Restaurant from 'The Office' sues customer who demanded it return $3K tip he left for waitress on $13 meal

Eric Smith, the customer, said that he decided to give that amount after being inspired by an online movement 'Tips for Jesus'

Restaurant from 'The Office' sues customer who demanded it return $3K tip he left for waitress on $13 meal
Eric Smith reportedly left Mariana Lambert a $3,000 tip which he is now demanding back (Screenshot from WNEP )
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SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA: A restaurant is suing a customer named Eric Smith to court after he asked back a $3,000 tip he gave to Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo's Pizza Cafe, in June for a meal costing just $13. Smith had reportedly disputed the charges paid through his credit card, forcing the cafe to pay Lambert themselves.

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According to DailyMail, after getting the tip, Lambert was quoted as saying, "It really meant a lot to me because everyone's going through stuff. It really touched my heart. I still can't believe it. I'm still in shock." Smith told her he had left her that big amount after being inspired by an online movement named 'Tips for Jesus.' The waitress wanted to use the money to pay some bills and possibly take a vacation with her family. Alfredo's manager Zachary Jacobson told WNEP, "A little over a month ago, we received something in the mail that Eric was disputing the charge for the tip that he left." So, they reached out to Smith thinking this was a misunderstanding. However, Smith has now stopped answering messages and now, the business is taking him to court. "We thought somebody was actually trying to do a good thing. And then now we are, what, three months later? Not even, and there's nothing. There's nothing to show for it at this point," he said. He added that the cafe has filed charges at the magistrate's court as they were "just out of this money at this point", and would likely end up suing him after Smith himself suggested they do so. 

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The manager said, as reported by WNEP, "It's just a little aggravating right now. It's been causing a lot of nonsense and drama. Unfortunately, we had to file charges through the magistrate's office because now we're just out of this money at this point. And he told us to sue him. So that's what we're going to end up doing, I guess." He concluded by saying, "I hope that he owns up to his actions and comes forth and does pay this because you shouldn't have done this if this was the end result."

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On Season 4 of 'The Office' Alfredo's Pizza Cafe was mentioned in the episode of 'The Launch Party' where everybody asks, "Do you know which is best? Alfredo's Pizza Cafe or Pizza by Alfredo?"

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