On 19 July 2013, Taylor Swift ate at Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Head chef Shawn Gallo said, “I called my mom to tell her Swift was there, and she wanted me to take a picture because she is a big fan.” He added, ‘My son has autism, and while I’m at work my mom and my son love to listen to her music. He loves her music!” Ms. Taylor gave Mr. Gallo and his son two tickets to see her concert the following night. Mr. Gallo said, “It was so kind-hearted of her. My son Shawnee is 11. It was my son and I’s first concert we’ve ever been to! It was really special.” Ms. Swift also left a $500 tip. The restaurant stayed open late to accommodate Ms. Swift’s schedule. According to reports, her bill was approximately $800, so her tip was approximately a very generous 62.5 percent.
For Further Information: Lily Harrison and Lindsey Caldwell, “Taylor Swift’s ‘Biggest Fan’ Contest Canceled as Singer Leaves $500 Tip After Dinner With Ed Sheeran and Austin Mahone.” Eonline. 24 July 2013
For Further Information: Luchina Fisher, “Taylor Swift Leaves Huge Tip.” ABC News. 25 July 2013
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