Workers at a Maryland Waffle House admit they weren’t thrilled when a “big old bus” pulled into their parking lot at 2:15 a.m. on a quiet Monday, but if you have to serve a party of eight in the dead of night, it could be much worse than an apologetic Donnie Wahlberg. He was apparently traveling with a group from that night’s New Kids on the Block show in Washington, D.C. The Blue Bloods star didn’t identify himself at first — he just walked in and told the store’s three employees, “We’re hungry, we’re good people, and we tip well.”
The Wahlburgers co-owner is no doubt up to speed on how much restaurant workers make (or don’t, maybe more accurately), so he left a $500 tip for the grill cook Nick Funk and his two servers Angi Silen and Tyler Spangler, none of whom recognized the second-chair Wahlberg right away. “At first, I thought he looked familiar,” Silen tells the Baltimore Sun. “Then I said to Tyler, ‘That’s one of the Wahlbergs.’” (Her lack of exclamation point in the original.)
They were super thankful for his generosity, though. “I thought ‘Oh wow, he tipped me more than I ever did in a week’s pay,” Funk says. Silen adds that she may have cried a little, not because she was in the presence of NKOTB, but because she needs the money right now. “It’s a big thing for my family because we’re going through tough times,” she tells the Sun. “There’s no extras in my world lately.” She says her portion will help pay this month’s rent.