Waitress Gets Huge Tip On Receipt, Then Discovers There's 3 Conditions She Must Follow For It
Marilyn Caylor 12/22/2016
It's not often that a waitress gets a tip with several conditions attached to it. Isn't a tip supposed to be a bonus for doing a good job? It shouldn't come with a laundry list of action items. However, that's exactly what happened to one waitress in New York City.
An anonymous diner made the fortuitous decision to leave his server a tip for a job well done. The waitress took one look at the receipt and couldn't believe her eyes, but when she flipped the receipt over she noticed there were three parts to it that she had to follow. The woman understood the implications, and willingly obliged.
It sounds too weird to be true. After all, there's no way for the diner to get a "refund" on his tip if the waitress didn't follow through on his requests. Yet, she strictly adhered to the rules of this "game" without question, and it wasn't just for the money. Her moral compass guided her to do the right thing, for the greater good of mankind.
You may be astonished to find out why the waitress was so eager to blindly follow the man's requests. It has everything to do with a little boy she'll never be able to meet.
However, let's backtrack a little bit first. Do you remember when Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast coast of the US in 2012? That devastating storm left thousands homeless, and sadly some lives were lost as well. One couple that was indirectly affected by the storm was Richard and Samantha Specht. Their son, Richard Edwin-Ehmer Specht (REES), drowned in a backyard pond as they were preparing for the worst of the vicious storm.
Richard and his wife established the "ReesSpecht Life" memorial scholarship after tragedy took their 22-month-old baby. To preserve Rees' memory, the heartbroken parents created the foundation in the hopes that others would spread the same act of kindness that they received during a very difficult time.
Part of the foundation's goal is to provide as many people as possible with a "pay it forward" card. They have distributed well over 350,000 of these cards to people living on every single continent on Earth.
"When my wife and I set out to form ReesSpecht Life, we did so with a mission to honor our little boy's brief life and pay back the kindness of those people who rushed to our aid in our time of need. I never intended for this movement to become what it has. We just wanted to do something nice."
Possession of the card means that the person holding it intends to cultivate kindness by paying it forward. By all appearances, there are hundreds of thousands of folks out there who are eager to spread good news!
Now, let's get back to the anonymous diner and waitress who met at a Times Square restaurant. The man in question left his server with something besides a huge smile. She mentioned that she was about to be evicted from her apartment. So, instead of the standard 20% tip for his meal, he left a whopping 6800% of the total food bill. Wow, that would leave anyone speechless!
If you're wondering why their names aren't being provided, there's actually a very good reason for it. This story is not actually about them. They are happy to remain anonymous and continue playing an important role in a much bigger picture. Giving is never about gaining notoriety - that's why the true heart of this tale is the act of paying it forward.
Yet, this story will come full circle in an amazing way, as you'll soon see.
On the back of the receipt, the generous diner quickly scrawled:
"Thank you for your kindness and humility. My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago which has sparked me to do this. My only requirements are:"
1. Go to ReesSpechtLife.com and learn!
2. Don't let "Pay it forward" end with you.
3. Since it's about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don't use either or our names!
"Thank you for being around for all of my shows on and off Broadway. I hope that someday someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do."
The waitress did indeed visit the ReesSpecht Life website, and emailed a snapshot of her $3,000 tip to the Specht family.
This is where the wonderful story comes to fruition. Richard Specht learned about the tip after the waitress contacted him. At first, he couldn't believe it. Then he saw the signature on the receipt, and instantly recognized it. The diner in question was actually a former student of his, and he was the middle school teacher that was mentioned.
"This young man used to come up to my room to talk with me and I remember many of our conversations that we had over the course of that year . . . to think that someone I had a decade ago would honor my little boy or even remember his 8th grade science teacher in such a way blows me away."
Wow, this story just gets better and better! The anonymous diner has touched more than one person in his pay it forward efforts.
Richard reached out to his former student and let him know that the act of kindness had a profound effect on his wife.
"The single most important thing you did was put a smile on my wife's face. When you lose a child you always carry that pain, and she had that smile that I want to see all the time. I was just so happy to see it."
If you want to participate in the pay it forward movement, the cards can be ordered free of charge on the ReesSpecht Life website. You'll certainly bring a smile to a lot of faces by following the "rules."
Watch the video below to find out more about this heartwarming story.
This story is so incredibly heartwarming. Hope has been given to so many in need. I'm sure the waitress will pay it forward one day when she is able to. Doesn't this story make you want to take part in a beautiful act of kindness?
Sources: ReesSpecht Life, Pix 11, ReesSpecht Life, FB Image Credit: ReesSpecht Life