A New Jersey woman was tipped a large amount of money after a random customer decided they wanted to pay it forward.
Christina Summitt, a bartender at the 111 Bar at the Holiday Inn in Clinton, New Jersey, says she struck up a conversation with a couple about her rescue dog Tucker. Summitt says she casually mentioned to the couple that Tucker swallowed a plastic ball and needed life-saving surgery, and when asked how much it would cost, Summitt told them it would be around $2,700. Summitt did make it clear, however, that she was working three jobs in addition to her husband’s income while trying to raise three kids, so she vowed to do whatever it took to save the dog’s life.
After the couple was done eating and drinking, they asked for the check so they could close out their tab. The man filled out the receipt and gave it back to Summitt, who immediately noticed a $1,000 tip. Right away, Summitt says she started shaking and crying and went over to ask her sister, who bartends with her, if she was reading it correctly.
“Shock. Complete shock,” Summitt said. “I started shaking, I couldn’t breathe. How could there be three zeroes on there?”
“I went back over and said ‘Sir, I cannot accept this, what is this for, why would you do this?’” said Summitt. It was then that the customer revealed that they wanted her to use the money towards Tucker’s surgery. “I just stood there in shock. I walked around and hugged this couple. They said, ‘We’ll be praying for Tucker.’”
Summitt’s manager called the man later on to confirm that his gesture was legitimate and learned that this isn’t the first time he has tipped generously.
“Apparently this man does this quite frequently,” said hotel manager Michelle Satanik. “Just a really nice guy and humanitarian. I have never ever seen a $1,000 tip like that.”
Tucker is now recovering from surgery, and Summitt says she is beyond grateful for what the generous couple did for her and her family.
“I would also love nothing more than to publicly thank this couple in front of the world,” said Summitt. “I’ve never seen a random act give so many people so much hope.”