The Big Tipper: $5,000, $1,000 tips left at two Ogden bars

Aug 27 2013 - 8:42am

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A copy of the receipt in which a customer left a $5,000 tip at Two-Bit Street.
A copy of the receipt in which a customer left a $5,000 tip at Two-Bit Street.

OGDEN -- Apparently, when it comes to tipping, Two-Bit Street is anything but.

Last weekend, two bars on Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden saw a couple of whopping tips offered up for services rendered.

On Friday night, about half-past midnight, a big spender at Brewskis on 25th Street paid for a $214.75 bar tab with his American Express, and included a $5,000 tip. NOT a typo: Five. Thousand. Dollars.

Then, on Saturday night, just down the street at the new bar Alleged, a patron left a $1,000 tip on a $49 bill -- paying with an elite American Express Centurion card.

Proprieters of Brewskis have declined comment on the tipping incident there; word on the street is that the windfall may have caused hard feelings among some members of the bar's staff.

Over at Alleged, the tip was so big that the bar's computer software for its cash registers wouldn't permit the transaction.

"It only allows patrons to tip up to 100 percent, and he was wanting to tip, like, 2,000 percent," said Alleged owner Jared Allen. "So he tipped 100 percent, and then had us list the rest of the tip as a purchase."

Allen said the tip was definitely "atypical."

"We've had some tips go over $100, but that's always been for a big party, where they're paying for the whole tab, and the tip works out to, like, 20 percent."

Allen said the three bartenders and one server working the lower level of the bar split the monster tip among them.

Allen was working the rooftop section of the bar that night when he got a text from his brother, who was working the lower floor.

"He texted me that a guy just gave a $1,000 tip," Allen recalls. "I clarified the amount with him several times via text.

"And my brother clarified it with the customer several times too," Allen continued. "He wanted to make sure the guy wasn't intoxicated."

One member of the party approached Allen's brother later and thanked him for double-checking to make sure the man really did want to tip that amount.

"A lot of places," the patron told him, "they'd just take the tip, no questions asked -- even if it was taking advantage of someone who was drunk."

Although no one was willing to identify the generous gentleman, Allen guesses both tips were courtesy of the same person. What's more, Allen heard that the generosity extended well beyond 25th Street.

"I guess they were golfing in Eden the day before and tipped the girl with the beer cart $1,000," Allen said. "I heard she was crying."

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