Texas restaurant receives enormous tip post-lockdown

Texas has been 'liberated', and this man is celebrating

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The rushed reopening of some parts of the US has brought about widespread criticism. But, with hospitality businesses lacking the support required to stay afloat, restaurateurs were among the minority of people who were relieved the see the state of Texas opening up again.

However, things still aren't easy breezy for the hospitality sector. Being told to open might bring about a bit of business, but the heavy restrictions on dining capacity and the lack of footfall due to safety concerns among the general public mean that these businesses are not making nearly enough.

Fortunately for one restaurant in Austin, Texas, one generous diner on the first day of service was feeling thoroughly philanthropic. The diner came in with his family and ordered a filet mignon, scallops, grilled steak and other items. Frog & The Bull owner David Fernandez said that they had eaten at this restaurant in the past.

The cheque came to $337 – not a cheap meal by anyone's standards. But then, to the amazement of the waiter, the customer asked his server to double charge him.

Due to the peculiarity of the request, the server brought out Fernandez to help.

“He said charge me double for everything and I asked, ‘Are you sure?’ Fernandez recalled. “He said, ‘yes.’

But after the customer received his updated cheque with the double charge, he then added a $300 tip for Pikoff and another $1,000 “for the house,” according to a picture of the cheque.

His total came out to be $2,029.

When the waiter questioned the diner, he reported that he said he "was extremely grateful that we were open and putting ourselves at risk to serve the community.”

“I didn’t really know what to say,” Fernandez said. “It was extremely generous and I was just so wowed by it.”

This is a heart warming story, and undeniably a generous gesture. I'm just aware that there is a danger of stories like this one feeding into some kind of narrative. Just because one well-off man decided to randomly gift a restaurant a small fortune doesn't mean that everything is OK. What about the restaurant next door?

However you view this, it is another tale of a good deed that's arisen through the pandemic. Whether you feel that a large tip makes up for the risk he's putting his family and those around him in is one for you to decide, though.

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