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The Stumbling Inn, which is in New Hampshire, sparked controversy following a visit from an anonymous customer who left the hefty tip on their $37.93 tab.
But when it was posted online, people were outraged that the tip didn't just go to the server, with the argument that they earned it.
It was left on 12 June by a diner who had chilli cheese hot dogs, pickle chips and a tequila drink (also - what a guy). According to Today Food, he told the bartender not to 'spend it all in one place'.
Many people were outraged the tip was shared between staff rather than going straight to the server and have since flooded the restaurant with bad reviews:
According to 7News reporter Amaka Ubaka, an employee came out to defend the restaurant.
According to them, it wasn't just one person's decision to split the tip, there is a morning and evening shift, so tips are split evenly between all workers.
The staff also chose to include the cooks in the tips and the owner did not receive any money from it.
•everything operated as normal outside of the staff also deciding to include cooks on the tip- Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) June 25, 2021
•the owner received none of the $16,000 amount #7news
Restaurant owner Mike Zarella told Today Food: "A gentlemen came in at the bar and ordered a beer and a couple of chilli cheese dogs, and then he ordered pickle chips and a Patron (tequila) drink.
"At around 3:30, he asked the bartender... for the check. She gave it to him and walked away, and then he said to her, 'Don't spend it all in one place.'
"People that are well-deserving got a huge tip. Last week, they were worried it didn't go through, so they didn't count on it.
"Now they're like, 'Wow.' Some of them are single moms, now planning a vacation. They're getting good money out of it.
"They're really overwhelmed. They're like, 'Wow, I can go do this this summer. I didn't budget for that, now I can do that.' It's really fantastic."
LADbible has contacted The Stumbling Inn for a comment.
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