I could tell it was $5,000 because it was still wrapped, it still had the band on it from the bank.”
“The couple, who do not want to be identified, thought anyone who has worked as hard and as proficiently as Rubar has for so long, shouldn’t be punished for something so out of his control,” D’Amico’s Italian Market Café said in a press release.
“They had gone to the restaurant that night to present him with the money.” The Huffington Post figures it’s a tip of about 19,000%.
This is certainly not a story for the Tumblr blog “15%”, created by Brooklyn-based designer and developer Larry Fox who took a job as a pizza delivery man and was horrified at the number of bad tippers he encountered.
He created the blog so that his colleagues in the food industry could post horrible tips and call out customers publicly, and it was soon flooded with submissions, writes The Huff Post.
But the story does come in contrast with the one about Mr Zuckerberg, when the owners of the kosher restaurant in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto – a historic quarter in the centre of the city – were surprised when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife left without leaving a gratuity.
The lunch the couple enjoyed during their honeymoon in Rome consisted of deep-fried artichokes – a Roman Jewish special dish – fried pumpkin flowers and ravioli stuffed with sea bass and artichokes. The two preferred a bottle of water and a pot of tea instead of wine or beer.
waiters at Nonna Betta were amazed by Zuckerberg’s parsimony, not just because of his huge wealth but because of Americans’ reputation for tipping generously, as is expected of them at home.
The owner of the restaurant, which specializes in Roman Jewish cuisine, said it was not a case of not enjoying the meal.
“I asked him ‘how was it?’ and he said ‘very good’”, the owner, identified only as Umberto, revealed to Corriere della Sera newspaper. “I had gone up to him and said ‘Are you …?’ and he said ‘Yes’.”
Meanwhile, Yahoo! News reports, more and more restaurants in Canada are tacking on an automatic 20 per cent tip to force patrons to pay up.
Tipping 20 per cent may be common in major U.S. cities such as New York, but the minimum wage of Big Apple waiters is just over half of what it is in Toronto at $8.90.