Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson made headlines this past week when a receipt from his recent dinner went viral.
On Wednesday night Johnson visited his favorite Cuban restaurant, Havana’s in Cooper City, Florida.
Unfortunately, by the time he arrived, they were close to closing time. Rather than turn the former NFL star away, they served him.
In response, Johnson decided to leave a massive tip. More specifically: he left them $100 for every minute after closing time they stayed open for him.
Johnson ended up sharing a copy of the receipt from the dinner, and it showed that he left a tip of $1,300. Alongside the tip, he left a note: “Sorry for keeping you at work 13 minutes after closing.” He also added, “I love you” at the bottom.
In his tweet, Johnson referenced Proverbs 11:25 which reads: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
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Johnson’s example sits in stark contrast to some of the stingy tipping behavior we have seen from other athletes.
Back in 2008, then-Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was accused of leaving a $10 tip on an $800 bill. For reference, a standard 15 percent tip would’ve resulted in a $120 tip.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was famously accused of running up a $25,000 bill at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas and then not leaving a tip.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) December 14, 2020
Along the same lines, NFL running back LeSean McCoy once left a 20 cent tip on a $61 bill.
Legendary golfer Tiger Woods once reportedly tipped a waitress $5 at a $100,000 a hand blackjack table, only to take that money back when he realized he had previously tipped her already.
Based on all that, it’s easy to see why Johnson’s kind gesture stands out. It certainly isn’t something that happens all the time when athletes go out and eat.