A customer has made bar staff overjoyed by leaving a $2,500 tip as they are now out of work amid coronavirus pandemic.
As the latest coronavirus advice is now largely focusing on social distancing, it means that many restaurants and bars have been the hardest hit – with staff in fear over these uncertain times.
However, one incredibly generous diner tried to make life easier for workers at a restaurant by leaving an enormous tip as it’s forced to close its doors to try and halt the spread of the virus.
At Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus, Ohio, it was announced that the restaurant would be closed indefinitely as gatherings of over ten people have been advised against.
When the going gets tough, the tough stay loyal. This loyal, amazing patron of Coaches on Bethel left the staff a $2500 tip to help lighten the losses during this required closing of Restaurants & Bars in Ohio. @OnCoaches @nbc4i @GovMikeDeWine @wsyx6 @DinoTrip @10TVBot pic.twitter.com/scTpMJo0N1
— Coaches on Bethel (@OnCoaches) March 16, 2020
To try and make the situation a little easier, one kind customer left a tip of $2,500 (£2,100) on their bill. The bill itself had totalled to less than $30 (£25).
The tipper wanted to remain anonymous but did leave a little note on the bill, explaining that they wanted the funds to be split between all the staff.
It read: “Please split this tab equally between Tara, Nicky, Jim, Liz and Arrun. The tip amount is $2500.00.”
Benny Leonard, one of the restaurant’s employees, spoke to WCMH: “It brought some of them to tears. They are going to split it 13 ways and it’s going to help them. We are a family and we will get through it together.
“[There were] tears, tears of joy. An unbelievable act of kindness on a pretty weird day.
“We’ve got unprecedented times going on, we’ve got people fighting over toilet paper and so on and so forth, and to have a guy show up and care enough about people that give him a beer and a hamburger once in a while, that means a lot. It’s humanity at its best.”
The restaurant also tweeted:
Hi All! Huge thanks for the support! All credit goes to the anonymous donor, my amazing customers, and my Coaches work family. Let’s all treat each other a little nicer…even when this crazy time passes. Be safe!
— Coaches on Bethel (@OnCoaches) March 17, 2020
Ohio is one of the US states to have made the decision to close all bars and restaurants to try and stop the spread of COVID-19. Other public spaces in California, Massachusetts and others are following this advice.