According to a photograph of a receipt from the Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina, Manning recently left a $200 tip for a $739.58 tab that already included 18% gratuity. The receipt was dated 3/2/12. Earlier that day Manning had been surreptitiously filmed going through throwing drills on the nearby campus of Duke University.
If Manning has consistently been this generous during his 14 years with the Colts then he has perhaps been every bit as beloved by those dispensing beverages and meals in Indianapolis as those folks consuming them at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Deadspin discovered a photo of the receipt on the message board of an NHL Hockey Forum in a thread entitled OT: this just in - Peyton Manning - NOT a cheap bastard. The image had been posted by someone with the handle Bizzle McDizzle, who claimed to be a "friend of a friend" of the waiter who served Manning's group.
Generally, celebrity tipping habits get publicized and go viral when someone is a particularly poor tipper. In a list of the Top Ten Cheapest Celebrity Tippers compiled by the Miami New Times in August 2011, two athletes cracked the top five. The cheapest celebrity tipper, according to the story, was Tiger Woods. Ranking at No. 4 was Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, who lobbied for Manning to take his talents to South Beach mere hours after the quarterback's emotional farewell press conference in Indianapolis.
According to NBC-17, the photo of the signed receipt was first loosed upon the Internet when the server posted it on Facebook. The owner of the Angus Barn, Van Eure, was not pleased and fired the server, reports the Triangle Business Journal.