Cincinnati 'tip war' raises over $34,000 for restaurant workers in hometown rivalry

It all started with a $1,000 tip on Jan. 9.

February 06, 2021, 9:56 PM

A rival "tip war" that's been escalating for nearly a month has now generated over $34,000 for Cincinnati restaurant workers struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It all started on Jan. 9, when an Xavier University alum in town to show his daughter the school ate lunch at Cincinnati staple Zip's Cafe. After chatting with his server, a fellow Xavier alum, the man left a $1,000 tip on a $54.59 bill and a note on a napkin that said: "Please share this tip with all of your employees as they work so hard and are dealing with COVID. Go Xavier!"

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