I have always been a big fan of Donnie Wahlberg. This makes me love the guy even more. Workers at a Waffle House in Charlotte, North Carolina got the surprise of their lives after the actor ate there. The 47 year-old star of Blue Bloods left a $2,000 tip on July 12th after having dinner there. His bill came to $82.60. Donnie can relate to those who wait tables and tend bar as that is what his parents did for years to earn a living. That’s how I feel… I worked as a waitress when I started out and my feet literally were on fire at night after a shift. The tips were good though, but not this good. Heh.
This went instantly viral as it should have, especially on Instagram. Wahlberg is not just a conservative, which is rare enough in Hollywood these days. He’s a nice guy on top of it. Which is even rarer. Did you know that Donnie Wahlberg started out with the pop group New Kids on the Block? I had forgotten that. He also gave the staff front row tickets and backstage passes to an upcoming concert on the band’s Total Package Tour, which also includes Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul. Just wow.
From Opposing Views:
Workers at a Waffle House in Charlotte, North Carolina, got the tip of a lifetime when actor and pop star Donnie Wahlberg stopped by for a bite to eat.
The 47-year-old “Blue Bloods” star ate at the chain restaurant on the evening of July 12, leaving a $2,000 tip on an $82.60 bill, according to People.
“My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars — for years!” Wahlberg wrote on his Instagram page next to an image of the receipt. “So, when I walk into a [Waffle House], and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens! Thanks to the team at [Waffle House] Charlotte, NC!”
The Instagram post has been liked more than 57,000 times.
While he waited for his food, Donnie addressed his followers on Facebook Live. I guess that’s what you do now, especially if you are a celebrity. Boy, how our world has changed since the 80s. “This Waffle House is happening,” he states smiling in the video. “We need to come to Charlotte more often. This Waffle House is love. Everyone’s in a good mood in this Waffle House. Southern hospitality.”
“We’re just going to have to invite this whole Waffle House to the concert tomorrow,” he added. Then he asked the workers there if they would like to attend his performance and then encouraged them to call off work. “You gotta be sick [tomorrow],” he tells a waitress named Trina. “We’re going to give you tickets. Everyone’s going.” The employees were thrilled. What a great thing to do. A waitress named Jasmine was given extra tickets so that she could bring her mother to the concert.
Evidently, Waffle House is a favorite of Wahlberg’s. Who can blame him? He did this same thing on his tour in June in Edgewood, Maryland. There, he left the staff a $500 tip. Nice. “There were two servers and a cook, and he left a $500 tip for the three of them to split,” employee Jessica Reed said. “They took a picture together and he was apparently really awesome.” Donnie posts pictures with the employees when he does this. And people love him for it. So do I.