New York Waitress Receives $3,000 Tip


A diner who left a $3,000 tip for a New York waitress so she wouldn’t be evicted said he was inspired by a tragic event that befell his former teacher. UPI reports:

The diner, who asked only to be identified as Mike, left the nearly 6,800 percent tip on his $43.50 tab for the waitress who had frequently served him at the Times Square restaurant, which also did not want to be identified. “This woman had been serving us for almost a year now. She’s a lovely individual, and she talked about how she was served an eviction notice last month,” Mike told ABC News. “I just had also been constantly thinking about for quite some time my teacher’s project and this foundation, and I thought it was an appropriate time.”

Mike left a note for the waitress explaining he was inspired by a former teacher’s tragedy.
The note read:

“Thank you for your kindness and humility.  My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago which has sparked me to do this.  My only requirements are:1.) Go to and learn!

2.) Don’t let “Pay it forward” end with you.

3.) Since it’s about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don’t use either or our names!

Thank you for being around for all of my shows on and off Broadway.  I hope that someday someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do.”