Big tip: Customer leaves $2,021 gratuity on New Year’s Day order at Florida juice bar

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A customer at a South Florida juice bar gave its workers a great start to 2021.

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A woman walked into Miami Squeeze on Friday and ordered breakfast and some to-go items. The bill for three avocado toasts with eggs and three smoothies was $71.84, but the customer added a $2,021 tip, the Miami Herald reported.

The woman left a note on the bill that read, “Happy New Year! Always love coming here.”

The tip was enough to give each of Miami Squeeze’s 22 employees $100.

“That is the biggest tip we’ve ever gotten by far,” Kelly Amar, 23, whose parents have owned and operated Miami Squeeze for about 35 years, told the Herald. “This blows out anything we’ve ever gotten.”

Miami Squeeze posted the receipt on their Instagram page Friday afternoon.

Amar said the tipper comes to Miami Squeeze once or twice a week, the Herald reported. The woman requested anonymity, but stressed the tip should be spread among all employees.

“We were not expecting this at all,” Amar told the newspaper. “We said, ‘Are you sure?’ She said, ‘Yes, thank you. I love this place, I’m so happy to do this for you.’ It was a really special moment.”

The restaurant felt the economic squeeze because of the coronavirus pandemic and was forced to lay off several workers, the Herald reported. Those workers have since been brought back as business picked up, and the staff was thrilled to receive the generous tip and note to start off the new year.

“The community is our business,” the juice bar’s manager, Julian Salgado, told WSVN. “If there’s no community, then we can’t stay open, and we’re very thankful to have all these great clients of ours, that became family at this point.”



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