A regular at Blue 44 leaves a $2,000 tip on a $93 bill. (Photo: Mashable.com)
You never think of food videos as going viral, except in the worst way. However, there were some epic moments in food videos for 2015. We saw a rat struggle with a piece of pizza in the subway. Starbuck coffee cups became part of the “war on Christmas.” Ryan Gosling wouldn’t eat his cereal. My favorite was this one:
Tipping as a social statement
Waiting tables is challenging enough — long hours on your feet, low pay, and having to remember who asked for no mayo and who wanted extra cheese on their burger. It’s even more challenging when customers play a game of chance with a server’s hard-earned gratuity. Several stories of customers’ outrageous tipping, both generous and stingy, went viral this year. Take the case of Jessica Morris, who was denied a tip and accused of hitting on another woman’s husband by a patron at TGI Friday’s. There was also Jess Jones, a 20-year-old waitress at a Belmar, N.J., diner who called out in a Facebook post a group of eight diners for leaving no tip. But not all servers suffered in 2015 — one waitress received a $1,000 tip on an $85 bill at the Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyo., as part of the viral movement #TipsForJesus. In Florida, a college student and mother of a young child earned a $1,000 tip on a $29 bill at her job at Winghouse of Largo, which the waitress used to move her family to a new apartment. One lucky 19-year-old server at a Frankfort, Ill., barbecue joint received a $1,000 tip on a $20.31 check, which was put toward his college tuition. In Washington, D.C., a gumbo-loving patron at restaurant Blue 44 left a $2,000 tip on a $93 bill. And one lucky server at a Long Island clam bar earned a 1,000 percent tip from one very funny — and very generous — patron: comedian Amy Schumer. Now that’s feel-good comedy at its best.