Customers leave generous tips in Texas, Ohio restaurants as coronavirus roils businesses

Customers leave generous tips in Texas, Ohio restaurants as coronavirus roils businesses
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Two customers in different states left four-figure tips on their restaurant tabs during a time when the coronavirus is roiling businesses.

The customers left large tips following announcements in Ohio and Harris County, Texas, that bars and restaurants would be limited to pickup, drive-thru and delivery services.

An anonymous individual in Houston left $9,400 as a tip at Irma’s Southwest restaurant Monday just hours after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo ordered restaurant and bar closures for the next 15 days, according to local reports.

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The customer wrote on the receipt, “Hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks,” ABC affiliate KTRK in Houston reported.

The restaurant said the staff will split the tip evenly, meaning each worker will receive about $300. The restaurant also said it will likely have to send workers home as demand decreases, according to KTRK.

In Ohio, a customer at Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus gave a $2,500 tip for a $29.75 tab.

“When the going gets tough, the tough stay loyal. This loyal, amazing patron of Coaches on Bethel left the staff a $2500 tip to help lighten the losses during this required closing of Restaurants & Bars in Ohio,” the restaurant wrote in a post.

The tip was given hours before Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced that all restaurants and bars would close at 9 p.m. Sunday, with exceptions for delivery and carry out.

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At least 20 states have closed bars and restaurants to in-person dining amid the pandemic that has infected more than 5,200 people and caused 92 deaths in the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The service industry is bracing for a huge losses due to the closures.