A struggling bar owner was handed an incredible tip by a customer after being told how much the venue was struggling.
The generous man had been hearing how Nighttown, the iconic jazz and blues club in Cleveland Heights, in the US, was failing to cope with a 2020 blighted by Covid-19.
The Ohio bar – open since 1965 – is set to close for the second time this week.
But on Sunday a local man popped in to enjoy a quick Stella Artois.
He asked about the state of play and was shocked to hear the business was struggling.
So as he paid, he added in a gratuity – $3,000 (£2,249)!
Owner Brendan Ring didn't notice until he left the building but recalled what he said as he headed home.
He told Fox: “He said 'take care of this and split it among waitstaff'.
“Originally I thought 'Oh my God!' He left a $300 (£224) tip on a $7 (£4) bar tab and then I put my glasses on. I looked down and I said: ‘Oh my God.’ It was a $3,000 (£2,249) tip!"
He initially wrestled with the decision of accepting the incredible gift.
Brendan added: "I asked myself if I am doing the right thing? Is this the right thing to do? I have to consider my staff, right?
“In the last two weeks, Covid has gotten very, very close to all of us and I’ve had four customers, really close customers, get it.
“I spent 28 years at Nighttown and I never worked a day in my life. I have fun. This is not a job. This year, it’s been a job.”
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