Diner leaves $10,000 tip for workers at Florida restaurant

Diner leaves $10,000 tip for workers at Florida restaurant

A diner at a north Florida restaurant gathered the staff of 10 together to thank them for their hard work before leaving them a $10,000 tip to share.

It happened last Tuesday night as the man, his wife and son finished their dinner at the Wahoo Seafood Grill in Gainesville.

Shawn Shepherd, who owns Wahoo, told the Gainesville Sun newspaper he got a call from his employees that night, alerting him to the big tip.

His first thought was to be suspicious.

He advised the employee to check the man’s I-D and the name on the back of his credit card.

But the restaurant’s point-of-sale system approved the transaction.

Shepherd says watching his workers get their cheque was almost as good as Christmas morning,.

He said he’s very thankful to the customer because his employees have been loyal to the restaurant through the pandemic.

Among those benefitting from the big tip was Ashley Green, who was called into work that day.

She had recently endured a rough time because her daughter was ill.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, Shepherd said he temporarily closed the Wahoo and lost some $30,000 in food.

He said he’s indebted to his employees because they’ve helped keep the restaurant afloat during hard times.

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