People who have worked in the hospitality industry have created somewhat of a challenge on TikTok—those who have had the (dis)pleasure of serving celebrities are describing how the famous folks behave when the cameras are off.
The alleged stories feature everyone from Naomi Campbell to Keanu Reeves, and I think we can be pretty thankful for them. If it wasn’t for these confessions, we would probably never know about our beloved A-listers’ tipping habits or weird orders. So sit back, continue scrolling, and prepare to see your favorite idols in a new light. Enjoy.
Keanu Reeves – Described By A Waitress
He came in for a lunch with a bunch of industry stiffs. Orders a dozen oysters for himself like it’s a casual thing to do, He was so polite, so humble, paid for the whole bill. Tipped super well.
Jamie Lee Curtis – Described By An Apple Store Employee
Showed up 30 minutes early, waited outside for us to open. She’s amazing.
Julianne Moore – Described By A Server
Beautiful, classy and sweet. One of the few celebrities to look you in the eye and say “Thank you”.
These stories focus on much more than just tips, and I agree: some actions speak louder than words bills. But as a former waiter, I know that your tolerance tank gets way bigger if you’re getting paid for your struggles.
If we were to look at Hollywood’s generous tippers, thankfully, we’d see quite a long list. Jimmy Fallon, for example, kicked off 2020 at Kissaki Sushi in Water Mill, New York, with his wife Nancy Juvonen, and left a generous $400 tip for their waiter, a representative for the restaurant confirmed with PEOPLE. Fallon also agreed to take photos with fans who were eating nearby.
Hillary Clinton – Described By A Server
It was post-election Hillary. She had been through it. So I was thinking maybe she’d want red wine, something relaxing…Hillary Clinton was drinking tequila sodas
Drew Barrymore – Described By A Waitress
Gigi & Bella Hadid – Described By A Hostess
These two are so nice. I can not tell you enough things about them. They’re super polite and friendly with staff which is unfortunately rare for celebrities.
The best part is that such acts are contagious. On November 7th, Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg dined at a Marshland restaurant location in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and left his server, Denise Andrews, a $2,020 tip on a $35.27 bill.
Later that month, his co-star Tom Selleck left a handwritten note and a $2,020 tip on a $204.68 bill for the servers at Elio’s restaurant in New York City. In his letter, Selleck gave a special nod to his costar Donnie Wahlberg, who inspired him to share his good fortunes and good wishes with the staff. “For Elios, I am honoring my friend Donnie Wahlberg’s ‘Tip Challenge’ [see next slide] with my sincere hope for a better 2020. Thank you all,” the letter said.
Of course, nobody expects celebrities to pay crazy amounts of money every time they drink a latte, but it’s certainly nice to see them helping hospitality industry workers.
Beyonce – Described By A Hostess
We didn’t speak too much. Her and Jay-Z came in , I walked them to the table. But when she left she made sure to look at me with a big smile, and say “Thank you”. She was beautiful.
Zach Galifianakis – Described By An Apple Store Employee
This guy came in with a giant sun hat on, glasses and fanny pack. I asked “Do you need help with anything”. He lowered his glasses and whispered “No”. But he was funny.
Dakota Fanning – Described By A Server
Seems like a really normal person. Met a girlfriend there, split a bottle of white wine. Solid tipper, can’t complain.
Abby Lee Miller – Described By An Apple Store Employee
Her character from “Dance Moms” is not a character. She is exactly who you think she is. She was screaming at me.
Nicki Minaj – Described By An Airport Employee
Wouldn’t get off the aircraft until everyone else got off, which she can’t do because the flight attendants need to get off…I was a fan before I met her. After…yeah, no.
Looks like a beautiful little fairy in person. Came in on a super busy night with her husband but was really sweet and and understanding.
Kylie Jenner – Described By A Hostess
She was fine, but she tipped $20 on a $500 dinner bill, Do with that information what you will.
Chris Evans – Described By An Airport Employee
He didn’t really talk to anybody. He was low-key not trying to be seen.
Naomi Campbell – Described By A Flight Attendant
There was many stories of how rude she can be, and was actually banned by the airline I worked at for apparently spitting in a crew members face. She sits on napkins whenever she flies to avoid touching the seat so, plus points for that.
Dakota Johnson – Described By An Airport Employee
Okay, so, Dakota. She forgot her passport, all the way in LA in the middle of traffic hour, So we had to delay the flight, and she still didn’t make it back. But I made fun of her the next time she flew out — she laughed and was super polite.
Josh Peck – Described By A Hostess
Him and his wife came in for a lunch reservation one day and he was so friendly. I honestly think he’s the nicest celebrity I’ve ever met. It fulfilled all my childhood dreams.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – Described By A Flight Attendant
Smells amazing. Looks photoshopped in real life. Didn’t eat one thing from a aircraft, didn’t drink one thing from a aircraft. She only brought her spring water. She was kind.
Kim Kardashian – Described By A Flight Attendant
We were flying from LA to New York. It was a red-eye, she was seriously so sweet… but she did go to the lavatory with no shoes on.
Glenn Close – Described By A Server
With Glenn Close always came Pip, and Pip was running the show. Pip had full rein to run around the restaurant as much as he wanted. Not the most fun, but the dog was pretty funny, and it was overall okay.
Kendall Jenner – Described By A Hostess
This is another one where unfortunately I did not have the best experience with them, She used to come in all the time and was pretty cold toward staff. She also usually has someone else speak for her, and doesn’t speak directly to staff.
Nick Jonas – Described By A Hostess
He came in with his friends one time and he was super normal and chill. Not too much to report on this, but he definitely seems like a nice guy.
Cameron Dallas – Described By A Hostess
I kind of had a bad experience with him, Him and his friends called after we were closed and insisted on a table, and kind of pulled a ‘Do you know who I am?’ moment.”
Hailey Bieber – Described By A Hostess
This is gonna be controversial. I’ve met her handful of times and every time she was not nice. I really want to like her.
Bad Bunny – Described By An Airport Employee
He was super polite. Super nice. He actually took out his hand to shake mine and I died.
Katherine Heigl – Described By A Designer
If 2020 was a career, it would be Katherine Heigl. Friends of mine who have worked on set with her and photoshoots, have told me that she’s extremely difficult and always mad.
Orlando Bloom – Described By An Apple Store Employee
This guy came in with a motorcycle helmet, went all the way to the back, went to the staircase, which people aren’t allowed to go and I went back there, and I said, ‘Do you need help with anything?’ and he took off his helmet and it was Orlando Bloom.
Jonah Hill – Described By A Waitress
Now this one was confusing, when I met him, he was standing in the doorway, holding the door open, going, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.’ It was either he was trying to get attention, or he was just trying to say thank you. Actually couldn’t figure it out. Weird interaction.
Jessica Alba – Described By A Designer
I had several friends of mine work on set with her, for a show. ‘She’s not nice’ is a phrase that we can use. She loves to rub hummus on her dress. Playing mind games on you. She does this thing where she talks to you while not talking to you.
Jason Derul – Described By A Disney Employee
Jason Derulo does not know lyrics to Christmas songs and he had to write the lyrics on his hand, it was kind of embarrassing.