Man Walks Into Cleveland Bar, Orders A Beer, Leaves Huge Tip & Message For The Struggling Workers

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Need a pick-me-up kind of story to get this Thanksgiving week going? You probably do as the government keeps making it harder for bars to operate in several states, including Pennsylvania where lawmakers announced Monday they would be suspending liquor sales Thanksgiving eve at 5 p.m.

There are good people out there fighting back to keep their favorite bars alive and kicking, including Cleveland’s Nighttown where patrons can still catch live jazz and a classy night out on the town. Bar owner Brendan Ring wrote a post on Facebook sharing the story of what happened just before the establishment entered a shutdown phase.

A customer walked in and bought one 16 ounce Stella.

“So just before we closed today at Nighttown a customer walked in and ordered a beer and asked for the check and handed his credit card slip to me, wished me well while we sit out our voluntary shutdown and told me to share the tip amongst the wait staff of which there were four working brunch today.

“As he walked out I looked down at the tip and realized he left a whopping $3000 tip on a single beer purchase. I ran after him and he said no mistake we will see you when you reopen! Unbelievable but symbolic of the kind of quality folks we have know at Nighttown all these years.

“I could post his name but I won’t as I think he wouldn’t want that but all my waitstaff and myself and humbly grateful for this incredibly kind and grand gesture 🇮🇪❤️

Ring announced on November 13 that he was closing Nighttown, writing that the “situation has become untenable.” He added, “hard times indeed but hopefully we will see you all in the Spring.” That day has officially come for a Cleveland institution that opened on February 5, 1965.

So just before we closed today at Nighttown a customer walked in and ordered a beer and asked for the check and handed…

Posted by Brendan Ring on Sunday, November 22, 2020

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. The depravity of the Covid lockdown addicts knows no bounds. Remember learning in school about the honorable tradition of civil disobedience written about by Emerson and Thoreau, and practiced by MLK? It’s past time for that.

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