Restaurant sues customer for taking back $3,000 tip

The tip of a life was actually the “tip” of the iceberg.

A Pennsylvania pizzeria famous for being featured in the acclaimed comedy series ‘The Office’ is suing a customer for $3,000 after the the boss left this amount in tips but then asked for the return.

“It’s just a little annoying right now. It caused a lot of nonsense and drama,” Zachary Jacobson, manager of Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe in Scranton, told local news station WNEP of the act of kindness gone wrong.

Jacobson said the restaurant was now suing the customer and noted that they “all thought someone was actually trying to do a good thing.”

The gratuity fiasco began in June after one of the pie purveyor’s customers, named Eric Smith, left waitress Mariana Lambert $3,000 on a $13 bill. The customer, who had only ordered a plate of stromboli, allegedly left the tip potentially upsetting as part of a social media trend called ‘Tips For Jesus’.

The story went viral with countless people on social media commenting on the so-called act of kindness.

Mariana Lambert was initially thrilled with what she thought was the mother of all tips.
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Although initially skeptical considering the insane amount of money, the staff members were delighted after the credit card payment was made on their machine.

Needless to see, Lambert was initially upset by the seemingly generous gesture, especially considering the restaurants were still reeling from the COVID-19 closures. “It really meant a lot to me because everyone goes through hardships,” she said. “It really touched me. I still can’t believe it. I’m still in shock.

However, the staff member’s gratitude quickly soured after the restaurant received “something in the mail stating that Eric was disputing the charge for the tip he left,” Jacobson said. This was despite the restaurant having already paid Lambert the tip, leaving them about $3,000 out of pocket, WNEP reported.

Alarmed, Alfredo reached out to Smith on Facebook hoping it was all a misunderstanding, but the restaurant renegade stopped responding to their messages.

Alfredo's Pizza Cafe was mentioned in the NBC mockumentary "Office."
Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe was mentioned in the NBC mockumentary “The Office.”
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“We thought someone was actually trying to do a good thing,” Jacobson lamented. “So now we are, what, three months later? Not even, and there is nothing.

Without further recourse, Alfredo’s decided to sue Mr. Smith in an attempt to recover the $3,000.

“Unfortunately we had to file charges through the magistrate’s office because now we don’t have that money at this point,” Jacobson said. “And he told us to go after him. so that’s what we’re going to end up doing, I guess.

He added: “I hope he acknowledges his actions and comes forward and pays for this because you shouldn’t have if that was the end result.”

Alfredo’s is perhaps most famous for being mentioned in season 4, episode 3 of the iconic NBC comedy series “The Office”.

A receipt showing the disputed tip in question.
A receipt showing the disputed tip in question.
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During this episode, titled “Launch Party”, Dunder Mifflin office manager Michael Scott announces that he has bought Alfredo’s pizza for all the employees.

However, they are dismayed after it is revealed that Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe – their preferred choice – did not opt ​​for Alfredo’s supposedly inferior pizza, which Kevin likens to a “hot circle of garbage”.

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