Katy Perry has left a generous tip for an Aussie waitress who “made a fool” out of herself while serving the singer at a Port Douglas cafe.
The superstar is currently in Australia with her partner, Orlando Bloom, who is shooting a movie called Wizards! in Far North Queensland.
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Indianna Paull told Sunrise that Perry turned up at her work on Saturday while holding her one-year-old daughter, Daisy Dove.
The waitress, who didn’t recognise the Firework hitmaker at first because she was wearing a hat and sunglasses, told the star she would have to wait to be seated as there were no tables available.
“She handled it like any normal person would, I suppose. She was really nice the whole time and she handled it like a champ,” she said on Thursday.
“I think partly because I didn’t recognise her was the reason she was so just so relaxed and chill about it.”
Paull said Perry again approached her and asked for a table, so she begrudgingly sat the star in part of the café that is not normally used.
“I made a fool out of myself and said ‘for future reference, we don’t usually seat people in this table’.”
A thankful Perry responded by saying she’d be “extra kind”.
Paull said she only realised that she was serving one of the world’s biggest musicians when her manager alerted her to the superstar customer.
“I just went red and went limp at the knees,” she said.
“I probably didn’t need to, but I felt like a fool, so I went over to her table and apologised.
“I don’t know why, I just felt shocked that I had acted like she was a casual Joe Blow!
“In hindsight, I think the reason she wanted to get in so bad is because people were running around taking photos of her – I was so oblivious, running around like a headless chook, I had no idea.”
Paull said she “couldn’t believe how nice” Perry was and confirmed that the singer left a tip that was “much more than the usual $2 we get thrown in the bucket”.
“She asked for my name and had a conversation with me and as she left she walked through the café and gave me a hug and was just really nice to everyone.
“It was crazy.”
The waitress told David Koch and Natalie Barr that reports by other media outlets that she had an “argument” with Perry were untrue and that the story had been “blown up” out of all proportion.
Katy and Orlando Down Under
It comes after Perry and Bloom were photographed arriving at Sydney airport last week before heading north on a private jet.
They brought their daughter and Bloom’s 11-year-old son Flynn, whom he shares with ex Miranda Kerr, for the Aussie trip.
Bloom is expected to be join comedian Pete Davidson and other stars on the set of Wizards! over the coming months.
Announced earlier this year, local production of the new movie was secured via $3.6 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Location Incentive Program.
The Queensland Government also tipped in an additional $1.183 million from its Production Attraction Strategy.
The film will follow two beach-bar operators, played by Davidson and German actor Franz Rogowski, who get themselves into trouble when they stumble across stolen loot.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the production was a “coup” for the state, would inject around $14.7 million into the local economy and create around 100 jobs.
“Once again, our local film industry and picture-perfect locations have lured another valuable production with big budgets to spend in our regions.”