New Kids’ Donnie Wallberg leaves $2,000 tip for waffles, pays tribute to his parents

It pays to be nice. Wallberg was so charmed by the staff he gave them tickets and backstage passes to an NKOTB concert too.

Pretty much everyone loves a good waffle. But Donnie Wallberg really loved his meal and experience at a Waffle House in Charlotte, North Carolina, yesterday.

The New Kids on the Block singer loved it so much he left a $2,000 tip on a bill for $82.60.

In a post on his Facebook page, Wallberg paid tribute to his hard-working parents who raised him to recognize those who treat him well and the great service he got at the iconic diner restaurant.

My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars– for years! So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me…

Posted by Donnie Wahlberg on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

While waiting for his meal, Wallberg narrated his visit in an 11-minute Facebook Live video. He chatted with the staff, talked about the New Kids on the Block concerts and his work on the CBS show “Blue Bloods.” And, of course, biscuits and gravy.

Waffle House …

Posted by Donnie Wahlberg on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In addition to the $2,000 tip, Wallberg gave the Waffle House employees tickets and backstage passes for Thursday’s New Kids on the Block concert.

In case you needed to know, he ordered the grits, steak and eggs.

Emily Hellewell

Emily Hellewell is the managing editor of FamilyShare. She previously worked for NPR, Brigham Young University and for the Alexandria, Virginia Visitor's Association. She is currently pursuing an MBA from BYU.