Is This $200,000 Tip Too Good to be True?

Why this outrageous Reddit post raised an uproar

A bartender posted a picture on Reddit of a large tip she received.

A bartender posted a photo to Reddit of a receipt noting that she received a $200,000 tip. If thatounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.

According to the post, the bartender was serving a man and two sisters in their mid-20s. The sisters were making remarks like, “Don’t tell my sister how I tip,” and “Today I’m your guardian angel.” They left the check with the bartender and tipped an astonishing $200,000 to a Visa debit card.

After the bartender notified her manager and the company’s marketing director, they called the credit card processing company and learned that banks do not honor payouts of excessive tips.

Other Reddit users weighed in, saying that this is a “common scam.” This type of move usually gets the guest out of paying their bill because the transaction would be flagged and stopped immediately, according to a comment in the post.

As of now, it’s unknown whether the bartender received any tip whatsoever for the meal, which amounted to more than $100 before tip. The Huffington Post reported that they tried to call Visa for a comment and received no response.

Related Stories
Restaurant Locks in Non-Tipping Customers and More NewsThe Argument Against Tipping and More NewsTipping Tips for Travelers

The lesson learned here? If it looks too good to be true, chances are it probably is.