Christmas came early for an extremely pregnant Arizona waitress in the form of a $900 tip from a couple who told her it was “God’s money.”
As the Independent reports, Sarah Clark serves and tends bar at the Pita Jungle in Phoenix.
A little Hummus, Organic Harvest Hot Sauce & a Moscow Mule at Pita Jungle!! YUMMY!! pic.twitter.com/xFxq6MhISP
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Like a lot of people in the food service industry, Clark struggles to get by. But as Christmas approaches, she was particularly feeling the pinch of tight finances. She’s nine months pregnant, with a baby due any minute. Making matters worse, her fiance is due for surgery soon and will be out of work for a while, meaning money is going to be extra tight for the next few months.
Fortunately this week, things changed in a dramatic way for the pregnant waitress. Call it fate. Call it God. Call it The Universe. Whatever it was, something brought two people into Clark’s life when she needed them the most. The two diners finished their meal, then got the bill for $61.30. A standard 20 percent tip would have brought that to $73.56, but these two anonymous diners took their tipping to another level: they left her a $900 tip. (In case math is your thing, that’s a 1,468 percent tip.)
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The diners, who asked not to be identified, wrote on the receipt that they were just paying it forward.
“This is God’s money – he gave it to us so we could give it to you. God bless.”
Sarah said it took a while for the reality of the huge tip to set in.
“I couldn’t believe what I was looking at first because it was such a high amount – $900 is a lot of money. And it took a while for it to set in, and once it did, I cried for a little while.”
Of course, Sarah Clark isn’t the first server to receive a giant tip. In fact, it happens pretty regularly.
In 2012, according to Little Things, a Times Square waitress got a $3,000 tip from a diner. But it came with some conditions: you see, the diner had recently heard about the death of a 22-month-old child, Rees Specht. His father, a science teacher, started the ReesSpecht Life Memorial Scholarship, which, among other things, encourages donors to commit random acts of kindness. The diner, who had been a student of Rees’ dad, felt compelled to pay it forward, so one day in Times Square he decided he knew just what to do. He gave the $3,000 tip, and told the server to do three things.
1.) Go to ReesSpechtLife.com and learn!
2.) Don’t let “Pay it forward” end with you.
3.) Since it’s about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don’t use either or our names!
But a $3,000 tip is nothing compared to what Chicago waitress Colleen Gallagher got from a wealthy businessman. According to ABC News, Gallagher and the wealthy customer struck up a conversation, and Gallagher told John Boc all about the difficulties she’d been having, making ends meet and finding affordable housing. After running up a $60 tab, Boc tipped Gallagher $1,000 — but he wasn’t done. He pulled out a wad of credit cards and, fanning them out like a magician does with playing cards, told Gallagher to “pick a card, any card.”
“I reached in and picked one. It was a platinum Visa and he said, ‘take that card and go give yourself $10,000. … Life’s too short to be feeling blue.”
In case you’re keeping score, that’s an $11,000 tip on a $60 bill.
Back in Phoenix, Sarah Clark says she’s heard about giant tips before, but never thought it would happen to her.
“You always hear about these things happening, but you never expect to be the recipient of it.”
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