NBA star Shaquille O’Neal reportedly paid the tabs of all restaurant patrons at a Manhattan eatery on Sunday night.
The tab, according to reports, came to more than $25,000.
What are the details?
The good deed unfolded at the Jue Lan Club in New York City after the basketball legend arrived at the restaurant.
According to Bleacher Report, O’Neal “proceeded to purchase dinner for the eatery’s entire staff along with covering all of his fellow diner’s [sic] bills, which he told restaurant workers to only reveal to the customers after he left the establishment.” The bill covered approximately 40 tables, according to reports.
A source told the New York Post that Shaq “left them the biggest tip they’ve ever received.” The restaurant, which specializes in Asian fare, features an expansive menu with offerings ranging in price from $12 to $40 and upward.
Complex has reported that the basketball legend has a net worth of more than $400 million.
O’Neal has yet to speak out on the reports at the time of publication.
Anything else to know about this?
In 2017, O’Neal said that he enjoys gracious tipping and helping out those in the hardworking service industry.
“When I’m at restaurants, I am a big tipper,” he told late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel during an interview about his propensity toward generosity. “I like to show people my appreciation. So when they come up to the table, I say, ‘The quicker I get my order, the bigger your tip will be.’ And then the food will come fast.”
He added that he’ll even sometimes ask servers to name their price — and pointed out that some aren’t terribly shy about stating their needs.
“When we get ready to leave, I’ll ask them, ‘What do you want?’ And the most someone said was $4,000. And I said, ‘OK. No problem,'” he recalled.