A Denver hairstylist was left in tears after a random customer tipped her $2,500 before leaving another $3,300 for salon staff who were just returning to work after closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Illsia Novotny was not even scheduled to work on Saturday at Floyd’s 99 barbershop at the University of Denver but welcomed the walk-in customer who had just come at the end of a busy day.
The man, who had just moved to Denver from Chicago, chatted with the stylist about their love for the Chicago Cubs.
And as the stylist continued cutting the man’s hair, the two talked about how difficult the last two months had been.
‘Just so you know,’ the man told the woman as he exited the store, the Denver Post reports. ‘It’s not a mistake.’
Novotny was confused by what the man meant before her coworkers rushed over and informed her that the stranger had left a $2,500 tip.
‘I cried,’ Novotny said. ‘I’m a single mother. It’s been rough the last few months not knowing what’s going to happen, not knowing when we might reopen so I could go back to work.’
In addition to the large tip, the anonymous client also left $500 for the receptionist and another $1000 for the general manager. The man also left another $1,800 for employees – with the 18 staff members all walking away with $100.
The 32-year-old used her tip to pay her June’s rent in advance, a different practice from the last two months when the mother had to work out an arrangement with her landlord and utility company.
‘My son was like, ‘If you don’t have a job, how are we gonna pay bills?’ ‘ she said.
Over the last two months, Novotny has had clients send her sporadic Venmo payments as a show of support. Her appointment schedule has been packed since the store reopened.
‘Coming back and having clients, even people you don’t know, show so much love, it felt great,’ Novotny added.
Earlier this month in Texas, a customer left a $1,300 tip at Frog & The Bull after ordering Frog & The Bull ordering filet mignon, scallops, grilled steak and other items that brought his check to $337.
In addition to paying the large sum, the patron also doubled the amount he paid for his check – meaning he paid $674 plus tax before even leaving the tip.
Last month, Tyler Perry left a $500 tip for each of the 42 out-of-work servers employed at the West Paces location of Houston’s while picking up a to-go order, according to TMZ.
Perry’s $21K tip served as a bit of a cushion for the struggling workers.