The man and the owner started chatting, and it came out that the restaurant owner’s young adult daughter lives in Vancouver and had just been diagnosed with cancer. If the family needs to get out to Vancouver on short notice, now they can.
“It certainly lightens the load for us,” the restauranteur told The Province. “You kind of think: ‘Why would someone do that for somebody they don’t even know?’”
The man who left the tip won a $25 million jackpot in late 2012, and got headlines for immediately donating $1 million to a marijuana legalization charity. Since then, he’s written similar generous checks to people and small businesses that he found deserving.