Chiefs LB Tamba Hali leaves extra $1,000 tip at Kansas City restaurant

By John Breech |

Tamba Hali [91] might want to change his number to 85 because he leaves 85 percent tips. (USATSI)
Tamba Hali [91] might want to change his number to 85 because he leaves 85 percent tips. (USATSI)

Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali is No. 8 on's most recent MVP Projection and apparently, he's not just an MVP candidate, he's an MVP tipper. After Sunday's 17-16 win over Houston, Hali and 15 friends went to a Kansas City-area Fogo de Chao to celebrate the victory and after Hali left, the server's were probably celebrating too because he tipped over $1,000.

Hali and his group ordered $1,530.40 worth of food and drinks at Fogo de Chao and because of the size of his group, a 19.4 percent gratuity ($296.69) was automatically added to the bill for a total of $1,827.09. An almost $300-tip is great, but not great enough for Hali, he decided to add $1,000 more.

With the included gratuity, the eighth-year linebacker ended up tipping a total of $1,296.69 or 84.7 percent of the $1,530.40 total bill. The tip was split among the servers on staff while Hali was in the restaurant.

Tamba Hali's receipt. (KCTV-5)
Tamba Hali's receipt. (KCTV-5)

"It made our day. Hands down, it made our day," server Joshua Roan said, via KCTV-5 in Kansas City. "The staff was over the top. He was the last guest in the building. There was a lot of shouting and hollering after he left. We had to wait until he left. We had to keep it professional."

Now, letting a local television station interview you about a giant tip probably shouldn't be your first move if you're a server. It should be your second move after using the money to pay your November rent. Also, with all the bad tipping stories out there, it's nice to hear a good one and this is a good one.

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