Coronavirus: Couple leave $9,400 tip for Houston restaurant to pay staff during closure

That was some tip.

An anonymous couple eating at a Houston restaurant added $9,400 to their bill to help the staff after Harris County announced a mandatory closure Monday, KTRK reported.

The total for dinner was $90.12, CNN reported.

The diners stopped by Irma’s Southwest restaurant in Houston for an early dinner Monday, KTRK reported.

On the receipt, the husband wrote, “Hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks.”

“We didn’t expect it, to be honest with you,” restaurant owner Louis Galvan said told CNN. “They left a gratuity for the entire kitchen and service staff, which is unexpected.”

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According to Galvan, the couple left $1,900 in cash and put an additional $7,500 on a credit card, CNN reported.

Galvan said the restaurant would split the money among its 30 employees, so they’ll get about $300 each, the cable network reported

“They were amazed that a client would care enough about them to leave that amount to help them get through this tough time,” Galvan said.

Even with the windfall, some of the workers may be sent home, unless there is a big demand for takeout orders, KTRK reported.

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