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The 2020 Tip Challenge is spreading on social media. Here’s how it started

Have you participated in the 2020 Tip Challenge? (Photo: Photobuff, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It appears we have one of our first viral campaigns of the new year: The 2020 Tip Challenge.

The trend seems to have started on New Year’s Day. Server Danielle Franzoni received a $2,020 tip on a $23 bill while working at the Thunder Bay River Restaurant in Michigan, reports NBC News.

The receipt also had a handwritten message reading “Happy New Year. 2020 Tip Challenge.”

“I feel like I want to say everything from my heart, but this couple has no idea what they have done for my family,” Franzoni tells NBC News.

According to CNN, Franzoni kept it going by leaving a $20.20 tip on a dinner bill that week.

The challenge started to pick up momentum after actor and New Kids On The Block singer Donnie Walhberg left a $2,020 tip for his server following a visit to IHOP.

“@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is,” wrote his wife, Jenny McCarthy.

Since then, other users on social media have shared their moments of generosity under the hashtag #2020tipchallenge, leaving tips of $20.20.

So I can’t afford to give a large 2020 tip. The waitress was beyond surprised! She even hugged me! #CincoDeMayo#2020tipchallengepic.twitter.com/1B1VCAtp4I

Okkk @[email protected] . I wasnt able to do the BIG 2k+ tip. buuuut spreading some #2020 TIP LOVE just the same 🤗🤗 thanks 4 the inspiration 🤗😘 #[email protected]#erinebers#payitforward#happynewyear2020 haa and as i post i see it didnt ADD IT RIGHT :/ pic.twitter.com/68KbxarjRU

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It appears we have one of our first viral campaigns of the year: The 2020 Tip Challenge, encouraging consumers to leave their servers generous tips.

Can the $20 Bill Be Folded to Spell ‘Trump’?

You could no doubt fold the bill into several different words.

  • Published 17 December 2019

Claim

The $20 bill can be folded to spell the name “Trump.”

Rating

False

Origin

In December 2019, social media users shared a meme containing a picture that purported to demonstrate a $20 bill could be folded to spell the last name of U.S. President Donald Trump in a “hidden” message. The photograph is misleading for several reasons. For starters, the $20 bill doesn’t have lettering in the area where the bill is folded to spell out “Trump.” Instead, it appears that one or more $1 bills were folded inside the $20 to give the illusion: Because the letter “P” does not appear in the phrase “The United States of America” on the $1 bill, someone apparently used a marker to turn a “D” into a “P” in order to finish spelling “Trump” in the meme.

And finally, anything with lettering on it that can be folded can be used to create whatever “hidden messages” the letters allow.

We therefore rate this claim “False” because the picture in the meme is misleadingly manipulated to make it appear “Trump” can be spelled by folding a single $20 bill, thus it is not a “hidden message” embedded in currency that was in circulation well before Trump’s presidency.

You could no doubt fold the bill into several different words. ]]>