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Tip: What Jesus would not do

Posted On: Sep. 22, 2022 1:36 PM CST


A pizza shop in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is suing a customer who left his waitress a $3,000 tip — as part of what he called a “Tips for Jesus” social media trend — and later disputed the charge with his credit card company, according to media reports.

In July, Eric Smith stopped at Alfredo’s Pizza Café and ordered a $13 stromboli. He then left his waitress Mariana Lambert the generous tip, of which she told a news reporter for WNEP: “It really meant a lot to me because everyone’s going through stuff. It really touched my heart. I still can’t believe it. I’m still in shock.”

A month ago, however, Alfredo’s staff received a letter in the mail from Mr. Smith disputing the charge, manager Zachary Jacobson told the news outlet.

“We received notice 45 days after he dined in our establishment,” Alfredo's Vice President Leslie Minicozzi Galacci told Newsweek. “We had already paid Mari the $3,000 by a company check so currently we, as the owners, are hit with the loss.”