Well Probably not. This post was picked up by just about every media site. However, I’ll argue that it very well could have been faked. Whenever I find a story that I want to add to FakeAPost, I look at the links that they have and I try to figure out how are they benefiting from the post. In this case the links to facebook go to a person with enough timeline photos to appear to be a real person. If someone were trying to fake this post, this seems like way too much effort for little to no gain.
The only thing about this post that is remotely sketchy is that the photo that was shared by the waitress doesn’t show the full receipt. Clearly, you wouldn’t want to disclose personal information to the internet, but every time I see a story like this I think, how easy would it be to just take the customer copy and write a huge tip on it, take a cropped photo and boom, there is the photo to be used as proof. Well- that’s what I did on the fake post. The couple that demands a $200 refund.
We see these types of over-tipping stories all the time and there are clearly fake ones that get picked up by the media. Here is an example of a “Youtuber” who gave a $10,000 tip on a $0 check…
One North Carolina waitress has received a $10,000 tip from a kind stranger, and split it with her coworkers.
Alaina Custer was serving at a family restaurant in North Carolina when two customers came in and ordered just a glass of water each.
“When I went back over there, they were gone and there was a note on the table on a napkin that said, ‘Waters were great.’ Then just the stack of $100s sitting there and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ and I thought it wasn’t real like someone was playing a joke on me,” she told Inside Edition.
The mystery tipper turned out to be Jimmy Donaldson, a YouTube star who goes by the name “Mr. Beast.” His videos feature extreme acts of generosity like tipping $10,000 to a pizza delivery driver and handing out cash to random people out of an ice cream truck.
“These are my favorite types of videos to make. I really enjoy helping people,” he said on his channel.
When Custer got the money, she said she was “very excited.” She also paid it forward.
She kept $800 and split the rest among her co-workers.
She’s a 20-year-old college student and says this money is a huge help.
Think about how easy it would be to make up this story
First, anyone could be a “youtube star”.
Second, they could make the entire thing up without any proof.
Third, all of the links in the original story go to sites that aren’t connected to the links – a spam misdirected link thing which may give you a virus (so I didn’t attach any links to this post)
Fourth, even if there was a video showing $10,000 in cash being handed to the server, who is to say that they don’t give it back to the “YouTube Star” as part of a publicity stunt.