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Social media expressed disappointment with a New Hampshire restaurant owner after a customer left a $16,000 tip for a bartender and told him not to "spend it all in one place."

The customer who dined at the the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill a few weekends ago, left a $16,000 tip on a $37 bar tab.

But the bartender was forced to share the generous tip with his co-workers.

Owner Michael Zarella said the tip was split between eight bartenders who worked all shifts on June 12.

Social media users say the owner didn't have the right to split the tip among the other bartenders.

By law, a restaurant owner can't take or misappropriate an employee's tip and split it among other employees.

Zarella said he has spoken with the customer, and he confirmed "it was his intention" to leave the money for his employees.

The customer reportedly confirmed the large tip was not a mistake or typo.

"He wanted them to have it," Zarella said.