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Updated: June 16, 2016

Man leaves $1,000 tip, returns next day to get it back

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Mark Wilson
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

It seemed too good to be true for Skye Seumptewa when she opened the ticket book left by her customer and more than $1,000 was in there. She knew something was up, and that suspicion was confirmed when her former customer returned the next day to get his money back.

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KUSA reported the man was eating at Thailicious, an Edgewater, Colorado, restaurant, on Monday night and sat at the bar, ordering a few glasses of wine with a meal before paying for his check. According to Seumptewa, he settled the bill and left, which is when she noticed the bounty of bills left inside.

"We thought he was just some super-loaded dude who wanted to make our night,” she told KUSA. 

Bee Anantatho, one of the restaurant's owners, said he and the workers were excited, but also a little skeptical. "(The server) was so excited about it. He said he's heard of the stories like this, but not with this much money. Like $400. This was something huge. I said maybe we should wait because that's too much money. Let's wait to see if he comes back or not."

The customer returned and said he was a little drunk when he left the original tip. "He came in and asked for the money back," Anantatho added. "He thought he lost it. He said he was a little drunk, and I think he believed that he counted 20 bills of money so I think that he believed that it was all singles."

The man left them with a $40 tip instead, the Denver Post reported.

Anantatho, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Surachai Surabotsopon, said they decided to give the money back for karma.

"Many people have said we have a right to keep the money, since it was already in the checkbook," he said. "I believe in karma, so if it's not ours, then we should give it back. He's still welcome."

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