This waiter was surprised with a $500 tip after he helped cheer up an elderly woman in the grocery store the day before.
Waiting tables is usually a thankless job, but a random act of kindness conducted outside of the workplace earned this server an incredible tip of $500. CNN reports that 32-year-old Kasey Simmons was in the grocery store when he noticed a sad, despondent woman.
The elderly lady seemed miserable, so Simmons decided to strike up some conversation with her and try to make her smile. His ingenious idea was to pay for her groceries, which cost $17 – and the gracious act of kindness worked! Both left with smiles on their faces.
The activist says:
“It was only $17, but it’s not about the money. It’s about showing someone you care.”
The next day, Simmons was surprised in incredible fashion by the woman’s daughter, who reportedly tracked down his information and learned that he works as a waiter at an Applebee’s.
She ordered the cheapest thing on the menu, flavored water, which cost a total of $0.37. Then, she left a $500 tip for cheering up her mom.
The note on the napkin the kind diner left reads:
“On one of the most depressing days of the year, you made my mother’s day wonderful. You insisted on paying. Told her she is a very beautiful woman. I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died.”
Many people passed by the elderly woman in the checkout line because they couldn’t be bothered by her despondent attitude or her grief. Fortunately, Simmons felt inspired to reach out and made her day – if not her week. And, he was rewarded handsomely for his compassion even though he expected nothing in return.
Good people do exist on this planet, and random acts of kindness are being carried out every day.
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