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Waiter receives $1,000 tip, pays it forward

Waiter Receives $1K Tip, Pays It Forward

Most restaurant servers can expect around a 15 to 20 percent tip, which is roughly the national tipping average, so imagine one New York waiter's gratuitous surprise at his 878 percent gratuity.ABC reported, "One lucky waiter hitting the jackpot that's to a very generous patron. He left a $1000 tip."

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Michael Shafts has worked at The Ginger Man in Albany for five years and on Friday, July 18 he was serving a wife and her husband who was celebrating his 47th birthday. Shafts' manager, Julie Byron, told All Over Albany the wife took Shafts aside and said, "Something insane is about to happen to you, just take it and do something good."

Shafts said, "I don't really know how it came about ... I mean, when I first saw the tip I was just in shock."

The restaurant posted a photo to its Twitter page along with hashtags such as #BestService and #ThankYou. Scrawled across the receipt are the words "Pay it forward! My birthday present to me!"

Byron, who works three part-time shifts a week at The Ginger Man in addition to working full time at a local bank and repairing iPhones on the side, had to make sure the tip was real.

WTEN quoted Shafts as saying "I made sure it was okay with him. I thanked him. I hugged him. I hugged him again before he left. I just couldn't believe it. I was in shock. My legs were shaking. I couldn't really focus on the rest of the work I had to do that evening."

After the anonymous couple left the restaurant in a limousine, Byron and Shafts discussed how he would "pay it forward." Shafts co-workers would find out a few days later.

ABC quotes Byron as saying, "When he returned to work on Saturday night, he had envelopes of money for all of the staff, both front-of-house and back-of-house that had been working with him on Wednesday night. When all was said and done, he divvied up more than half." The other half went to fixing Shafts' car engine.

Byron said that the grand gesture couldn't have happened to a better person. The couple who left the tip are remaining anonymous.

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dollibug July 23 2014 at 7:46 AM

This man was blessed and he will be blessed for sharing his tip****Good for him. The world needs more people like him.

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darkcloudstonite July 23 2014 at 12:56 PM

Sorry but this story doesn't pass the sniff test....the wife pulling him aside and telling him " something insane is about to happen to you, just do something good with it" makes no sense and isn't necessary except that it fits into the whole pay-it-forward story that was invented here....however it is free publicity for the restaurant

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rbycdog darkcloudstonite July 23 2014 at 9:40 PM

were you there how do you know this

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wittlief darkcloudstonite July 24 2014 at 9:13 AM

its totally obvious the customer left a cash tip
put $0 on the tip line
the waiter rang it up
and when changed the $0 to $1000
and put another 0 in the total, right in front of the decimal point (over inked)

because the TOTAL does not add up to the subtotal + $1000


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whelaniii July 23 2014 at 7:58 AM

Just make sure you claim it when makingyour taxes out,now that you have told the world about it Unckle Sam now knows it

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Paul whelaniii July 23 2014 at 9:46 AM

He can claim this .... and not claim other tips. 'Unckle' Sam won't know.

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darkcloudstonite Paul July 23 2014 at 12:58 PM

he could have claimed neither

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Kate July 23 2014 at 1:00 PM

That was very decent of him to divide it between front and back, and I'm sure the birthday man is pleased that he did. He was both kind AND logical, keeping enough to fix his own car, but sharing the bonus with his co-workers.

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randy822 July 23 2014 at 9:35 AM

There are still so many really decent people in my America!

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Paul randy822 July 23 2014 at 9:50 AM

I can guess two things: The couple or the waiter wasn't black,

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tartufo72 Paul July 23 2014 at 10:12 AM

Paul do you feel better now that you got that off your chest. The only thing that comes to mind when I see such a comment is how many servers you have stiffed on a tip.

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takyoueddine Paul July 23 2014 at 11:33 AM

I can't believe people like you still exist in the world. Shame on you!! By the way you you said "two things" but there was one thing "OR" the other. How many things did you guess smart a**?

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domingbfan randy822 July 23 2014 at 10:25 AM

that was very rare.

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dwtomczyk July 23 2014 at 10:01 AM

dopey bastard

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rbycdog dwtomczyk July 23 2014 at 9:40 PM

your an ignorant *******

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theomegaman72 July 23 2014 at 1:11 PM

Be leery of any story that involves someone contacting the media and includes a receipt with a personal note written on it... check out the picture the restaurant posted on its FB site with the glass of wine...looks exactly like an ad

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wal5we July 23 2014 at 2:38 PM

One thing is certain...the generous couple definitely weren't republicans....a con couple would have slipped out the back door without paying or leaving a tip.

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PamieJune wal5we July 23 2014 at 3:16 PM

Oh, here we go again - another pundit generalizing. Nothing intelligent to add to the discussion?

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mike wal5we July 23 2014 at 7:32 PM


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Fraginals5@aol.c July 23 2014 at 9:31 AM

That's we all should do with all of our blessings, be a blessing to others.

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fls56 July 23 2014 at 1:26 PM

The dude that left the tip was terrific , but he needs a course in Math ..that is actually a $1,017 tip ... l am surprised no one noticed this ..

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wittlief fls56 July 23 2014 at 9:15 PM

he left a cash tip and put zero on the credit card tip line.
the waiter wrote in $1000 and added a zero in front of the decimal on the total. that is why the check does not add up..
the whole story is a lie.

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