Diner leaves $9,400 tip for Houston restaurant to help with coronavirus effects

A patron left a tip for $9,400 at Irma's Southwest restaurant in Houston.
A patron left a tip for $9,400 at Irma's Southwest restaurant in Houston.

HOUSTON – While uncertainty surrounds restaurants and bars amid the new coronavirus, one person has decided to step up.

A patron who dined at Irma’s Southwest restaurant in Houston on Monday left a tip of $9,400, according to KTRK. The person, who is remaining anonymous, wrote “hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks” on the receipt.

The restaurant told the TV station that they will split the tip evenly, with each worker receiving about $300 each.

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