We've all had moments at work and thought, "I need a vacation." And fortunately for one over-worked waitress, a dream vacation just became reality, courtesy of a stranger's kindness.
Per the Tumblr of "Casual Cynic," a photo of a restaurant receipt shows a $60.42 charge for the diner's meal. Below that, in the "+ tip:" column, sits a sum destined to make one waitress's dream come true: $1,000. A note points toward the tip and reads, simply, "Your ticket to Italy. Enjoy!!"
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An edit by Casual Cynic acknowledges the mystery tipper may have missed adding $0.42 of the original amount to his total of $1,060.00, writing with a laugh, "LOL... We have it covered XD."
Some backstory, provided on the Tumblr, explains the waitress in question is Casual Cynic's mom, who had mentioned her Italian heritage in passing conversation with the diner. "Her people are from Florence, this and that, and she said she's never been." After leaving the tip, the diner simply "walked out, not another word."
Here's the full story:
So my mom and I have been working the same waitress job for 5-6 years now. She had been waitressing years before, but this is recently. Anyway, about... 15 minutes ago this guy she waited on left and told her to take care. Just that. Prior to this she had talked to him about Italy. Her people are from Florence, this and that, and she said she's never been. She got 8 years of art education and she's working a waitress job. It's pretty... sad and disappointing, I guess. Her and my father divorced 6 years ago and she hasn't had a real job ever. Just been stuck in a small town she's not from. This man who we have never seen before tipped her 1,000 dollars for a trip to Italy. Walked out, not another word.
We don't know who this kind stranger is, but he's certainly given the phrase "travel tips" new meaning.
PHOTO of the waitress's $1,000 tip for a ticket to Italy: