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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."


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. A few weeks later, fans began showing their school pride by leaving messages supporting one team or the other on receipts with big tips.


Less than an hour after the first tip at Kirby’s, another generous diner who heard about it also left a big tip: $1,500 for a bill of $71.19.

The server, Kimberly Filion, shook when she saw the first tip and cried when she saw the second, according to the report. She told the Enquirer that the money was much-needed during the pandemic.

"The service industry has taken the brunt of this," the single mother of four told the newspaper. "I’ve been barely surviving."

The tip-off has raised more than $55,000, according to a tally by WLWT in Cincinnati.

College basketball fans began showing their school pride by leaving messages supporting one team or the other on receipts with big tips. (iStock)


Filion shared the $2,800 with her co-workers, the Enquirer reported.

"Hopefully this keeps going," she told the Enquirer. "Maybe we’ll make this the Jupiter, Florida tip challenge."

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Massachusetts Reopening Plan: COVID Restrictions Loosen Monday, Including Restaurant Capacity

BOSTON (CBS) – Governor Charlie Baker is easing more restrictions as Massachusetts moves forward with Phase 3, Step 2 of its reopening plan.

Starting Monday, restaurants will no longer have a percent capacity limit, but social distancing has to remain in place.

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Only six people are allowed per table and a 90-minute time limit is in place. Musical performances will be allowed starting Monday.

Gyms and offices can expand to 50% capacity.

Concert halls, theaters and indoor recreational facilities like roller rinks and laser tag can re-open at 50% capacity.

Larger venues are capped at 500 people, excluding employees.

Gatherings at private homes and backyards remain limited to 10 people inside and 25 outdoors.

The City of Boston is holding off on some aspects of re-opening until after St. Patrick’s Day.

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The city’s going to let most businesses operate at 50% capacity, but indoor performances and musical performances at restaurants won’t be allowed until March 22.

The City of Somerville is remaining a step behind the state in its reopening plan. The restrictions mean capacity limits won’t be eased until at least March 15.

Also starting March 22, venues such as Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park and TD Garden can welcome fans back at 12% capacity.

But there are still many businesses that will have to remain closed until Step 2 of Phase 4 or later.

Here’s the list, according to the state’s website:

  • Bars, beer gardens without food, dance clubs and nightclubs
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, indoor or outdoor water parks and “ball pits”
  • Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals
  • Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events
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