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Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson leaves $1,000 tip on $37 tab as thanks to impacted workers

The South Florida restaurant thanks the former Miami Hurricanes receiver for his “continued patronage” and generosity to its employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

Former NFL standout Chad Johnson left a $1,000 tip for his waiter after dining at a restaurant in South Florida that recently reopened amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“Congrats on re-opening, sorry about the pandemic, hope this helps. I LOVE YOU,” the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver wrote Monday on his $37 tab. He tweeted a photo of the receipt from Havana’s Cuban Cuisine in Cooper City with the caption “Proverbs 11:25,” a bible verse that states “a generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

The restaurant also shared a photo of Johnson’s receipt on Facebook to thank the former NFL wide receiver for his “continued patronage” and generosity to their employees during “these most difficult times.”

Restaurants in Broward County were allowed to reopen dine-in service Monday with 25 percent limited indoor capacity, about two months after they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants with outdoor seating would have to keep tables 6 feet apart.

Other restaurants and retail shops in Florida started opening earlier this month after Gov. Ron DeSantis loosened some restrictions under the stay-at-home order.

Johnson, 42, spent most of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the second round in 2001 out of Miami. He played one year with the New England Patriots (2011) and participated in a training camp with the Miami Dolphins in 2012 before he was cut from the team. He was known as Chad Ochocinco from 2008 to 2012 before reverting back to his original last name.

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