Famous boy band-singer-turned-actor Donnie Wahlberg gave the overnight servers at the Waffle House in Charlotte, North Carolina, a pleasant surprise when he visited the establishment Thursday, taking pictures and even offering the staff tickets and backstage passes to his upcoming show.
But it was his generous tip that had people talking: a massive $2,000 added on to an $82.60 bill.
Wahlberg posted a picture with the Waffle House servers and a copy of the receipt on his Facebook.
"My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars-- for years!" he wrote. "So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens! Thanks to the team at @wafflehouseofficial Charlotte, NC! ❤️"
Wahlberg, who is currently touring with the band New Kids on the Block, also posted a video on Facebook from the Waffle House, talking with the servers and walking around offering the restaurant staff front-row tickets and backstage passes to his concert Friday night.
"We need to come to Charlotte more often. This Waffle House is love. Everyone’s in a good mood in this Waffle House. Southern hospitality," Wahlberg said. "We’re just going to have to invite this whole Waffle House to the concert tomorrow,” he said in the video before inviting a waitress. “You going in the front row too!”
Wahlberg has a history of posting on social media about Waffle House, a restaurant he frequently visits. Last month, Wahlberg visited a Waffle House in Edgewood, Maryland, and left the overnight servers a $500 tip, posting a picture with the staff on Twitter and praising their service.
Not all stars are generous tippers, though. Last week, NBA player Andre Roberson was blasted on social media after his server posted a picture of his measly tip:$13.97 on a $487.13 bill.
ESPN reported that the picture came the same day as news surfaced of the Oklahoma City Thunder forward's new three-year, $30 million contract with the team. Roberson defended his poor tip by alleging that the entire bill was for a bottle of wine that the server merely brought to him out of the back and that there was "no service" involved.
— David Rodriguez (@DavidRo74294058) July 6, 2017