Donnie Wahlberg Celebrates 2020 by Tipping IHOP Waitress $2,020

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Donnie Wahlberg started off 2020 by tipping way more than 20%!

After dining at an IHOP near his home in St. Charles, Illinois, the New Kids on the Block member celebrated the new year by leaving his server a festive tip.

Wahlberg’s wife, Jenny McCarthy, shared a snap of the receipt which revealed a $2,020 tip on a $75 bill.

".@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is. #ihop #2020tipchallenge," McCarthy tweeted on New Year's Day

Many fans commented that the #2020tipchallenge was a great trend to start off the new decade and commended him on his selfless action.

According to People, the challenge seems to have started when a server in Michigan received a $2,020 tip on a $23 bill.

The IHOP server, Bethany Provencher, spoke with People shortly after and revealed, “I’ve loved Donnie my whole life—I was a very big New Kids on the Block fan when I was a kid,” adding, “I didn’t want to freak out at the table, so I went into the bathroom and freaked out a little. I was like, ‘oh my god!'”

“I served them the best I could do,” she says. “He folded up the receipt and he gave it to me, and told me not to open it until he left. I said ‘okay, thank you, guys, come again. I’ll take care of you again.’ Then I open it, and I almost fell to the floor,” she recalled.

The boy band member Wahlberg is known to be a generous tipper having tipped $2,000 on an $82 meal at a Waffle House in North Carolina back in 2017.

At the time, he explained that he has a deep appreciation for those in the serving industry because his “mom waited tables” and his dad “tended bars” for years.

"So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens! Thanks to the team at @wafflehouseofficial Charlotte, NC!,” he added.

McCarthy gave up her hosting duties on the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to spend time with family. “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale filled in alongside longtime host, Ryan Seacrest.

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