A waitress was surprised to discover a diner had left her a $3,000 tip at a New York restaurant.
The customer had been inspired to act after hearing from the server that she was about to be evicted from her apartment, ABC News reported.
The man, who only wanted to be identified as Mike, explained he took the decision to leave the tip in honor of a pay-it-forward movement known as “ReesSpechtLife” set up by his former middle school science teacher.
“I just had also been constantly thinking about for quite some time my teacher's project and this foundation, and I thought it was an appropriate time,” Mike said.
Ray Specht formed the foundation with his wife after their son, Rees, drowned in a 2012 accident. Its aim is to spread kindness in the world.
In that spirit, Mike wrote a note with the tip explaining there were three conditions to the waitress receiving the money, ReesSpechtLife reports:
- Go to ReesSpechtLife.com and learn!
- Don’t let pay it forward end with you.
- Since it’s about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don’t use either of our names.
Mike said the waitress had been serving him for almost a year.
“She really needed it and has been so happy since then, so I feel I did the right thing,” Mike said. “She said she was going to devote herself to the foundation and continue to pay it forward.”
Even though it had been around 10 years since Mike was taught by Specht, he remembered him.
“I met Mr. Specht in eighth grade -- I was his science student -- and he's an incredible human being. To see something so horrible happen to him ... it doesn't surprise me that he would start a foundation out of something so horrible that would just continue to keep good around and to keep wonderful things going,” added Mike. “It was heart-wrenching for me to see it happen. I had been trying to pay it forward and this was just a big opportunity for me to be able to honor someone that's so wonderful.”