Regular customer since 2001 leaves $1,000 tip for New Jersey restaurant staff

A regular customer to a New Jersey restaurant left tears in the eyes of the restaurant staff after he left them a $1,000 tip.

Arnold Teixeira, owner of The Starving Artist in Ocean Grove said the customer had been visiting them since 2001.

“The customer and his family ate their meal and left without saying a word,” Teixeira said.

“When the waiter serving them saw the tip, she just started crying. Then another one of my staff members saw it and started crying, too. And then I see it, and I couldn’t help but cry. It was just extremely emotional because it’s been a really difficult time for us.”

The customer was having breakfast last week at The Starving Artist, which just celebrated its 21st anniversary, when he left the massive tip along with a heartwarming note.

“Thank you so much for working through this tough time,” the note read.

“We are grateful for your delicious food, warm smiles, and great atmosphere… Please know we appreciate you all very much. It wouldn’t be a good summer without the Starving Artist,” the tipper added.

At the end of the note, the customer asked that the $1,000 tip be divided amongst the entire staff. Teixeira split it between his seven staff members.

“Things just kept getting worse. It got to the point where I was preparing for the possibility that we might not be able to reopen again. And now we aren’t even making 50% of what we usually bring in the middle of the summer season,” Teixeira said.

“But this tip restored our hope in humanity. It made us feel so good about what we’re doing. We go through a lot of steps to protect our customers, and it gets exhausting after a while, but now we know our efforts have actually been noticed.”