‘COVID bandit’ strikes at Denver’s Guard and Grace restaurant, leaves $6,800 tip

DENVER (KDVR) — The staff at Guard and Grace are extremely thankful for a patron that left a $6,800 cash tip distributed to the 34 employees working at the restaurant on Saturday night.

The guest signed the receipt “COVID bandit” and wrote “COVID sucks” with a smiley face on it. The receipt is similar to one previously signed at a cafe in Estes Park and is the same amount per employee.

‘COVID sucks’: Patron leaves $200 tip per employee at Estes Park cafe

According to Ben Moon, one of the staff members working on Saturday, the diner was talking to the general manager for a while. He then went to the bar in one of the private dining rooms where the staff had lined up and personally handed each member $200 cash.

“His reservation was literally under the name COVID Bandit,” Moon said.

Chef Troy Guard posted on his Facebook:

“Whoever this person is …, thank you so much for your act of kindness and your sincere genuine caring thoughtfulness you just bestowed on our Guard and Grace staff …

“You gave out $6800 DOLLARS in total … you gave $200 to each employee… some were crying – some are jumping up and down – some are dancing !

“I don’t know who you are Mr. COVID BANDIT – but from the bottom of my heart – and our entire staff ….. THANK YOU I’m just speechless – you strike again ! “

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