A young server in Kansas was overjoyed to find a generous customer had left him a big, $20 tip during the holidays, but his excitement turned to anger when he realized that the $20 was actually a religious tract and the customer left no tip at all.
According to Tech Insider, 17-year-old Garret Wayman was very excited when he spotted a $20 bill folded under the ketchup bottle on a table he had just finished serving. Like anybody would, he assumed he had been given a very generous tip. A $20 is a lot at his restaurant, Wayman said, but when he picked it up he realized that it was a fake $20 with a religious message inside.
“Don’t be fooled!” said the fake bill that had been left intentionally to fool him. “There is something you can have more valuable than money.”
The other side of the bill was a very long-winded explanation of why Wayman should buy a Bible and become a Christian. It’s unclear how Wayman was meant to pay for that Bible, because the customer did not leave a real tip to go along with the prank $20.
"He just left that," Wayman said. "I wanted to tell him that I only make $3 an hour and bust my a-- at my job to make way less than I deserve, but he was gone by the time I had the chance to."
Wayman was so annoyed by the bait-and-switch that he posted photos of the fake tip to Twitter.
someone seriously left this as my tip today. pissed is an understatement. i was so excited when i saw $20 pic.twitter.com/czntdlgoqS
— garret (@BEANBURRlTO) December 29, 2015
Another Twitter user was so angry on Wayman’s behalf that he offered to send him $20 himself. Wayman politely declined, but that does not mean he thinks very much of the customer who tricked him.
“To get my hopes up like that is just flat-out mean,” Wayman said.