Customer Leaves $5,000 Tip Each For 3 Illinois Waitresses
Three Illinois waitresses didn't pass off any extra food or give their customer any special treatment. What that customer saw Saturday was a special need for the young women, so she gave each of them a $5,000 check.
SARAH SECKINGER: "I wasn't even waiting on her. I was just rolling silverware. We were talking about school and braces and loans and everything that we can't afford and she just took it upon herself." (Via WIFR)
At first, the massive tip didn't register with the waitresses at Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia. They said they even tried to refuse so much money.
But the Rockford Register Star reports the woman - who the restaurant is keeping anonymous - wouldn't take her money back.
ANONYMOUS DONOR: "I want you girls to take these to help with school and everything else in life. Yes, you can take it. You put that in your pocket. God sent me here to help you."
The story of the woman's generosity is spreading quickly with the New York Daily News noting the blonde customer isn't a regular, but that's all we know.
Of the three waitresses, Amy Sabani plans to get ahead on bills and spend more time with her young son. The two others want to go back to school.
Sarah Seckinger told the Rockford Register Star she needed just one more semester to get her criminal justice associate degree, but it became too expensive. Now, she plans to continue her dream to become a police officer.
WIFR reports the restaurant's owner was also skeptical at first and even called the bank to protect his employees, but the bank confirmed all three checks were legit.