There must be something in the water lately and if there is, we need to get ourselves a big ol’ glass of it: Just last week a customer left a $446 tip on a $6 Steak ‘N Shake bill, and now another generous patron has splashed out with a $1,000 tip on a $60 restaurant tab so the waitress can finally go on that trip to Italy she’s been hoping for.
The woman’s daughter explains on her Tumblr how this all came to pass, posting evidence of the hefty tip. Next to the $1,000 the customer wrote: “Your ticket to Italy. Enjoy!!” All of this, apparently from a casual conversation the waitress had with her customer. Service with a smile goes a long way, it seems.
The daughter writes (we’ve changed the format from all caps for easier reading) that she and her mother have both been working as waitresses for about 5-6 years:
Anyway, about… 15 minutes ao this guy she waited on left and told her to take care. Just that. Prior to this she had talked to him about Italy. Her people are from Florence, this and that, and she said she’s never been. She’s got 8 years of art education and she’s working a waitress job. It’s pretty… sad and disappointing, I guess. Her and my father divorced 6 years ago and she hasn’t had a real job ever. Just been stuck in a small town she’s not from.
This man who we have never seen before tipped her 1000 dollars for a trip to Italy. Walked out, not another word.
… You know. Just when I start to lose faith in humanity… Hm.”
Hmm indeed. This could be a runner-up to the biggest tip we’ve heard of from a year ago, when a waiter lucked out with a $5,000 tip on a $26.95 bill.
Just keep trying to outdo yourselves, you generous folks out there. I wouldn’t mind someone paying off my student loan debts, if there’s money that needs to be tossed around. Just sayin’.