​Waitress $1,000 Tip As Giant Christmas Gift For Being Server At Olive Garden

Waitress 1000 Tip
Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Dec. 27, 2015

A waitress gets a $1,000 tip at an Olive Garden restaurant as a special Christmas gift from a family of five. Waitress Kathryn Irwin didn’t notice the tip she was given at first because she was busy working, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The $1,000 tip shocked Irwin after she was serving a North Carolina family. What started as a normal day at work turned out to be one the waitress says she’ll never forget.

Waitress gets $1,000 tip at Olive Garden

Waitress gets $1,000 tip at Olive Garden

“I was busy doing some side work and ended up going back to my table thinking I should grab the guest book off the table. It was still a few minutes before I actually opened it and when I did eventually open it and I saw it, I was in disbelief. I couldn’t even believe (it). I was trying to figure out if they made some type of error,” she said.

The 24-year-old waitress with the $1,000 tip at Olive Garden has worked at the restaurant full-time for three years and has plans to go to college. “When I did eventually open it and I saw it, I was in disbelief,” she said. “I couldn’t even believe it. I was trying to figure out if they made some type of error.”

The bill was $75.70, thirty of which was paid using a gift card. The suggested waitress tip was $15.14. The family left before the waitress could say thank you and now she wants to make sure they know how much it meant to her.

“I’m just amazed, you know,” the waitress said. “You hear about generous tips around the holidays. I’ve never personally had it happen to me, so I just want to make sure I do the right thing and again I just want them to know how thankful I am.”

While the $1,000 tip money will help her out some, she says she has even bigger plans for the money as a way to keep the generosity going.

“It was much needed, but it did something for me emotionally, more so than I could ever even spend it on,” she said of the $1,000 tip money. Irwin planned to do some Christmas shopping, but wanted to find a family or two and do something for them.

The family left before the waitress could say thank you for the tip and now she wants to make sure they know how much it meant to her.

This Christmas story is similar to one last year when a server received a $1,000 tip on a $114 check at The Ginger Man restaurant. Michael Shafts, the waiter, was having a typical night at work until a generous man walked in to celebrate his 47th birthday.

Kathryn Irwin

Irwin has not yet been able to reach out to the family who left the $1,000 tip, but the waitress posted her gratitude on Facebook and is trying to reach out and thank them in person.

While the tip money will help her out some, she says she has even bigger plans for the money as a way to keep the generosity going.

Originally, the waitress said she thought the family $10 on the bill. “Then I noticed the decimal point on the tip, and I thought, ‘No way!'” she said. “I ran to my manager, and he verified it and told me, ‘Katy, you did really good this time.'”

The family that left the waitress a $1,000 tip at Olive Garden reportedly paid for most of their bill with a $30 gift card, which brought the total from $75 to $45. The message ‘God bless you!’ was also written on the receipt.

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