Waitress Claims She Was Left A $200,000 Tip

There's no independent proof. Could it be real?

There have been stories of partying celebs leaving huge tips and even ordinary folks being extravagantly generous, such as the one who reportedly left a $500 tip on a $5 tab. But a Reddit user, calling herself randomdazee, claims a customer left her a jaw-dropping tip of $200,000 on a bill of just $111.54, and she posted the receipt as proof.

The receipt doesn't contain identifying details, so the authenticity couldn't be confirmed. Some users on Reddit, an online community, were immediately skeptical, and the user claimed to be a St. Louis waitress and had never posted under that name on Reddit before. She never got the money; in one call to the credit card company, she learned that the company wouldn't honor such a tip. (The bank reserves the option to bounce back tips that are more than 30 percent of the bill, she wrote.)

The waitress's first reaction to the tip was exactly what you might expect. "I basically couldn't function at this point," she wrote on Reddit. It's "pretty life changing to even think about getting that kind of money."

But the waitress is hopeful the tip was sincere, and says if she could talk again to her "guardian angel" she'd "thank her for the sentiment." The story however may not yet be over: "It'd be cool to know why she was possessed to give me of all people that kind of money," the waitress also wrote.

The waitress said she purposely chose not to identify herself or her employer because she "kinda [sic.] want [sic.] to keep my job," as she wrote. She said she knew something was up when "two mid-20s sisters" came into her restaurant and began "tossing a LOT of cash" at other patrons. They were accompanied by another man, she said.

The sisters were apparently blowing off some steam after a "personal trauma," and so were appreciative of their helpful waitress. "Don't tell my sister how I tip," "Today I'm your guardian angel," one of the sisters reportedly told the waitress before leaving the big tip.

Some commenters on reddit wondered whether the customers were in fact trying to purposely "scam" the waitress. "The person just has to put something 'impossible' on the bill, and Visa will not process it," as Reddit user dare978devil wrote.

There are other reasons to be suspicious about the bill. After including the tip, the customer left a total amount of $211,000.54. That math, however, doesn't add up; the initial bill was for $111.54, meaning the a $200,000 tip should make the final amount, $200,111.54. "Drunk math eluded" the customer, wrote Reddit user netvoyer.

While the St. Louis waitress may never know whether her customer actually wanted to give her such recognition, it's common for waiters and waitresses to receive feedback on receipts. And it's often not very kind. As AOL Jobs earlier this week, one Red Lobster waitress says she was given a receipt on which a customer chose to write a racial slur instead of giving her a tip.

AOL Jobs will update this story as it develops.

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Is it just me OR does that "receipt" look like they were paying for a $11,000.54 bill?

May 06 2014 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are you kidding me....it is pretty obvious what happened. The person was pretty wasted when filling out the receipt....it looks like they wanted to leave a $20 tip.

May 05 2014 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This story is not true if he left her a 200,000 and the bill was 111.54 then the total would be
but it says the total is 211,000.54

May 05 2014 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe he wanted to get into her pants, but that is a high price to pay. With women being what they are today, I just have to ask..and, I get it for free.

May 05 2014 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the math is wrong which tells me the fn story does not add up....

October 11 2013 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The math is wrong! 200,111.54

October 01 2013 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

that must be a JOKE from that customers side,..cos gaurantee..his or her CC is going to bounce!!!!

October 01 2013 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


October 01 2013 at 10:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Did I not, mention, such senility, is legal, without, someone else trying to cash in, on, such obvious derangement...???

October 01 2013 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OOps... last issue... this, issue: Obviously, out of their minds, to believe that anyone would leave a $200,000 TIP, AND, ANYONE ELSE, WOULD CONSIDER IT, FOR REAL. Obviousy, someones,' mind, stripped a gear, or, two... get over it... such, unjust enrichment, is nonsense...

October 01 2013 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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