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Waitress gets entire college tuition as tip

Waitress Gets Entire College Tuition As Tip
One former Pennsylvania waitress received the tip of her life after she befriended a customer who ended up taking care of her entire college tuition.

Big time philanthropist Benjamin Olewine III met Melissa Mainier in 2010 at the Peach Tree Restaurant where she waited tables.

Yahoo reports that it was there he found out she was working her way through school.


"You get to know them,you get to know their background, you get to know their problems. I just needed to help her."

92-year-old Olewine did more than help. What started off as a bill for $3.45 became a gift of more than $30,000 for Mainier to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. It couldn't have been better timing.

"While I was in school, after he started paying for me my dad passed away. I just keep thinking of him right now that he'd be so shocked and so happy for me."

Mainier is now working at the Joint Institute at Pinnacle Health's General Osteopathic Hospital and as KVVU points out is working in the Benjamin Olewine wing.

Mainier wants to get her masters next, and Olewine has agreed to pay for that as well.

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abbylynn4me April 28 2014 at 12:07 AM

What a kind, caring, generous, wonderful man.

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maskbear60 April 28 2014 at 2:00 AM

I agree, Mr. Olewine is one of those special people in this world that knows how to give of himself and knows what money is really all about.

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Bright Blessings April 28 2014 at 2:12 AM

Dedicating herself to the sevice of others (both as waitress and nurse), along with her own personal struggles speaks well for this young woman. One can see through Mr. Olewins eyes the value of helping someone who helps others.

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Sawyer April 28 2014 at 2:27 AM

Ben Olewine worked at his father's grocery store as a young boy. Later, he took over the business and expanded it into food services. Subsequently, it became part of Sysco Food Services. For FYE 2013, Sysco had sales of $44 billion.

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pruettee April 28 2014 at 10:24 AM

If we just had more people who could and would do that.

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Adele pruettee April 28 2014 at 10:38 AM

There are many who could be so generous and supportive, but they choose not to. They are busy figuring out how to hide their wealth, avoid paying taxes, multiplying their wealth off the backs of others, and obtaining the most outlandish and expensive items they don't really need. B. Olewine III is a perfect example of the good in this country and how wealth can be used to spread inspiration and motivation.

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devoraone April 28 2014 at 10:11 AM

GOD BLESS THAT MAN,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Veritas987 April 28 2014 at 2:42 AM

Mr. Olewine III is allowed to give a one time tax free gift to whomever he choses to under the Uniform Gift To Minors Act. I don't know how old Ms. Mainier is or what year of nursing school she is in but she just might qualify.

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Joy April 28 2014 at 3:53 AM

This warmes my heart. There are people out there who cares about others. This is a good man.

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Joy April 28 2014 at 3:55 AM

This proves my point, there are good people in this world

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tagg4 April 28 2014 at 4:12 AM

Finally a great story about good people treating other good people the way they woud like to be treated.

I quit reading much of the news because it seldom talked abot the good things in this amazing world just the bad.

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