Restaurant Threatens to Sue a Customer Who Tipped a Server $3,000, Then Changed His Mind

A Pennsylvania restaurant is threatening to sue a customer who tipped a server $3,000, but later disputed the charge with his credit card company. Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe located in Scranton, Penn., was shocked when a customer left her a $3,000 tip for his $13.25 Stromboli. Lambert said the customer’s generosity meant a lot because everyone is going through tough times right now. The customer, identified as Eric Smith, added the generous tip on the bill and wrote: “Tips For Jesus.” Restaurant employees were initially skeptical, but the credit card payment went through and was approved. Problems began last month when the cafe received a letter in the mail, confirming that Smith had disputed the payment. After exchanging messages with Smith on Facebook in an attempt to reach a resolution, the cafe is now considering taking him to court in attempt to recoup their loss. Smith, however, has stopped responding to the restaurant’s messages. Alfredo's CafĂ© manager Zachary Jacobson has spoken of his disappointment over how the affair has turned out by saying: "We thought somebody was actually trying to do a good thing, and here we are three months later and there’s nothing to show for it at this point.”