In June, Eric Smith ordered a stromboli from Alfredo’s Pizza in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Even though his bill was only $13, Eric paid his server $3,000. At that time, his server, Mariana Lambart, and the restaurant praised his generosity. But a few weeks later, Alfredo received a warning about the disputed charge. Now, the restaurant is suing Eric for their money!
“We received the notice 45 days after he ate at our establishment,” said restaurant VP Leslie Minicozzi. Newsweek. “We paid Mari $3,000 in corporate check so we, as owners, are at a loss right now.”
According to the local store WNEP, the managers at Alfredo were skeptical about the tip from the leap. However, they thanked Eric once the credit card charge was finalized. According to employees, Eric said the large tip was part of a social media campaign called Advice for Jesus. In July, Mariana spoke about thought-provoking advice.
“It really means a lot to me because everyone goes through everything,” Mariana said. She added, “It really touched my heart.”
The restaurant contacted the customer but he ghosted them
It is not clear how Mariana feels or if she is aware of the disputed charge. However, Alfredo management was not happy to receive the dispute and contacted Eric to clarify.
“We think someone is really trying to do a good thing. And what are we now, three months later? Not even, and nothing at all. There’s nothing to show for it at this point,” said Alfredo’s manager Zachary Jacobson WNEP.
Newsweek reported that management contacted Eric via Facebook, but he claimed that he paid his credit card company. But, he no proof and stopped responding to messages from management. Now, things are being taken to court after the restaurant filed a lawsuit.
“It’s just slightly more severe right now. It caused a lot of nonsense and drama. Unfortunately, we had to file the charges through the magistrate’s office because we’ve run out of this money at this point,” Zachary said. “And he told us to sue him. So that’s what we’re going to do, I guess. “
Besides running their money, the manager also hopes Eric can take control of his actions.
“I hope he takes control of his actions and shows up and pays this because you shouldn’t do this if this is the end result,” Zachary said.
WNEP Eric declined to comment at the time of publication.