TMZ: Tyler Perry gave $21K tip to out-of-work Atlanta restaurant servers

ATLANTA -- A group of out-of-work servers at an Atlanta restaurant got the surprise of their life, thanks to a huge tip from Tyler Perry.

TMZ reported the TV and movie mogul went to Houston's Restaurant on Northside Parkway Sunday, April 5 and left a $500 tip for each of the restaurant's 42 servers.

Perry is a big fan of the chain and has been driving to the restaurant during the coronavirus pandemic pretty frequently to pick up some food, TMZ said.

In total, Perry tipped $21,000 -- a lifesaver for these out-of-work employees. The federal money for fired workers could be delayed -- in some cases up to 20 weeks, TMZ reported.

TMZ noted Perry is one of the most charitable guys in entertainment. He had a plane flown down to the Bahamas after it was devastated by Hurricane Dorian.