Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
A waitress’ life has been transformed after a generous left her a USD-810 tip on top of a USD-48.17 bill for some sandwiches.
Mum-of-two Jennifer Vernancio of North Providence was working at The Big Cheese & Pub in Cranston, Rhode Island, USA, where she has been a waitress for over three years, when a man and a woman came in on Wednesday, 4th May.
The pair ordered sandwiches, ate up, paid up, and left.
Jennifer said that as they were leaving: “The gentleman looked over his shoulder and said to have a nice day. I said ‘you too’.
“I go over to pick up the check, I don’t even know. They left me an 810-dollar tip. I’m like, are you kidding? This can’t be.
“I brought it to my manager and at first I’m like ‘this can’t be’.”
Jennifer was so shocked at the size of the tip that she told her manager Kim Tierney that she was “going to pass out”.
The waitress also revealed that her son had a hand in her lucky break. She said: “I was having a terrible morning. I couldn’t find a sitter.
“There was a kid at day care that was sick so I couldn’t bring my son. I was supposed to be in at 11.
“They told me to come in when I have a sitter, so my daughter was available after school. That’s when I came in.”
Jennifer said the “super, super nice gentleman and his wife” were her “first table of the day”.
She added: “Stressful morning ended up being an awesome day.”
Jennifer has worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years and says she has never received anything close to the amount she was given that Wednesday.
She said she did not learn the couple’s names but says she will never forget their gesture of kindness.
She revealed that she used the cash to gift her daughter a new pair of shoes and her son a toy police truck, as well as to pay off some bills.
She said: “To the gentleman and his wife that left that generous tip, I just want to say thank you so much. It meant a lot.
“The money is very much appreciated. It helps out no matter what. However, the kindness behind it and making my day from going a little hectic to that kind of a tip made me smile the rest of the day.”
The Big Cheese & Pub also took to social media to write: “Grateful.
“Angels wander among us and for that we are grateful. Thank you to long time patron for their generosity!”