Beloved Taco Bell employee given $6G tip by Florida community


A Taco Bell employee in Florida was brought to tears when he was given a massive tip this week. 

Joe DeCicco, 70, has been working at a Taco Bell in South Daytona, Fla., for the last 20 years, according to local TV station WESH 2.

On Friday, DeCicco — known in the drive-thru as “Taco Bell Joe” — received a $6,095 check from a local group.

After receiving the check, DeCicco teared up, according to video captured by WESH 2.

“God bless you,” he says in the clip. “I am overwhelmed.”

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Tricia Phillippi started the local “Foodie Group” on Facebook earlier this year to help support local restaurants during the pandemic. 

The group recently decided to honor a favorite local employee, Phillippi told DeCicco in a video that she posted on Facebook Saturday. 

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According to Phillippi, DeCicco was the first person to be nominated and he eventually “won by a landslide,” she says in the clip.

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Originally, the prize was supposed to be only $50, but when Phillippi opened it up to donations, the gift for DeCicco reached $6,095. 

A Taco Bell employee in South Daytona, Florida, received a $6,095 tip from a local community group on Friday. (iStock)

A Taco Bell employee in South Daytona, Florida, received a $6,095 tip from a local community group on Friday. (iStock)

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“I’m going to do my best to live up to it and light a little candle in every heart of every person that I meet,” DeCicco told WESH 2. 

“It’s my customers that I owe this to, they bring out the best in me,” he added. “It’s them. I couldn’t do it without their help.”



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