Waiter runs after customer who forgot $424K cashier’s check, didn’t tip

NEW YORK — A New York City waiter returned a cashier’s check worth nearly $424,000 to the retired social worker who lost it. And he didn’t even get a tip.

Armando Markaj found a bank envelope while cleaning off a table last Saturday at Patsy’s restaurant in East Harlem, the AP reports. Markaj ran outside, but the customer was gone. He opened the envelope and got a shock: the hefty cashier’s check. After an unsuccessful search for the customer, the restaurant’s owner called the Daily News for help.

A “relieved” Karen Vinacour was reunited with her check Wednesday. It contained proceeds from her apartment sale, earmarked for a down payment on a new home.

The kicker? Vinacour had not tipped the waiter after her meal. She tried to rectify that, but he graciously declined.

Markaj, who’s working his way through school, did accept Vinacour’s apology and gratitude, saying he is “happy for her.”

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