Mystery customer leaves $10K tip in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (CBS/WWL) -- A mystery tipper known for leaving outrageous tips at restaurants around the country paid a visit to New Orleans. Now, a local waiter is $10,000 richer.

French Quarter waiters like Michael Frazier are on alert after this picture was posted to the social media site, Instagram. It shows someone racked up a $9,000 bill at Galatoire's Saturday night then left an even bigger, $10,000 tip. It's every server's dream, especially during New Orleans slow, summer months.

The photo was posted under the name "Tips for Jesus" which has created a nationwide buzz with photos of dozens of other hefty tips left around the country. Earlier on Saturday, Tips for Jesus garnered dozens of responses with a single question "in New Orleans, where should we go?"

This is not the first time this mystery tipper has visited Galatoire's. In fact, he's left large tips here before.

Galatoire's itself is keeping tight lipped. Management released this two line statement saying only, "Galatoire's does not discuss payment information related to our guests. Further, Galatoire's does not withhold or retain employees' gratuity."

Ian McNulty is restaurant critic at the New Orleans Advocate. He says if the mystery tipper is still in town, there's no telling where they'll hit next. He said, "It just causes a lot of speculation of who these people might be, what they might be up to. If they're still in town it could be a coffee shop or an old po boy joint next."

Those like Frazier say they'll continue working just as hard, big tip or not.


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