A pizzeria in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is suing a customer who left his waitress a $3,000 tip — as part of what he called a “Tips for Jesus” trend on social media — and later disputed the charge with his credit card company, according to media reports reports.
In July, Eric Smith stopped by Alfredo’s Pizza Café and ordered a stromboli for $13. He then left his waitress Mariana Lambert with the generous tip, which she told a WNEP news reporter: “It really meant a lot to me because everybody goes through things. It really touched my heart. I still can’t believe it. I still in Chock.”
But a month ago, Alfredo’s staff received a letter in the mail from Mr. Smith where he disputed the charge, manager Zachary Jacobson told the news agency.
“We were notified 45 days after he dined in our establishment,”; Alfredo’s Vice President Leslie Minicozzi Galacci told Newsweek. “We had already paid Mari the $3,000 through a company check so at this time we, as owners, are suffering the loss.”