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

Pennsylvania restaurant famous from ‘The Office’ threatens to SUE customer who left eye-watering $3,000 tip for waitress when he ordered $13 meal – but then failed to pay up

  • Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe located in Scranton, Pennsylvania was elated when a customer left her the massive tip for her service
  • The customer had ordered a stromboli that cost $13.25. He charged the item on his credit card, added the $3,000 tip and wrote: ‘Tips For Jesus’
  •  He claimed that the generous tip was part of a social media movement called ‘Tips for Jesus’ but than disputed the charge weeks later 
  •  The patron, identified as Eric Smith, told Alberto’s to sue him and now restaurant is hoping once they take him to court they’ll get their $3,000 back 

A Pennsylvania restaurant famous from a mention by the hit-show ‘The Office’ is suing a customer for more than $3,000 after the patron left a very generous tip for a waitress and than disputed the charge on his credit card — leaving the restaurant to dole out the cash for their server.

Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was elated when a customer left several thousands of dollars as a tip for her service.

She felt like she had just hit the jackpot, until the generous patron decided he  wanted the money back and now the restaurant is taking the man to court.

The customer identified as Eric Smith had ordered a stromboli that cost just $13.25. He charged the item on his credit card, added the $3,000 tip and wrote: ‘Tips For Jesus.’

The male patron claimed that 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,’ during a time when many people and businesses were getting back on their feet after COVID. 

‘It really meant a lot to me because everyone’s going through stuff,” 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 handed over the $3,000 to Lambert.  

Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo's Cafe said she was stunned when she was given such a massive tip sharing. 'It really meant a lot to me because everyone's going through stuff," she said.  Weeks later, the patron disputed the charge and the restaurant had to dole out the cash to pay Lambert

Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo’s Cafe said she was stunned when she was given such a massive tip sharing. ‘It really meant a lot to me because everyone’s going through stuff,” she said.  Weeks later, the patron disputed the charge and the restaurant had to dole out the cash to pay Lambert

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

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

Alfredo's Pizza Cafe is  suing the patron for  $3,000. The manager said the restaurant was hoping it was just a big misunderstanding and made several attempts to reach out to the customer on Facebook but their messages went unanswered

Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe is  suing the patron for  $3,000. The manager said the restaurant was hoping it was just a big misunderstanding and made several attempts to reach out to the customer on Facebook but their messages went unanswered 

When the restaurant reached out to Smith about the charge he was disputing they had hoped that it was just a big misunderstanding and they had started speaking with Smith through Facebook.

Restaurant management was hoping to resolve the incident, but, after many of their posts went unanswered they had to get the magistrate’s office involved and file charges. 

Zachary Jacobson, the manager at Alfredo’s Cafe described the entire ordeal as ‘aggravating.’

‘We’re just out of money at this point and he told us to sue him so that is what we are going to end up doing, I guess,’ Jacobson said, in part. 

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

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

A scene from 'The Launch Party' which appeared in the fourth season of The Office. The episode garnered more than 8.91 million viewers, a report said

A scene from ‘The Launch Party’ which appeared in the fourth season of The Office. The episode garnered more than 8.91 million viewers, a report said 

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

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

Jacobson said initially when his server got 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 is hoping they will win in court and get their $3,000 back 

In the meantime, he is calling Lambert a ‘hardworking’ waitress who was deserving of the money and the incident as a ‘a nice piece of PR for a small business.”

‘I hope that he owns up to his actions and comes forth and does pay this because you shouldn’t have done this if this was the end result,” he said.

On Season 4 of ‘The Office’ Alfredo’s Pizza CafĂ© was mentioned in the episode:  ‘The Launch Party’ ‘Do you know which is best? Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe or Pizza by Alfredo?” 

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

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