Three waitresses received the shock of a lifetime by getting far more than a 20 percent tip. An anonymous customer handed three Illinois waitresses a $5,000 tip, two of whom weren’t even serving her table. Amber Kariolich, Amy Sabani and Sarah Seckinger had been discussing paying bills and financial hardships with each other while working at Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Ill., and it appears that the woman overheard their conversation.
She went up to the three waitresses with checks and said he hoped it would give them a new beginning. “I want you girls to take these to help with school and everything else in life,” she said. “Yes, you can take it. You put that in your pocket. God sent me here to help you.”
The three women broke down in tears and later told reporters what they planned to do with the money. Two of them plan to use the generous donation to help with going back to school, while one of the women said she planned to use the money to help facilitate spending more quality time with her son.
However, this isn’t the only other extremely generous donation a waitress has received in recent months. Waitress Khadijah Muhammad, who regularly volunteers to help the homeless despite her own financial hardships, broke down in tears after receiving a $1,075 tip on top of a $29 bill. And after New Hampshire waitress Sarah Hoidahl comped the meal of two soldiers during the government shutdown, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres invited her onto the program to give her a new car and $10,000 in cash.