A Waffle House waitress working on Mother’s Day received the Mother’s Day gift of a lifetime after a customer left her a $1,000 tip.
Shaina Brown was working an overnight shift on Mothers’ Day when one man she was waiting on put $1,500 in the tip line and told her to give $500 to a woman there, and keep the remaining $1,000 for herself.
“You have a good spirit,” the man told the single mother of three, according to the Observer, as he left in a cab.
However, the Waffle house isn’t letting Shaina keep the tip because it’s on a credit card and against their policy. The policy states that ‘large tips are refunded to patrons as a regular procedure,’ to avoid patrons who want to dispute the charge or ask for a refund.
“I feel like they stole from me,” Brown said. “They did exactly what they teach us not to do.”
It’s not uncommon these days for generous people to leave large tips for deserving people.
“It wouldn’t be different if the man landed cash on the table, and the manager had snatched it away and said, ‘You can’t have it!’ It was very humiliating,” Brown told a local news station. “I’ve never heard of this. Whether it is $5 or $100, I would’ve gotten that tip, but because it was that substantial amount, I don’t know what the reason is but it’s a just a lot of run around.”
We’re happy to report that this story has a happy ending. The anonymous benefactor returned after hearing what Waffle House did to the woman and wrote her a check for the full $1,000.
Waffle house tweeted the following response:
Our intentions were always for the associate to receive her tip. Our procedure is there in case a customer disputes the credit card charge.
— Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) June 10, 2014
Thank the lord Shaina got to keep her money!
[via CBS local]