Pennsylvania restaurant sue’s customer who left $3,000 tip for waitress, but then failed to pay up

A Pennsylvania restaurant famous for a mention by hit show ‘The Office’ is suing a customer for over $3,000 after the customer left a very generous tip to a waitress and then disputed the charge on his card credit — leaving the restaurant to distribute the money for their server.

Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was thrilled when a customer tipped several thousand dollars for her service.

She felt like she had just hit the jackpot, until the generous customer decided he wanted the money back and now the restaurant is suing the man.

The customer identified as Eric Smith had ordered a stromboli that cost just $13.25. He charged the item to his credit card, added the $3,000 tip, and wrote, “Advice for Jesus.”

The male boss claimed the generous tip was part of a social media movement called Tips for Jesus.

Lambert, who was “in shock,” said it was an extremely generous gesture that “really touched my heart,” at a time when many people and businesses were getting back on their feet after COVID.

“It really meant a lot to me because everyone goes through hardships,” she said.

But, Lambert learned that the generous customer wasn’t so generous after all, and disputed the charge with his credit card company.

The restaurant, however, had already remitted the $3,000 to Lambert.

Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo’s Cafe, said she was stunned when she received such a massive tip split. “It really meant a lot to me because everyone goes through hardships,” she said. Weeks later, the customer disputed the charge, and the restaurant had to distribute the money to pay Lambert.

The customer identified as Eric Smith had ordered a stromboli that cost $13.25.  He charged the item to his credit card, added the $3,000 tip, and wrote:

The customer identified as Eric Smith had ordered a stromboli that cost $13.25. He charged the item to his credit card, added the $3,000 tip, and wrote, “Advice for Jesus.” ‘He claimed the generous tip was part of a social media movement called ‘Tips for Jesus’

Alfredo's Pizza Cafe is suing the customer for $3,000.  The manager said the restaurant hoped it was just a big misunderstanding and tried several times to contact the customer on Facebook, but their messages went unanswered.

Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe is suing the customer for $3,000. The manager said the restaurant hoped it was just a big misunderstanding and tried several times to contact the customer on Facebook, but their messages went unanswered.

When the restaurant contacted Smith about the charge he disputed, they had hoped it was just a big misunderstanding and started speaking with Smith via Facebook.

Restaurant management hoped to resolve the incident, but, after many of their messages went unanswered, they had to involve the magistrate’s office and press charges.

Zachary Jacobson, the manager of Alfredo’s Cafe, described the whole ordeal as “aggravating”.

“We’re out of money at this point and he’s told us to sue him, so that’s what we’re going to end up doing I guess,” Jacobson said, in part, WNEP News reported.

Zachary Jacobson, the manager of Alfredo's Cafe, described the whole ordeal as

Zachary Jacobson, the manager of Alfredo’s Cafe, described the whole ordeal as “aggravating”. “We’re out of money at this point and he’s told us to sue him, so that’s what we’re going to end up doing I guess,” Jacobson said, in part.

A scene from 'The Launch Party' that appeared in the fourth season of The Office.  The episode drew over 8.91 million viewers, according to a report

A scene from ‘The Launch Party’ that appeared in the fourth season of The Office. The episode drew over 8.91 million viewers, according to a report

Michael Scott (Steve Carell) of Dunder Mifflin during a scene in The Office during the hilarious episode of

Dunder Mifflin’s Michael Scott (Steve Carell) during a scene in The Office during the hilarious episode of “The Launch Party”

Jacobson first said that when his server received the staggering tip, he was happy for Lambert and said, “Somebody was actually trying to do a good thing.”

Three months later and nothing has been resolved. He hopes they win in court and get their $3,000 back.

In the meantime, he calls Lambert a “hardworking” waitress who deserved the money and the incident as “a nice bit of PR for a small business.”

“I hope he recognizes his actions and pays for it because you shouldn’t have if that was the end result,” he said.

In season 4 of ‘The Office’ Alfredo’s Pizza Café was mentioned in the episode: ‘The Launch Party’Do you know which is the best? Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe or Alfredo’s Pizza?”

Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe is a real restaurant in Scranton. Alfredo’s pizza is not.

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