Donnie Wahlberg leaves IHOP waitress $2,020 tip on $78 check: 'Complete blessing'

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One IHOP waitress got the surprise of a lifetime when singer Donnie Wahlberg walked into her Illinois restaurant on New Year's Day. 

The "New Kids on the Block" star joined wife Jenny McCarthy for a meal on Jan. 1, an encounter that left St. Charles waitress and fan Bethany Provencher more than surprised. 

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“Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you Donnie was my favorite,” she said to The Chicago Tribune. “I was a sick, crazy fan.” 

The brush with the star may have left Provencher excited, but it was Wahlberg's generous act that left her "freaking out" over the $2,020 tip he left her on a $78.48 check. "Thanks, Bethany,” he wrote on the check, with “Happy New Year,” “2020 Tip Challenge” and a smiley face to close out the generous gratuity. 

He also told the waitress to not look at the bill until after he left. 

“I freaked out. I had to look at it three times,” Provencher said. “It was a complete blessing."

Wahlberg has made headlines for similar encounters in the past. In 2017, he tipped $2,000 on an $82 meal at Waffle House. 

"My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars-- for years!" Wahlberg shared on Instagram. "So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens!"

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