Hospitality work is incredibly hard. It may seem like an easy job to some, but it’s not; you’re on your feet all day, dealing with annoying customers who will take their frustrations over the food or drink on you, even when it’s not your fault.
So, as anyone who works in the hospitality industry will tell you, receiving a tip can make your waitstaff’s day. Even something as little as $10 can be the difference between a good day and a bad day for many waiters, waitresses and bar staff, who like to know that people do appreciate the work they’re putting in.
One man who took tipping culture to the extreme is Donnie Wahlberg. Wahlberg, who is an actor and member of the boy band New Kids on the Block alongside his brother and fellow actor Mark Wahlberg, visited a Waffle House branch in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it’s safe to say he made the day of the staff who were serving him.
Wahlberg, who says that both his parents used to work in the hospitality industry, left the staff an incredible $2,000 tip. Taking to his Facebook page, the singer posted a picture of the $2,000 on the $82.60 bill, as well as a photo with the staff in question. In the post, which has been liked over 100,000 times, Wahlberg says the staff treated him like a “king”, so he felt like he should treat them like “queens”.
The post reads, “My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars — for years! So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens! Thanks to the team at @wafflehouseofficial Charlotte, NC!”
However, not content with just one act of supreme kindness, Wahlberg also did a Facebook Live stream while at the restaurant, giving of the waitresses backstage passes for her and her mom. In the video, which has been viewed over 600,000 times, Wahlberg can be heard saying, “Who gets tickets and brings their mom? Only Jasmine!” much to the delight of the staff member.
Wahlberg’s act of kindness went viral, and people are full of praise for the star. One commenter on the post mentioned how she had once received a handwritten letter from Donnie’s mom, Alma, after she had written a letter to the star, while many others were quick to let him know how much he will have helped the staff, with one user saying Donnie gave out free backstage passes to everyone who was working.
It’s always refreshing to see celebrities using their status and wealth to help those in need, and Donnie’s kindness serves as a reminder that we should all be kind to those who work in the world of hospitality. The industry tends to pay pretty poorly, and tips go a long way for those people who provide the service. So next time you get a good bit of service at a bar or restaurant, try and help the staff out as much as you can.