Waitress Khadijah Muhammad was shocked when she discovered the tip someone left her on a $29.30 bill.
"I just remember seeing a comma after the one and knew it wasn't $10. And I was like, 'Oh, my God!'” Muhammad said. “And I just lost my balance and I was like, 'Does this say a thousand dollars?' I could not believe it."
The tip was for $1,075.
Muhammad works at Cheddar's in Knoxville, TN and the 3,669% tip could not have come at a better time for the struggling waitress.
Recently, Muhammad had to take multiple days off after her mother suffered a heart attack in Ohio. Her mother is doing fine, but Muhammad returned home from Ohio to a pile of unpaid bills, the Huffington Post reports.
The Knoxville Utilities Board left a sign on her doorknob, warning her that the electricity would be turned off if she did not pay her bill by January 23, reports the NY Daily News.
“I was thinking I'm really going to need a miracle to pay my bills this month," Muhammad said.
The miracle she needed came in the form of one very generous family.
But she originally thought they had stiffed her.
"Normally as a server, when a receipt is turned upside down it means you did not get a good tip or any tip. Or people will leave a nasty note about how you messed something up with their service,” Muhammad said. “I remember thinking, 'I wonder what I did wrong.' Then I picked it up and I just was in shock."
The family wrote on the back on the receipt, “Jesus has blessed us and we were led to give it to you. God bless!”
The family has requested to remain anonymous but they did speak with WBIR.
“When we walked into Cheddar’s we had no idea that we were going to do that,” the family told WBIR. “God put it on my heart after your amazing service.”
Muhammad is now determined to pay it forward.
"I hope and pray that someday I'm able to do this for somebody. And at the first opportunity I will do it," Muhammad said.