Pranksters Tip $200 for Laughs & Almost Make Servers Cry (VIDEO)


tipping 200Have you ever eaten out, left a tip, and then watched to see how your server reacted to your tip? Andrew Hales, who does pranking videos on his YouTube show LAHWF, got together with pal Stuart Edge to pull the kind of joke we can all get behind: They left $200 tips for their servers. The best part of the video is when you see how those servers react to picking up that wad of cash.

The guys pull the tipping prank on three different people, and all three are simply thrilled, of course. But what's really interesting is that two of the servers were also relieved because they were actually in a financial pinch, and that unexpected bonus really helped. It makes you think about the difference your tip can make in someone else's life.

Obviously we can't all leave $200 tips. I sure can't! But we do what we can. One of the servers points out that he makes barely over $2 an hour. It kind of makes you wonder if servers' wages are so low, why not just pay them more and get rid of tipping altogether? But since that's not happening at most restaurants in the U.S., tipping is important.

I loved seeing how the servers reacted. I was kind of cringing when they filmed the servers thanking the guys for the tips -- that's just a bit self-serving (ahem) I think. But that's when we find out what the big tips mean to the waitstaff, so I can see why it was left in. Still, don't you think the gracious thing to do would be to just slip away quietly?

Anyway, with all the tipping horror stories we read all the time, this was a welcome treat. Finally, someone trying to balance out the negativity! Hope this inspires those who can give extra.

Have you ever left an extra generous tip?


Image via LAHWF/YouTube

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nonmember avatar Krystal

Barely over 2 an hour. LIAR!! you can't make under minimum wage as a server plus tips bring you over minimum wage.

nonmember avatar erica

They did a very nice thing and it's good to hear it considering all the horrible stories posted here lately about horrible, mean customers. I wish more people would pull "pranks" like this.

nonmember avatar Heidi

That is incorrect, Krystal. Some states don't even have a minimum wage, and where I am from (Idaho) the minimum wage is $7.25, but restaurant employers are only required to pay $3.35/hr. It's all very easy to find with a quick google search. Or this website:

Sheena Jones

In florida as a server I was paid $4.77 and hour and if I had no tables that is what I got paid for the day.

nonmember avatar Sabra

Actually, if I didn't make enough tips to at least make minimum wage as a server, they had to compensate.

3boys... 3boysANDaMOMMY

In NC servers are paid $2.15 plus tips the company you work is responsable for making the differance up if your tips dont bring you to min wage

nonmember avatar Krystal

Well that is crap, thanks for informing me. I could have sworn it was law that you had to be paid federal minimum wage, guess I misunderstood.

nonmember avatar Krystal

Wow some of those minimum wages on that site are shameful, I feel bad for those workers. I don't think I will be complaining about my wages anymore.

Margaret Bales

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires payment of at least the federal minimum wage to covered, nonexempt employees. An employer of a tipped employee is only required to pay $2.13 an hour in direct wages if that amount plus the tips received equals at least the federal minimum wage, the employee retains all tips and the employee customarily and regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips. If an employee's tips combined with the employer's direct wages of at least $2.13 an hour do not equal the federal minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference.

Some states have minimum wage laws specific to tipped employees. When an employee is subject to both the federal and state wage laws, the employee is entitled to the provisions which provides the greater benefits.

Ms. Jones if you really didn't get minimum wage, you need to report the employer because they are violating federal law.

Justa... Justamom283

Love this! Thanks for sharing.

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