A Hawaiian waitress recently received a $400 tip and an offer to pay off her $10,000 student loan debt.
It was the first week of April, and Cayla Chandara was working her shift at Noi Thai Cuisine in Waikiki, Honolulu, reports the Daily Mail.
When an Australian couple paid their $200 bill, they shocked Chandara when they left her a $400 tip.
After moving from California to Hawaii to attend college, Chandara has been working two waitress jobs to make ends meet, reports KHON.
While dining, the anonymous couple asked Chandara about her life on the island, as she explained to the news station. "They asked me where I was from, and I told them I moved here for school but I was kind of in a little bit of debt and I couldn’t go back to school, because I couldn’t afford it and the cost of living here."
She was so grateful for the generous tip that she went to the hotel where they were staying to thank them and give them flowers. That's when they offered to help with her student loans and debt.
"I was like, 'No way, you don’t have to do that for me. I just wanted to say thank you,'" she explained. "I still don’t feel like it’s real. I want to run around in the streets. I want to make them proud. I will take this opportunity with an open heart and be a better person that I can be every day."
Chandara's good fortune wasn't the only recent case of extravagant tipping.
On Dec. 17, 2016, waitress Sarah Clark received a $900 tip while working at the Pita Jungle in Phoenix, as reported by KHOU. The 1,468 percent gratuity was on a tab of $61.30. 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."
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.
Another example of big tipping involved Lauren Ball, a waitress at the Waffle House in Kingsport, Tennessee. She was left gratuity 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.”