How much is a standard tip? Ten percent of the cost of the service provided? Twenty-five percent? Fifty percent? Or is there a fixed rate for some services? The answer actually varies. While there are no hard and fast rules, there are guidelines that should be followed. For example restaurants should only usually get 15 percent, same goes for bars. Coatroom attendants should get $1 per coat, parking valets should get $2 while the hotel housekeeper should get between $2 and $5.
However, the rules change when the rich famous people pick up the tab. Maybe they want to leave a good impression, maybe they just have too much money to carry around or maybe they just really, really like the service. Whatever their reasons, here are the celebrities who have left behind the biggest tips.
10. Dan Aykroyd – Whichever’s bigger
Best known for his starring roles in Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers, Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd is also known to be a big tipper, leaving as much as 50 percent of the bill or $100, whichever is bigger. How do we know this? A waitress at one of his favorite places to eat in Syracuse, New York, said so.
9. Then senator Barack Obama – Loose change you can believe in
Even before President Barack Obama sat down to drink some beer with police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates in what would become known as the White House “Beer Summit”, Obama already loved a tall cold one. While still running for the highest office, the then senator Obama went into the Raleigh Times Bar in Raleigh, North Carolina to have a beer. How much was the beer? $2 How much did he pay for it? $20. He even told the bartender to keep the change.
8. Bill Murray – When life gives you lemons…
Lost in Translation actor Bill Murray is another actor who also starred in Ghostbusters and is also on this list. One time after eating in a restaurant Murray allegedly tipped $72 on top of a $60 bill. Not only that, Murray even reportedly showed a waiter how to make lemon wedges juicier by rolling them repeatedly on the cutting board before slicing them.
7. Drew Barrymore – ET means “Extra Tip”
The actress, who appeared in ET and starred Never Been Kissed and Charlie’s Angels (which also starred Bill Murray) is actually a pleasure to serve, or so says this waitress who has served her twice. On both those occasions, Drew Barrymore tipped the waitress 100 percent of the tab.
6. Russell Crowe – Tipped off, in a good way
LA Confidential and Gladiator star Russell Crowe gained somewhat of a bad reputation with those employed in the service sector after that infamous incident where he threw a telephone at a desk clerk in the Mercer Hotel in New York in 2005, but that incident seems to be behind him now.
One time on a trip to South Wales, Crow went to the Carew Inn in Tenby for a drink with his friends. No phones flew, but he did leave behind a £600 tip ($918). He also played guitar and sang some songs for the crowd.
5. Drew Carey – He’s been there before
For comedian Drew Carey, tipping seems to be no laughing matter. The star of The Drew Cary Show and present host of The Price is Right likes to leave a generous portion for the servers. One time after eating at Arnie Morton Steakhouse in Los Angeles, he placed a generous $400 on top of the $250 tab.
4. Hulk Hogan – Big biceps and big tips
When Terry Bollea steps out of the ring he stops being World Wresting Entertainment legend Hulk Hogan. However one time after eating at a South Florida restaurant, he acted out as the Hulkster for his fans and even posed for pictures with them.
3. Charlie Sheen – Here’s for all of you
After his daughter Cassandra Jade Estevez had her debut in 2000, the Hot Shots actor and previous star of the hit series Two and a Half Men decided everything was to satisfaction and gave everyone in the event staff $200 each.
2. David Beckham – When in doubt, just add a zero
English football legend David Beckham was then with LA Galaxy when he and his teammates stopped by Joxer Daily’s Pub in Culver City, California, for some beer and snacks. In the end the bill delivered was $100, but Beckham gave them $1,000 and told them to keep the change, in all tipping a whopping $900 or nine times the bill.
1. John Depp – Channeling Dillinger
While Depp was filming Public Enemies in Chicago, he made friends with waiter Mohammaed Sekhani while dining at Gibson’s Steakhouse. When he returned there for the premier of the film he went to eat at the steakhouse again, this time with co-stars Marion Cotillard, director Michael Mann and a dozen others.
After the meal was done he tipped Sekhani an extra $4,000 on top of the $4,400 bill.
“He had visited our restaurant several times before while he was filming Public Enemies and he promised me that he would return after the premiere,” Sekhani told a website.
Hollywood insiders joked Depp was channeling his character John Dillinger in the movie, Dillinger was a real bank robber who was also fond of giving away money. Good thing Depp didn’t channel Captain Jack Sparrow.
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