Tom Selleck Leaves a $2,020 Tip and Handwritten Note for Restaurant Servers as Part of the 2020 Tip Challenge
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Generosity clearly runs in the Blue Blood family.
On Wednesday night, Donnie Wahlberg announced that his co-star Tom Selleck recently left a $ 2,020 tip on a $ 204.68 bill for waiters at Elio's restaurant in New York City.
"I found out that my TV dad Tom Selleck generously accepted the # 2020TipChallenge at Elios Upper East Side! I love you Dad," Wahlberg posted on Twitter, along with photos of Selleck's receipt and a cute handwritten note for staff .
The New Kids on the Block star tells PEOPLE that Selleck, who had dinner in the classic Italian restaurant in November, kept the generous gesture to himself for weeks. "Tom never mentioned it to me," he says. "We've done three [Blue Bloods] dinner scenes since he did and he never told me."
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In his letter, Selleck, who plays Wahlberg's father, Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, in the hit CBS drama, nodded especially to his television son, who inspired him to share his happiness and good wishes with the staff. "For Elios, I honor my friend Donnie Wahlberg's 'Tip Challenge' with my sincere hope for a better 2020. Thank you all," he wrote.
Wahlberg tweeted: "I haven't started, but I'm proud to be a part of it. To those who gave even the smallest additional amount this year - THANK YOU."
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The 2020 Tip Challenge is indicative of a tipping trend that began in Michigan in January 2020 when a server at Thunder Bay River Restaurant received a tip of $ 2,020 on a $ 23 bill. On January 2, Wahlberg and his wife, The Masked Singer host Jenny McCarthy, kicked off the New Year by leaving a $ 2,020 tip on an IHOP server in their hometown of St. Charles, Illinois. The star repeated his act of kindness in November when he also left his waiter at Marshland Restaurant in Plymouth, Massachusetts with a tip of $ 2,020 on a bill of $ 35.27.
The tipping trend continued to grow in 2020: a few days after the couple left the tip at IHOP, Harry Styles, who was on vacation in Anguilla with longtime buddy James Corden and Adele at the time, left his own tip of $ 2,020 a bill of $ 472.50 a dinner together on January 5th.
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As for Selleck, it is not atypical to keep the news of the generous tip to yourself. "I'm a pretty private person," said the actor who worked with Magnum P.I. in the 1980s, PEOPLE said in April. "And I've always valued the balance between work and time with my family. It's always about them."
When he's not shooting Blue Bloods in New York, he's at home with Jillie, his 34-year-old wife, on their ranch in Ventura, California. "My relationships and my ranch keep me healthy," says the star, father of children Hannah, 32 and Kevin, 54, his son with first wife, Jacqueline Ray.
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