A waitress in Raleigh, North Carolina received a $1000 tip from a generous customer during a “graveyard” shift in a local waffle house.
Shaina Brown, 26, works two part-time jobs to care for her three young children while attending classes in hopes of eventually becoming an English teacher. During a shift at 3:30 in the morning on Mother’s Day, Brown received a $1000 tip from a customer for “exceptional service”.
The customer told her he was going to “bless” her before leaving the generous tip.
“He was just trying to show that there are still good people out there,” Brown told FoxNews.com.
Much to her disappointment, the Waffle House has a policy against large tips on credit cards to avoid the possibility of fund disputes with customers. The general procedure requires the customer to give the tip in either cash or cheque.
Without any means of contacting her benefactor, Brown was out of luck.
“A lot of servers wait for that day when you get a tip like that, and when I didn’t get it, it was very humiliating and heartbreaking,” she said.
A local reporter from The Charlotte Observer picked up on her story and tracked down the local businessman responsible for the tip, who issued a personal cheque for her.
The young waitress said the man, a local restaurant owner who asked to stay anonymous, appreciated good customer service and the hard work that servers like her put in everyday.
“He knows good service when he sees it,” she said. – Rassa Mohammad
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