Waiting staff are constantly forced to deal with unruly or unpleasant customers, but sometimes one comes along to restore their faith in humanity.
This is what happened at a restaurant in Florida, when a generous stranger thanked workers by leaving them a decidedly heft tip.
The team at the Wahoo Seafood Grill were left “blown away” by the man’s jaw-dropping act of kindness, which saw him dish out $1,000 (around £730), to each of its ten members.
Posting a photo of the receipt on Facebook, the restaurant showed that the man’s meal cost $144 (around £105), and yet he chose to add a gratuity of $10,000 (£740).
In a caption to the post they wrote: “On Tuesday night, a customer asked our entire restaurant staff to come to the dining area. He thanked them for showing up and working hard.
“Then something incredible happened. He told them he was giving them $1,000 each.
“Our staff couldn’t believe it.”
The caption went on to quote the restaurant’s owner, Shawn Shepherd, who said: “I’m not usually an emotional guy, but this really got me. I’m blown away. We’re ALL blown away by his generosity.
“The last year and a half hasn’t been easy on this industry. We’re hurting and we’re exhausted, but this incredible act of kindness has restored our faith in humanity.”
Ending the statement, Wahoo added: “Our whole staff would like to thank this generous customer from the bottom of our hearts. We are all going to pay it forward in our own ways. Even the smallest acts of kindness can have a giant ripple effect.
“We’re just a local, veteran-owned seafood restaurant doing our best to weather this storm — and this is truly the last thing we expected to happen on a regular Tuesday night.
“By sharing this, we hope you feel inspired to do something nice for someone today. Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”
In an interview with Newsweek, Shepherd said the customer, who has chosen to remain anonymous, wanted to give each of the ten employees working that evening a token of his admiration for “all they’ve been through”.
The restaurateur explained that the gesture had meant a lot to each of the workers, but particularly to one who has a child in hospital with multiple sclerosis and “needs a lot of attention”.
He told the news site: “The server had to take more time off than usual, but by the grace of God, the man showed up.”