Cohen made most of his money in tips. People left him small change, including quarters. While he could have run to the bank each day, he thought it was unnecessary. All he wanted was to take his friends out for a meal but was shocked at what happened.
The Online Grievance
Once Cohen collected enough coins for a meal and tip, he decided to invite his friends. However, the story went viral for the way he paid. Cohen actually stumbled on the online post by chance when the waitress complained and showed a photo of the quarters he used to pay for lunch.