Tipping is not a custom in some countries. And in countries where diners do leave tips behind, the amount is usually a very tiny fraction of the bill.
An Indian restaurant in Portadown near Belfast in Northern Ireland was, therefore, shocked when a customer gave them a tip more than 12 times the amount of the bill.
A diner at Indian Tree in Carleton Street arrived with his family of five. The total bill their dinner cost came to UK Pounds 79.05, which is approximately Rs.6,600. A very generous diner might give a tip of 10 per cent on the bill, but this diner – who wishes to remain anonymous – was different.
So pleased was the diner with the food that he paid UK Pounds 1000. That’s approximately Rs.84,000!
The restaurant owner, Luna Ekush, said that the restaurant is still in a shock thinking about the tip.
She said that the diner liked the cooking of their chef, Babu.
The diner is from the town but lives abroad most of the times. Whenever he visits the town, he calls up the restaurant to enquire about Chef Babu.
The chef and the diner have known each other since 2002. Over the years, the diner became a fan of Babu’s cooking.
Ekush says that it is Babu’s cooking that draws customers to the restaurant. She says that diners like the one who gave the tip follow Babu wherever he goes, who she calls “my brand”.
As for the “massive” tip, Ekush says that it was a “great, beautiful and humbling start to the year”.