Picture this: You work in a small town diner making LESS THAN minimum wage. Divorced and dreaming of visiting Itally, the place where your family came from, but where you’ve never been. Except there’s no way that you know of to ever do it.
Then one day you engage in a casual conversation about your life with a customer. A stranger. He finishes his meal and leaves the restaurant. When you go to pick up his bill you see this:
Yup, he left her a one-thousand dollar tip, AKA a ticket to Italy!
Here’s one waitress’s incredible story of exactly that right from her Tumblr blog:
“SO MY MOM AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING THE SAME WAITRESS JOB FOR 5-6 YEARS NOW. SHE HAD BEEN WAITRESSING YEARS BEFORE, BUT THIS IS RECENTLY. ANYWAY, ABOUT… 15 MINUTES AGO THIS GUY SHE WAITED ON LEFT AND TOLD HER TO TAKE CARE. JUST THAT. PRIOR TO THIS SHE HAD TALKED TO HIM ABOUT ITALY. HER PEOPLE ARE FROM FLORENCE, THIS AND THAT, AND SHE SAID SHE’S NEVER BEEN. SHE’S GOT 8 YEARS OF ART EDUCATION AND SHE’S WORKING A WAITRESS JOB. IT’S PRETTY… SAD AND DISAPPOINTING, I GUESS. HER AND MY FATHER DIVORCED 6 YEARS AGO AND SHE HASN’T HAD A REAL JOB EVER. JUST BEEN STUCK IN A SMALL TOWN SHE’S NOT FROM.
THIS MAN WHO WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE TIPPED HER 1000 DOLLARS FOR A TRIP TO ITALY. WALKED OUT, NOT ANOTHER WORD.
…YOU KNOW. JUST WHEN I START TO LOSE FAITH IN HUMANITY”