A waitress in Connecticut was left speechless by a customer's random act of generosity.
Keri Carlson is a single mother of two who waits tables at GW Carson's Burger Bar in Branford. She was walking a couple to their table on April 10 when the man noticed she was having difficulty hearing him.
"It wasn’t even my table, and on the way over he noticed that I was wearing one hearing aid, and I kept asking him to repeat himself, and he asked if it would help if I had two," Carlson told Guilford Atticus.
She explained to the customer that she usually wears two hearing aids but that one of them was broken. She sat the couple down at their table and walked away, but minutes later the man approached her.
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"He came into the back and called me over and said, 'I want to give you something, but I’m not going to take no for an answer,'" she recalled. "I was shaking, and said no, and he said, 'No, I know you're a good person, I know you work hard, and I want to give this to you. Here is $500 and I’m not going to take no for an answer.'"
Carlson, who is raising her 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son by herself, was overcome with emotion.
"I cried for a minute in his arms," she told WTNH. "I cried in his wife's arms."
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"I was in shock. I’m still in shock," she added. "It’s not something that happens every day."
The customer left a business card at the restaurant but told Carlson he wanted to remain anonymous. She respected his wish, but she made sure to contact him when she got her hearing aid fixed.
"I want to thank you from the bottom of my humble heart for giving me such a gift," she said.
The owner of GW Carson's, Jim Kirtopoulos, said if anyone deserves such a gift, it's Carlson.
"It really was an amazing act by one of our customers," he told Guilford Atticus. "And it could not happen to anyone more deserving. She works hard, volunteers to help others, and is a joy to have at Carson’s."
Inspired by the customer's generosity, Kirtopoulos has decided to donate some of the money from the restaurant's T-shirt sales to the American Society for Deaf Children.
Carlson was moved by her boss's gesture.
"Thank you, thank you very much," she said.