Waiter Returns $424K Check Left Behind By Customer Who Didn't Tip Him


I'm not sure how many people would have been as nice as this guy was. A New York City waiter returned a $424,000 cashier’s check left behind by a customer who left without tipping him just minutes before.

Armando Markaj found a blank envelope while cleaning off a table at Patsy’s Pizzeria in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood and ran outside after the customer, but she was nowhere in sight. Markaj is a medical student working his way through school.

When he opened the envelope to see if any information could be found, he found a check for almost a half-million dollars. Markaj gave the check to Patsy’s owner, Frank Brija who then contacted the New York Daily News, which helped them track down the mystery woman.

The check’s owner, Karen Vinacour, is a 79-year-old retired social worker from Manhattan who came into some money after having an apartment sale and those proceeds were earmarked for a down payment on a new home.

She did apologize for not leaving a tip and tried to offer Markaj a belated tip. He accepted the apology but declined the money, adding that he was just “happy for her.”

Source: New York Daily News