As far as rapper-entrepreneurs go, Dr. Dre could be described as moderately successful. He's one of hip-hop's elder statesmen, having proven himself a hundred times over as a performer, producer, and collaborator, and his line of Beats headphones are as ubiquitous as Apple earbuds at this point--which goes a ways toward explaining why the company just purchased Beats Entertainment to the tune of $3.2 billion.
Suffice to say, Dr. Dre can afford to make an extravagant gesture every now and then. And when he goes and tips his bar waitress $5,000 at the end of a night of celebrating (this seems to be happening a lot these days), it somehow registers not as a gross display of wealth but simple generosity.
As Radar reports, the 49-year-old was partying at West Hollywood's Mondrian Hotel, taking shots of tequila at its poolside bar. He wrapped around 2:00 AM, when he heftily tipped his waitress before heading out with a security guard.
An unnamed source told Radar that the waitress was "stunned," and that Dre also happily took photos with fans and chatted up house DJ Sanni Val Fleury. Hopefully the lucky server spends at least a little of that $5K on some selections from Dre's fine recording output.
The lesson here? Restaurant workers of Los Angeles (and beyond), put yourself in the way of the celebrities who won't jerk you around, who will be grateful for your service and the fact that you're going to extra lengths to accommodate a high-profile customer. In other words, figure out which bars are frequented by Jeremy Piven, and don't apply to those ones.
Now listen to "Nuthin' but a G Thang" for the ten billionth time, and be humbled.
> Looking for a restaurant job? Here are some tips before you apply