As Americans, we all know the basics of tipping etiquette — or do we?
Plenty of generous celebs go above and beyond when tipping, sometimes giving tips that rocket past 20 percent and into 200 percent territory and beyond. If you think you’re a generous tipper, just wait until you see these big tips. Click through to see 10 celebrities who love to splurge when tipping.
- Tip Amount: $225
Jim Carrey might be known for making his butt cheeks talk on film, but one of Canada’s richest celebrities also knows how to dine. In April 2016, he dropped $151 on sparkling water, pinot noir, lemon chicken and quinoa at Chester in New York City’s Meatpacking District, reports Page Six. When it came time to pay up, he embellished that tab with a hefty $225 tip. And if you think 151 percent is a big tip (which it is), you haven’t seen anything yet.
- Tip Amount: $2,000
In July 2017, Donnie Wahlberg skipped some of the best restaurants in Charlotte, N.C., to dine at one with the best hash browns — a Waffle House. Eating there before a New Kids on the Block gig at the Spectrum Center, Wahlberg was so impressed by the wait staff that he left a $2,000 tip on a tab of $82.60, reports USA Today.
In a post-waffle Instagram post, he explained his generous gesture: “My mom waited tables and my dad tended bars — for years! So, when I walk into a Waffle House and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens!”
- Tip Amount: $1,000 & $500
Amy Schumer is more than a comedian — she’s also a super-charitable serial tipper. Amy first made headlines for tipping in 2016, when she left $1,000 on a $77 bill for the bartenders at a performance of “Hamilton,” according to one employee who posted a photo of the receipt and tip on Instagram.
In 2017, Schumer continued her streak while noshing on clam chowder and oysters with a $500 tip on an $80 tab at the Union Oyster House in Boston, on a break from shooting “I Feel Pretty,” reports People magazine.
Schumer told Howard Stern that she used to wait tables and bartend, so leaving big tips “feels good.” However, “it’s a little selfish because it feels so good to be able to do that and know that you made [the wait staff’s] night,” she added.
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- Tip Amount: $4,000
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Chicago isn’t exactly cheap. Instead, this is the type of place where you can order a jumbo porterhouse for $106 or an Australian lobster tail and turf for $182.25. With prices like that, server Mohammed A. Sekhani is probably used to big tips. Still, he might not have been prepared for what Johnny Depp put on the table in 2009.
A regular at the restaurant, Depp requested a private room after hours and was served by his favorite waiter, whom he calls “Mo.” After a few courses of shrimp cocktails, Clams Casino and $500 bottles of Italian wine with his “Public Enemies” co-stars, Depp left “Mo” a parting gift of $4,000, reports Radar Online.
- Tip Amount: $200
Every once in a while, TMZ reports on some celebrity dirt that’s more uplifting than scandalous. Such was the case in May 2016, when the gossip outlet detailed Rihanna’s night at The Lodge on 6th, a bar in Austin, Texas.
After sipping on Jameson and Coca-Colas with her crew from a little after 1 a.m. until closing time, RiRi reportedly tacked $200 onto a bill of $82.25. That’s definitely worth a few hours of bartending work, work, work, work, work.
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- Tip Amount: $500
Not to be outdone by the new musical guard, singer Mick Jagger showed the wait staff that he actually can get some satisfaction. In November 2016, he and his traveling party absolutely feasted at Philippe Chow in New York City, downing lettuce wraps, chicken satay, tuna tartare, prawns, noodles, Peking duck and Baked Alaska cake for dessert, reports TMZ.
The Stones frontman’s spread came to a total of $478, but that was before he added a bounteous $500 tip. That night, his server learned that you might not always get what you want — but sometimes, you do get five Benjamins.
- Tip Amount: $5,000
You know you’re a decent person when your team loses two crucial games on a trip to Memphis, Tenn., but you leave a $5,000 tip anyway.
That’s exactly what happened during the NBA playoffs in April 2017, when San Antonio Spurs coach and wine aficionado Gregg Popovich reportedly racked up a bill of $815.73 at McEwen’s Memphis, according to the San Antonio Express-News. A Reddit poster claiming to be Popovich’s server shared the meal’s receipt, which sported a post-tip tab of $5,815.73. That’s a 612 percent tip.
- Tip Amount: $800
While filming “Robin Hood” in 2009, actor Russell Crowe took nine cast and crew members to a low-key pub at the Carew Inn outside of Tenby in West Wales.
The historic, family-run venue — known for its cozy atmosphere, traditional ales and home-cooked food — probably doesn’t get a ton of £240 tabs, let alone £600 tips (or nearly $800) on those tabs. But Crowe wasn’t done yet. Before leaving, he reportedly serenaded the staff with his guitar, reports The Mirror. We’re not sure if anyone at the Carew tipped him for his performance.
- Tip Amount: $1,000
Known as one of the most charitable celebrities in Hollywood, Ellen DeGeneres’ tipping story is a little different (and a lot more famous) than the rest. At the 2014 Academy Awards, DeGeneres very publicly ordered pizzas for the crowd from Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria Hollywood while hosting the ceremony live on the air. After the restaurant’s Edgar Martirosyan showed up to serve the pizzas, she learned that he didn’t get tipped.
DeGeneres swiftly remedied that oversight by inviting Martirosyan onto the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and tipping him $1,000, reports ABC News. More than that, the CEO of Big Mama’s & Papa’s reported that Edgar’s five minutes of fame substantially boosted his chain’s sales in the days following the Oscars.
- Tip Amount: $4,000 & $300
Here’s a pro tip if you’re trying to pay off your student loans by waiting tables: Always, always make sure Shaq sits in your section.
In March 2017, the basketball legend dished all about his famously generous tipping habits to Jimmy Kimmel, revealing that once the meal is over, he simply asks his server, “How much do you want?” When one waitress requested a tip of $4,000, Shaq happily obliged.
When it comes to valets, O’Neal says his minimum tip is “about $300.” And if he doesn’t have that kind of cash with him? “I won’t stop. I’ll just keep driving,” he said.