Very Friendly Rivalry: Colleges Competing To Out-Tip Each Other Raise $34,000 For Struggling Restaurant Workers

Students and alums of two Ohio colleges are putting a rivalry toward good. The challenge is a “tip-off,” launched by a Xavier College alum.

The mystery alum left $1,000 on a $54 tab at Zip’s Café. The restaurant noticed a napkin left on the table with a note written on it.

The message read:

“Please share this tip with all your employees as they work so hard and are dealing with COVID. Go, Xavier!”

Amazing. More of this, please!

Zip’s took a photo of the napkin and bill with the tip and uploaded it to its Facebook page.

In the post, Zip’s wrote:

“This is the perfect chance for us to say, thank you!

To our long time regulars and friends and to those of you finding us for the first time, thank you!

To the gentleman and his daughters who left this incredibly generous tip this afternoon, with big smiles on our faces, we want to say, thank you!”

University of Cincinnati saw the gesture and said “hold our beer.”

A week after Zip’s posted the news, Keystone Bar & Grill had its own anonymous tipper who left a note that said:

“Earlier this week I saw a Xavier fan tip $1,000 at Zip’s… I believe now more than ever we need to support our local restaurants. Let’s see how long we can keep this going … Bearcats up by 1!!”

Similarly, Keystone uploaded the news to its Facebook page, writing:

“They requested we share this story on social media, not for recognition, but to inspire others to do the same for those in the service industry. And they added a little fun to the challenge by highlighting the Xavier/UC rivalry! It’s your turn, Xavier fans! Who will be one-upping the Bearcats by leaving a $1,002 tip at your favorite local bar or restaurant?

Xavier University


University of Cincinnati


By competing, the college students and alums actually worked together to raise $34,000 for restaurant workers.


Written by Lindsay Patton