One restaurant owner learned recently that it can be a good thing when marijuana activists pass it around -- the wealth, that is.
Cliff Luther, owner of the Old West Express diner in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan, Canada, was shocked last week when Canadian marijuana activist and millionaire Bob Erb left him a $10,000 tip, CTV News reports.
Erb had passed through the restaurant a few days before on his way to bury his father’s ashes. It was then that he learned that Luther has a daughter who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
“He was emotional about it, just as any parent would be in that kind of situation,” Erb told the Vancouver News.
He stopped at the restaurant again on his way back through Chamberlain. This time, he cut Luther a check with a note urging the restaurant owner to “get out there to see her."
Erb won a $25 million lottery jackpot last year and has since been building a reputation for generosity: He has reportedly given around $7 million dollars to various charitable organizations, most notably to those advocating for the legalization of marijuana.
Peyton Tips An Extra $200
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning left $200 in addition to the 18 percent gratuity on his bill at Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina where he had a meal with his friends last Friday, <a href="http://deadspin.com/5891136/peyton-manning-leaves-insanely-good-tips-at-restaurants" target="_hplink">according to Deadspin. </a> Photo by <a href="http://www.sportshoopla.com/forums/nhl-hockey-forum-message-board-general-discussion/64542-ot-just-peyton-manning-not-cheap-bastard.html" target="_hplink">Bizzle McDizzle</a>
Tiger Woods Is Cheap
<a href="http://aol.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2011-08-18/tiger-woods-lebron-james-accused-of-being-cheap-tippers" target="_hplink">New Miami Times</a> ranked golf player Tiger Woods at the top of its list of cheapest celebrity tippers, <a href="http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2011/08/lebron_to_usher_to_sean_penn_t.php?page=2" target="_hplink">reporting</a>: "The man worth more than $500 million says it's because he never carries cash."
Delivery Man Gets $2 For Putting His Life On The Line
Lin Dakang, a delivery man for a Chinese restaurant on the Upper East Side, received $2 on a $15.50 bill for a 2.5 mile bike ride dodging traffic on a cold winter night, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/nyregion/for-food-delivery-workers-speed-tips-and-fear-on-wheels.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&sq=delivery&st=cse&scp=1" target="_hplink">according to The New York Times</a>. But the incident is typical. The Times reported that restaurant delivery workers peddling take-out orders in dangerous conditions receive wages and tips that can drop well under minimum wage. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/" target="_hplink">Steve Snodgrass</a>
Arrested For Not Tipping
According to <a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf?/base/news-1/125843433282150.xml&coll=3" target="_hplink">The Express-Times</a>, police arrested and gave a theft citation to John Wagner and Leslie Pope when they refused to pay a $16.35 required gratuity for their order of wings, drinks and salad. The pair alleged poor service at Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyww/" target="_hplink">jeffreyw</a>
Racially Profiling Tippers
Abe Shah and Hemang Virani, who are of Pakistani and Indian descent respectively, were charged an 18 percent gratuity because of the color of their skin, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/09/13/indian_restaurant_accused_of.php" target="_hplink">according to Gothamist</a>. A manager told the pair the charge applied to all patrons of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent. After the two men paid their bill, minus the additional gratuity, they were followed out of the restaurant by five employees and then verbally and physically attacked, <a href="http://images.nymag.com/images/2/daily/2011/09/12_baluchiscomplaint.pdf" target="_hplink">according to court papers</a>. Shah and Virani subsequently sued the restaurant for discrimination. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen-oung/" target="_hplink">SteFou!</a>
Denying Workers Tips
In one of Massachusetts' largest wage cases, a settlement required Canyon Ranch Spa in Lenox to return $14.75 million in tips denied to its employees, including waiters, massage therapists, yoga instructors, according to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/us/24canyon.html" target="_hplink">The New York Times.</a>