The waitress, Bethany Provenche, told People magazine that as a single mom and longtime fan of New Kids on the Block, the surprise was a life changer.
“I just moved into an apartment, I’m a single mother — by myself with my son. So I struggle every day to make ends meet. And now I can buy furniture and put some money in the bank, and make sure my son is good.”
It wasn’t Wahlberg’s first wildly generous act. In 2017, he left a $2,000 tip for a Waffle House waitress in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This year’s sizable tip was tied to the 2020 Tip Challenge, which Wahlberg wrote on his receipt. The challenge has been a trending topic on Twitter and encourages consumers to tip $20.20 on their restaurant bills no matter the total. If the budget permits, some have tipped $2,020, including Wahlberg, or $202.
Others posted on Twitter about their random acts of kindness as a way to kick off the new year.