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It wasn't his enthusiasm over the beer he bought that brought on the $5,000 tip -- it was just a big mistake

DAVID F. ASHTON - A customer who accidently added a huge tip to his tab here, at San Felipe Taqueria in Westmoreland, was located through the efforts of the restaurant, and was refunded in full. After buying a beer at the well-known restaurant San Felipe Taqueria in Westmoreland on January 25, customer David House accidentally paid $5,007 for the beverage and the tip. He didn't even realize he'd done it until he later discovered that his bank account was bare.

Meantime, looking over transaction records for the weekend, the restaurant's owner, Oniel Ortiz, said he'd spotted the unlikely transaction, and started checking surveillance videos and making phone calls to find who had done it. He assumed that it probably was a mistake.

COURTESY OF KATU-TV-2 NEWS - Being made whole by the restaurant, after accidently leaving a $5,000 tip at San Felipe Taqueria in Westmoreland, David House was all smiles. Several local television stations ran with the story; and before the end of the week, House had seen the reports and gotten in touch with Ortiz to work things out.

"We gave him all of his money back, including the beer – the beer was on me!" Ortiz said.

As for House himself, he commented, "This worked out well; you can see me smiling. I think they handled this very well."

He added that the taqueria's effort to find him, and its refund of his five grand, had "restored his faith in humanity".


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