Shaquille O’Neil isn’t just an iconic basketball player – he is also an extraordinarily generous tipper.

The 45-year-old retired player appeared on Jimmy Kimmel last week to discuss the unveiling of his new statue outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California when he mentioned his habit of leaving hefty gratuities for his servers and valets.

On average, the player tips his valet $300 “to show his appreciation” – if he isn’t carrying cash when he is passing his valet, he “just keeps driving”. But Shaq says that the largest gratuity that he has ever left for a worker was a $4,000 tip that he gave to a waitress.

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Why the specific amount? Because he asked each and every server at the restaurant what they would like to receive as a tip.

When a woman asked for $4,000, Shaq happily granted her wish.

“I said ‘okay, no problem’,” Shaq told Kimmel during last week’s show. “It was a young lady. She started crying and saying ‘oh my god, you just paid my rent for two months’.”

Though Kimmel was aghast at the compassionate gesture, Shaq simply said that he wouldn’t go out if he couldn’t tip his workers properly.

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