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Chiefs' Tamba Hali Leaves Thousand Dollar Tip

The Kansas City Chiefs are winning big on and off the field.

According to KCTV5, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali left a thousand dollar tip at a local restaurant recently.

Hali and up to 15 friends and family went to Fogo de Chao about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant was pretty empty because most fans had stayed home to watch the game or traveled to Arrowhead.

Hali and his group enjoyed the all-you-can-eat-pig-out-fest of meat and racked up a bill of more than $1,800. The restaurant automatically added a tip of almost $300.

Restaurant employees say Hali is a regular customer who is a generous tipper. Still they were stunned when he added an additional $1,000 gratuity onto the bill.

“It made our day. Hands down, it made our day,” server Joshua Roan said. “The staff was over the top. He was the last guest in the building. There was a lot of shouting and hollering after he left. We had to wait until he left. We had to keep it professional.”

This is just an awesome story. Anyone that has worked in the service industry knows how difficult of a job it can be and it is always nice to see those blessed with greater means do something generous.

The Chiefs and Hali are having a terrific season. KC’s defense leads the NFL in sacks, thanks in large part to Hali, who has racked up nine so far in 2013, matching his 2012 total. Hali also has four forced fumbles and an interception return for a TD.


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  • berttheclock

    Real class of a mensch.

    Reminded me in a lesser way of a fellow in LA, who owned a very successful burrito restaurant in East LA. He had a friend who owned a restaurant in Temple City and would always stop by after going to Santa Anita to bet early bird. Funny thing about him was he usually walked in with two friends of his who were better dressed. He looked as though he had just left the prep kitchen. He had his friends would have breakfast and there was always an automatic 100 dollar tip left for the server. Yes, what goes around does come around. So many do not know about servers automatically being held responsible by the IRS for 8 percent oi any check they write, no matter if any gratuity had been left for them or not. In Las Vegas, the IRS screens servers every year. I remember one server who though she could out fox them by keeping a diary where she had written down lesser tips. She had to pay a penalty because the IRS told her what the average was for every server in her casino restaurant.

  • micah stephenson

    Wow! Tamba is the man!!!


    When Scotty Pippin was playing for the Chicago Bulls, he had the balls to leave a 100.00 dollar tip…..on a bill over four grand. He was notorious for being a crappy tipper. He was always remembered as “No Tippin’ Pippin”. Tamba, you rock!

  • Troy Utt

    One more reason the next Jersey I buy will be a #91 Hali.
    This last summer camp in ST. Joe was my first… anyone who has ever been knows the crowds are large & if you are trying to get an autograph the rain makes the chances even slimmer.
    Even though it was an “all-team sign” day most every player was long gone within moments after practice even tho the early morning rain had sub-sided. Tamba Hali was the lone Chief signing autographs, not leaving the field until every last fan in attendence wanting one left with one! My son & I will never forget that! WAR CHIEFS!!!

  • AdamJ

    That’s why he happens to be my favorite player!
    I was at Arrowhead
    Stadium 2 weeks ago. It was awesome to see the team and break the sound
    record! That’s why I couldn’t help but get this T-shirt when I came
    across it: