Drunk customer leaves $1,000 tip, returns the next morning to take it back

Moneyologist: Is It Ever OK Not to Tip a Waiter?
Moneyologist: Is It Ever OK Not to Tip a Waiter?

People can be extra generous when they're drunk, and extra regretful when they're sober.

Bee Anantatho owns a popular Thai restaurant, Thailicious, in Edgewater, Colorado. Thailicious has been in the neighborhood for several years, and the restaurant's customers have reportedly always been loyal. This weekend, one of the restaurant's customers decided to show off his gratitude — by leaving $1,088 as a tip.

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"I think this is a big thing," Anantatho said after hearing of the tip.

The server who received the tip brought it to Anantatho and wanted to put it in the tip jar, where all the waitstaff shares their tips.

"He said he'd read a lot of stories like this, but usually the tip is a couple hundred dollars, not $1,000," Anantatho said of the waiter to The Denver Post. "He was so happy."

Happy — but only for so long. Anantatho encouraged her staff to hold onto the tip in case the customer returned. Which he did, the next day, full of regrets.

"He said, 'I'm sorry, I was drunk,'" Anantatho said. "He didn't know he put all the money he had in the checkbook."

Some of the $100 bills the customer put down, Anantatho said, the customer thought were $1 bills.

That must have been one hell of a drunken noodle.

The customer left Anantatho $100 — $60 for the meal, and another $40 for the tip.

She thinks he'll return. Though the servers might not be so welcoming.

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