A Texas waiter said he was moved to tears after his customers came together to leave him a much-needed $700 tip.
Jon Reed has been a server at Chuy’s restaurant in Plano for five years, KDFW reported. His customers know him by name and he knows them.
“We say, ‘Is Jon going to be here? Who's here? Who can we eat with? Who's going to give us the best service?’” customer Linda Lowden told KDFW. “He knows our order. We don't even have to tell him.”
But recently, four of his regular customers noticed Reed seemed distracted. He told them he was stressed out because he was falling behind on rent that was due the next day.
“They were like, ‘You look really tired man,’” Reed recalled. “I was like, ‘Well I've been working a lot.’ They were like, ‘Well how far behind are you?’ I was like, ‘Pretty far.’ And that's kind of the extent of the conversation I wanted to go through with them.”
The customers decided to do something. They pulled Reed’s manager to the side and left a $700 tip on their $40 tab.
“Of all the years I've been in the business, this would probably be the top neatest thing I've seen in the business,” manager Wendy Smith told the news station.
Reed said he was overwhelmed by the gesture and all of his stress melted away.
“I literally went to the table and picked up the credit card receipt. And looked at it and literally dropped it and was shocked,” Reed explained, reports Mad World News. “I just had a big smile, kind of teared up, watered up a little bit.”
“Words don't give meaning to how I felt. Overwhelmed with emotion,” Reed added. “When you get that shocking act of kindness, it's beautiful. I think that's what life's all about.”
Reed said he used some of the money to buy his co-workers a round of energy drinks to help them get through their shifts.