A Utah waiter was stunned when he received a 100 percent tip on a bill but then he remembered something he did a few days earlier that made the whole thing make complete sense.
Deric Wortham took to Facebook to share his remarkable story, posting a photo of a $49.92 bill he gave to a customer, with a $50.08 tip included.
"A couple of days ago I was standing in line at the bank," Wortham wrote in the March 6 Facebook post. "A young girl (college age) was behind me with a Mason jar 1/3 filled with coins. I commented to her that she was supposed to wait until it was completely filled before cashing it in. She said that she didn't have any money in her account and that she had to cash it in now (it probably totaled $5.00).
"I remembered being a poor college student myself 30 years ago at BYU. So, when I got to the teller, I told her to withdraw $50 from my account and when the girl came up for her transaction, to see to it that my $50 was deposited into her account with her coins. The teller asked me, 'Why? Do you know her?'. I replied that I did not but that it seemed to me she needed the money more than I did and I was just 'Paying It Forward'. The teller told me that was one of the nicest things she had ever seen.
"I left feeling good. And, I secretly asked my Heavenly Father to bless both the young lady and myself because I have bills too."
Wortham then explained the situation he found himself in just a few days later while working at Cliffside Restaurant in St. George, Utah.
"Tonight, at the end of my work week, my last customer was the answer to my silent prayer," he wrote. "Their dinner check was only $49 but they tipped me $50...the same amount that I had given to the young lady earlier this week!
"They tipped me not the usual 18% - 20% but a full 100%! Someone 'paid it forward' back to me! Karma! I felt blessed! Remember, 'Paying it forward' will eventually come back to you!"
Wortham's post quickly went viral, garnering over 2,000 shares in four days.
In a similar incident, a Chicago cocktail waitress was given an $11,000 tip from a wealthy customer, ABC News reported.