The US hospitality industry has of late been the source of several pieces of disheartening news. However, here is one that should light things up a bit. An Oklahoma waitress received — on two different occasions — tips totalling $2,000 from a truck driver!
The news is indeed very heartening, especially because it comes follows a slew of racist incidents at eateries across the US.
This one seems right up the league of when a cafe manager refused to serve a man because he was being racist. The man had targeted a burqa-clad Muslim woman at the cafe, asking things like “Is this Halloween or something?”
The tips that surprised an Oklahoma waitress
It was Mother’s Day, and single mother Brenda Pearson was working as a waitress at the 4 Star Diner in Roland, Oklahoma.
Truck driver David Platt came in and ordered a cheeseburger. He and Brenda talked for a bit as the burger was made and served.
“We talked about the Lord and about her life and her children. I got the impression that she was having a hard time of it, so I thought I’d just help her out a little bit,” David was quoted by 5 News KFSM as saying.
Then, when it came time to pay, David left a $1,000 tip! “I said what? Are you serious? He said yes. I couldn’t believe it. I could hardly breathe. It took my breath away,” Brenda said.
But that was not all. David came back an hour later and ordered some pie. This time he left another $1,000 tip!
Brenda said of the gesture: “I have two children at home. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for a couple of years. It will help us get caught up on the move and it was just God-sent.”
‘It’s an investment’
David had an interesting way of looking at how he had made a single mother’s day on Mother’s Day.
“Money is just paper or numbers on a screen. Self gratification only goes so far,” he said of the tip that another customer called “amazing.”
David added: “So, when you’re helping another person, you`re adding something to the world. It’s an investment and people, people are what’s important.”
Watch the 5 News KFSM coverage of the incident here: