Just when you didn’t think that you could like Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg anymore, a story comes out that shows off his incredibly generous personality.
Ever work in the restaurant industry? If you have, you know the feeling of an eight-hour shift on your feet. You know the feeling of dealing with customers and members of the general public. Many waiters and waitresses across the country work for minimum wage and tips. And too often, they don’t get tipped nearly as much as they should. Sometimes they don’t get tipped at all.
But the Blue Bloods and Band of Brothers actor isn’t cut from the same cloth. He is known for leaving extremely generous tips to help brighten the days — and in some cases the lives — of wait staff. Wahlberg’s wife, actress and model Jenny McCarthy, let the secret out about her husband’s tipping habits back in a 2017 Instagram post.
“You have tipped hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to hardworking people in Waffle Houses across the country,” McCarthy wrote.
Just last year, news broke that Wahlberg had left a $2,020 tip on his $35.27 lunch bill at a Massachusetts restaurant. There’s no doubt that kind of generosity caught the employees by surprise. In fact, the restaurant posted about the gesture on Facebook.
“A very special thank you to our friend @donniewahlberg! When asked about it all he said was ‘who’s up next?!”
Additionally, the Boston native left another $2,020 tip last year at an Illinois IHOP. He’s also done the same at various Waffle Houses across the country.
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Does More Than Just Leave Generous Tips
In her 2017 love letter to her husband, McCarthy said that her husband is much more than just a good tipper. She explains that he is a great husband, father and that he genuinely cares about his fans.
“I’ve seen you get on a plane to work at ‘Blue Bloods’ all day, only to get on an airplane that very same day to go perform your heart out at your concerts,” McCarthy continued. “I’ve seen you do all this while making sure that your fans felt appreciated. That our sons felt loved. And that your adoring wife felt cherished.”
And McCarthy doesn’t stop there. She goes on to describe some of her favorite interactions with her husband and some memories she will “never forget.”
“Holding a disabled woman in your arms so she can dance with you. Praying for funerals for fans who left us too soon,” she said. “Giving the shoes off your feet, the coat off your back, and the hat off your head to those whose lives changed because you did. Never in my life have I met anyone who has gone out of their way physically, emotionally, spiritually, and lovingly for the sake of others.”