Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Good tip: Customer leaves 7,471-per-cent gratuity at restaurant

Indianapolis waitress CeCe Bruce got a sweet tip on Wednesday, and this time Jay-Z wasn't involved.

A regular customer named "Miss Jo" saw the waitress having trouble with patrons at an nearby table and decided to help pay for the service-related headache. Miss Jo left a $446 (U.S.) tip on her humble bill of $5.97. (The math on that? 7,471 per cent.)

"I was having a hard time at another table, but kept smiling and going on," Bruce told local news station WTHR.

Story continues below advertisement

Bruce, a part-time student, has worked at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant for two years. Initially misreading the tip as $46, Bruce was stunned by the "sweet lady's" generosity. Spotting the additional digit, she refused to take the offer: "I didn't think I was worth $400 but, you know, she feels I am," Bruce said.

Pretty good for Miss Jo, a local volunteer who has since shied away from the spotlight.

It's a welcome turn as horridly tipping patrons are more often the service-industry story.

Occasionally we do hear about celebrities tipping well, from Johnny Depp, who left a $4,000 tip on a $4,400 bill at a Chicago steakhouse – this after being described as low-maintenance by the owner – to Jamie Foxx, who likes to drop $1,000 tips in $1-bills. Slightly patronizing.

(Predictably more random was actor Bill Murray: After dining on poutine in Philadelphia, Murray tipped his waitress well and then further sweetened the deal with a pair of camo pants delivered to the restaurant from a local army surplus store.)

Back in Indianapolis, Bruce said she would use the tip money to help pay her bills. "You've seen how everyone was pepped up a bit," her manager told WTHR. "It just makes me feel good about humanity."

As for Miss Jo, the woman just signed the receipt and walked out.

Story continues below advertisement

Have you ever pity tipped?

Report an error Editorial code of conduct Licensing Options
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this resolved by the end of January 2018. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to