For a Phoenix waitress, Christmas came a few days early.
Pita Jungle employee Sarah Clark received a $900 tip on Dec. 17, reports KHOU. The 1,468 percent gratuity was on a $61.30 tab.
The extra cash comes at a very opportune time for Clark, considering that she is nine months pregnant and her fiance is scheduled to have surgery. On the receipt, the generous diner wrote: "This is God's money -- he gave it to us so we could give it to you. God Bless."
The waitress was understandably elated by the extraordinary gesture. "I couldn't have asked for anything more right now," she said. "It's going to help with bills, with rent, with being able to stay home and spend some more time with my baby."
Several other food service workers have been similarly blessed as of late.
Kari Anthony, a bartender at Quaker Steak and Lube in Grand Island, Nebraska, received a $1,000 tip from a trucker, as reported on the website Little Things. She used the money to take her kids to the Nebraska State Fair. “Normally, because of situations, I would have not been able to do that,” she explained. “But I was able to because of that gentleman. I am just extremely grateful.”
Another example of extravagant tipping involved Lauren Ball, a waitress at the Waffle House in Kingsport, Tennessee. She was given a tip of $600 on a bill of $24.49, as reported by Today.
That one tip, she said, was more than her whole weekly paycheck. "The fact that someone would do something so nice for me, it's just the craziest thing to me.” It took her breath away, she added, claiming the big-tippers to be angels -- not unlike the alleged divine source of Sarah Clark’s tip at the Pita Jungle.
The restaurant's owners noted their beginnings on the menu:
Back in 1994 we gave up engineering and broadcasting to open a restaurant where the food was fresh and healthy, and the people were fun and creative. Pita Jungle has been a dream come true, and we like to think that we creative something a little bit off the beaten path.