Ohio universities’ tipping rivalry spreads to Florida with $2,800 left for restaurant’s staff

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An escalating rivalry among college basketball fans in Ohio to leave big tips at restaurants has spilled over to Florida, where generous patrons have started a tipping challenge of their own.

The “Crosstown Tip-Off” has already seen fans of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati give tens-of-thousands of dollars combined to workers at businesses in the Cincinnati area since last month.

Now, two diners at a restaurant in Jupiter, Florida have also taken up the challenge, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

One patron at Kirby’s Sports Grille left a $1,300 tip on top of a $29.75 bill, according to the report. It included a note stating: “Let’s got XU (and UC) nation! Let’s get this to the national level.”

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Sean Kirby, the restaurant owner, told the newspaper that he’d never heard of the Crosstown Tip-Off before.

“It has something to do with your colleges, right?” he told the Enquirer.

The tipping challenge is named after the annual “Crosstown Shootout” between the two schools’ basketball teams.

Xavier won the latest matchup in December, but fans had to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic…

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