I’ve been a restaurant server for many years. It was my first job when I turned 16 and it ended up being my longest running gig. Serving tables is what put me through college and what helped me support my son. Of course, it wasn’t always easy. At times, it was the hardest gig imaginable. I’ve been disrespected, I’ve been yelled at, and I’ve cried. Despite all that, I’ve looked forward to coming to work. That’s because everyone once and a while I would meet a wonderful customer. I would meet someone that not only would tip me nicely but would also show me respect. That’s why whenever I see stories about customers giving huge tips to deserving waiters, it makes me smile. I know just how hard it is and I know just how much an unexpected blessing can turn someones life around.
Recently, I read a story on Huffington Post which brought me to tears. A waitress was left a generous $1,200 tip. The single mom who received the tip was brought to tears as well. She did something amazing with the money and took her children on a shopping spree for Christmas. I can just picture the joy that those kids felt. It was amazing that she didn’t even think to spend the money on herself. She selflessly wanted to give her children a Christmas to remember. That’s when you know that the money was given to the right person. The waitress almost took the day off, as well! It’s amazing to think just how quickly someones fate can change just by one small decision.
She wasn’t the only one that received a tip like that. It actually happens every now and then. According to Detroit Newsanother lucky lady received a big tip. This time hers was %3,000. She plans on using the money to pay off debt. I’d like to think that karma does exist and these big tips find their way to deserving waitresses. All too often we hear about the bad that happens in the world. That’s why even though it’s something as simple as a tip, it still makes a big difference.
Many waiters and waitresses depend solely on tips. Although some people realize this, unfortunately the majority does not. That’s why one big tip can make up for not receiving any. It’s heartwarming that someone goes out of their way to do something that they didn’t need too. They simply want to make a difference in someone else’s lives. The only payment they need is seeing the joy spread across their servers face. Often, these people who make the donation wish to remain anonymous because they don’t do it for the recognition. It’s amazing.