A Kingsport, Tennessee, waitress was shocked when she learned that a patron had left her a $600 tip on Oct. 15.
Lauren Ball said she getting ready to go on vacation to Florida with her father when she received the generous tip, the Kingsport Times-News reported.
She had reportedly just paid for her 2-year-old son’s birthday party and decided to work one more shift at the Waffle House on Stone Drive to put some extra money in her pocket before the trip.
Ball said she knew she would be lucky to make even $30. Still, she did her job and started making jokes with one of her tables about Harry Potter.
Ball stepped outside to have a cigarette, where one of her customers joined her and told her that his friend was going to leave her a $200 or $300 tip. Ball didn’t believe him.
The generous tipper came out and showed his friend a picture of the bill. The cook also came out and asked the man if the tip was real. The man said that it was.
Ball went back inside to see what all the commotion was about, and she saw that the man had left her a $600 tip.
“It took my breath away,” Ball told the Kingsport Times-News. “It made me sick to my stomach, but in a good way.”
Ball reportedly ran outside to thank the man with tears running down her face. She asked him why he would do something like that for a complete stranger. The man simply told her he liked to do nice things for people.
“I told him he was an angel,” Ball said.
She shared a photo of the bill on Facebook and captioned it "proof that angels are walking amongst us."