Let's not lie to ourselves, 2017 has been a particularly nasty year. If we thought that 2016 was terrible, then 2017 has been its bigger, more p***ed off brother. Let's hope that the new year is a little better at least.
But, we luckily have some news to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling you want on these cold, dark, festive nights, even if only for a fleeting moment. In the past few days, Americans have really been getting into the holiday spirit, as have their neighbors from across the pond.
Restaurant goers have been leaving servers generous tips and heartfelt messages of thanks, as opposed to using gratuity as a way to bash hard working individuals who might have different politics. A truly dynamic shift in how the world works.
At a diner near Seattle this weekend, a regular customer left a tip that mathematically works out to about 7,600 percent. Dwayne Clark, a local businessman and a regular eater at Brief Encounter for around eight years, was feeling in a particularly giving mood on his most recent trip to the establishment.
Dwayne left the restaurant's 12-person staff $3,000 on his $39 meal. He also scribbled a note on the back of the receipt that read, “You guys do a great job! When I was 7, I washed dishes and my mom cooked in a diner like this, we were dirt poor and didn’t have money for Christmas. Hopefully, this will help all of you have a better Christmas.”
Meanwhile, in Michigan, a guy at a Kalamazoo restaurant gave a server an envelope in which he and nine friends had each stuffed $1000. He claims his group asked for the “orneriest waitress you have," which the Theo & Stacy's host apparently refused to do.
She gave them Mary Lively, a 24-year veteran employee that they quickly deemed "kind" and the "right person for this". Mary was presented with the $1,000 envelope - the "biggest tip" of her life - at the conclusion of their $70 meal, and she says it'll go toward her car payment and gift buying this Christmas season.
The guys picked that restaurant because they said it's “always doing wonderful things for the community." Things like feeding the homeless at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Due to the work by the restaurant, the men said that they simply thought: “why not do something for their staff.”
Over in Ellsworth, Maine, single mom, Trisha Murphy also received a Christmas miracle. Murphy is a Denny's waitress who works 50 to 60 hour weeks on top of 18 hours of nursing school each week. As well as this, the mother has to look after her four kids aged 6, 9, 11, and 13 and is also in desperate need to pay $735 to get her towed car back.
Last week, her holiday situation improved vastly after getting a table of three men. They kept inquiring about her Christmas plans, and one of them insisted, kind of semi-creepily, that he'd "come to play Santa." After a rather awkward encounter, Murphy cashed them out and discovered a $500 dollar tip on their $38 check.
With that, we have three incredibly nice, incredibly moving Christmas stories that will tickle even the Scroogi-est of Scrooge. Maybe this has inspired you to go out and do a good deed, or just eat at a restaurant.Whatever you do, have a good Christmas!