Feel-Good Friday

Two Ohio universities have begun a competition to see which school could tip the most to their local eateries during the Chinese Wuhan Virus. Apparently the competition has been hot and heavy.

The first touchdown play after the “tipoff” tipoff was quarterbacked by a Xavier College alum who left a $1,000 tip on a $54 bill at Zip’s Café with a scrawled napkin note that read: “Please share this tip with all your employees as they work so hard and are dealing with COVID. Go, Xavier!”

After the score was posted to the Internet, it was the University of Cincinnati’s turn to take the kick return and run with it.

The following week, two anonymous UC fans left a $1,001 tip at the nearby Keystone Bar & Grill along with a challenge: “Earlier this week I saw a Xavier fan tip $1,000 at Zip’s… I believe now more than ever we need to support our local restaurants. Let’s see how long we can keep this going … Bearcats up by 1!!”

While the game may not be over quite yet, so far, this year’s “Tipoff Bowl” has scored close to $34,000 for Cincinnati’s restaurant workers. When you’ve got a win/win like that, who needs a trophy?

They raised $34,000 for businesses which are struggling. Well done, everyone!

3 thoughts on “Feel-Good Friday

  1. I’ve only ever worked one job where I got tips. Long long ago. I didn’t do well and didn’t have the job long, but I always try to do at least 20% because these people don’t get paid very well and the tips keep them going. I do remember long ago, a breakfast with friends who got their meal and slowly ate it long before my wife and I got ours. I left the waitress a penny I had flattened on the RR track. I was not a happy camper. But, 20% is good for most. These guys sure have a great idea.


  2. Ronni – Definitely a great idea, and it helps some of these workers who have been suffering financially.

    RG – My mom worked as a waitress for a while, so I almost always over-tip unless the waitress/waiter is truly horrendous.


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