A waitress from a small town in Michigan was given a happy start to the new year after receiving a tip of $2,020 on a meal only costing $23.
Danielle Franzoni, from Alpena in Michigan, got the generous tip on Sunday while on shift at the Thunder Bay River Restaurant.
She told The Alpena News: “Things like this don’t happen to people like me.”When she took the credit card receipt after the customer had paid, she saw the amount, with a message saying: “Happy New Year. 2020 Tip Challenge”.
The 31-year-old single mother said she could not believe the number on the receipt, and had to be assured by the manager that the tip was real – which was almost 88 times what the customer paid for the meal.
Ms Franzoni wants to use the cash to reinstate her driving licence and build a savings pot – a year on from living in a homeless shelter.
She added: “They don’t know nothing about my story. They don’t know where I’ve come from. They don’t know how hard it’s been. They’re really just doing this out of the kindness of their heart.”
Not wanting to break the chain, she said she later went to another restaurant and left a tip of $20.20 (£15.23) saying: “That was my pay-it-forward. I couldn’t do the other one.”
Tipping, though not compulsory, is customary in the US, with many service workers relying heavily on the extra cash to make ends meet, with 15% generally being seen as the standard rate when adding a gratuity onto a meal.