‘Covid Bandit’ leaves restaurant staff in tears with receipt note and huge tip

The hospitality industry has been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic.

So when a customer goes above and beyond to help, it can really lift staff members’ spirits.

One man delighted servers at Guard and Grace, a steakhouse in Denver, US, this month.

He wrote the words “Covid sucks” on the receipt, before leaving each employee a huge tip.

The anonymous man, who signed the bill with “Covid Bandit” and a smiley face, gave $6,800 (£4,800) in gratuity.

According to the restaurant chef, this cash was distributed between the restaurant’s 34 employees who reacted by crying and jumping in the air in celebration.

Each emotional staff member lined up and was given $200 (around £143) by the kind stranger.

Chef Troy Guard was particularly grateful and posted a thank you message on Facebook.

He said: "Who the heck is this COVID BANDIT??!!

“Whoever this person is …thank you so much for your act of kindness and your sincere genuine caring thoughtfulness you just bestowed on our Guard and Grace staff.

"You gave out $6800 DOLLARS in total … you gave $200 to each employee.”

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He added: “Some were crying – some are jumping up and down – some are dancing!

"I don’t know who you are Mr COVID BANDIT – but from the bottom of my heart – and our entire staff…

“I’m just speechless – you strike again!"

The "Covid Bandit" isn't the only generous customer to help hospitality workers out recently.

Back in December, a waitress was "left shaking" when a punter gave her a £1,500 tip before Christmas.

She thanked the anonymous customer online and her tweet garnered more than 260,000 likes.

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