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While on tour with his New Kids on the Block bandmates, Wahlberg stopped in for a late-night meal at the Waffle House in Edgewood, Maryland—and left the overnight staff a $500 surprise. Jessica Reed, who works the morning shift at the Waffle House location, tells PEOPLE: "There were two servers and a cook [working] and he left a $500 tip for the three of them to split. They took a picture together and he was apparently really awesome." The receipt shows the star's handwritten tip added to the $62.75 bill. "When I came in at 6 o’clock in the morning, the overnight shift was bragging about it," jokes Reed.
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Schumer's got at least two super-generous tips to her name. Recently, she left a bartender at mega-popular Broadway musical Hamilton a $1,000 tip (on a $77 bill), and in 2015, she left a $500 tip on a $50 bill on Long Island after finding out her waitress was working two jobs to pay for college.
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Waiters all over have to perk up whenever they see they're waiting on Depp. A famously good tipper, the most commonly recited example of his generosity occurred in 2009, when he was in Chicago filming Public Enemies and left a waiter a $4,000 tip at one of the city's famous steakhouses, Gibsons.
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While in Boston in 2016, Hanks joined friends for a "fast and casual" lunch in the private dining room at Pier 6, ordering up a bowl of New England clam chowder before tucking into some lamb gyros. At the end of the meal, he gave the staff a thanks — telling them he "loved the chowdah" — and was "a great tipper," a staffer told PEOPLE.
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The lovebirds were also in Boston in late 2016 for Jonas's band DNCE's performance at the Kiss108 Jingle Ball. After joining friends and settling into a private room at Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge — where staff set up a TV so Jonas could catch his beloved New York Giants play football — they dined on sushi and sashimi and a few beers. Once the game wrapped up, they left, leaving a hearty tip behind, an employee told PEOPLE.
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The Great Wall star — along with a group of friends and family — headed to il Casale Italian Cucina + Bar in the suburb of Belmont, about a half hour outside of Boston, where the actor ordered Chef Dante de Magistris's signature tagliatelle alla Bolognese, the traditional meat ragu from Emilia Romagna.
"He was in a great mood. They were laughing, reminiscing on old times," one bystander told PEOPLE of the May 2017 visit, adding that the group "tipped very well." The onlooker continued: "They said they will be back and want to try the family style menus next time."
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Swift left $500 on a bill at a Philadelphia restaurant in 2013, but went one step further, leaving the head chef two tickets to her show the following night. She also doesn't need a restaurant to be generous – she reportedly doled out $90 to a fan in New York City in 2014 when the girl told Swift she was headed to Chipotle.
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According to StainedApron.com, which keeps a running list of celebrity tip stories, Murray once left a New York City waiter a 120 percent tip on a $60 bill and also imparted a brief lesson on how to juice lemons more effectively. He gets points for creativity as well: A Philadelphia waitress recounted in 2012 how Murray once asked her offhandedly if she wanted anything "from the army-navy store" before leaving. She replied, "Yeah, camo pants." Twenty minutes later, a pair of camo pants were duly delivered at the restaurant.
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Jay Z made the waitstaff's night at Miami's Fontainebleau in 2011, dropping a staggering $50,000 in gratuity (after spending $250,000 on champagne) during his Watch the Throne release party.
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Simpson likes to personalize her generosity. In 2011, after dining on veal parmigiana, fried Oreos and Mcallan scotch – a meal after our own heart – she left the waitress at New York City's Lavo a $300 tip on a $500 check and a note reading, "You were amazing and make this world a better place. Love, Jess."
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Theron stopped in at a Pinkberry in Hollywood in 2014 before realizing she didn't have any cash on hand to pay the $3.75 bill. She promised an employee to return and eventually did, handing over $100 and telling the staff to keep the change for the trouble.
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The good Dr.—then a newly minted billionaire thanks to his Beats headphones empire—dropped $5,000 tip at West Hollywood's Skybar in June 2014. Earlier that month, he bought Gisele and Tom Brady's house for $40 million, so we guess you could say Dr. Dre had a pretty good June in 2014.
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"I think it's important when you're successful [to be a good tipper]," Barkley told Conan O'Brien in 2014. "I've tipped $25,000 before," he continued, explaining that it was during a blackjack game where he won $700,000, and that "I probably should have tipped more." Can we be your blackjack dealer sometime, Charles?
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