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​Customer Stuns Restaurant Staff After Tipping Them £700 Each

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​Customer Stuns Restaurant Staff After Tipping Them £700 Each

Staff at a restaurant in Florida were 'blown away' when a customer tipped the team $10,000 (£7,340) in an 'incredible act of kindness'.

Workers at the Wahoo Seafood Grill in Gainesville were each given $1,000 (£730) after the money was split equally, with the customer thanking them for 'showing up and working hard'.

The restaurant shared the incredible story on Facebook, posting a photo of the customer's bill - with the huge $10,000 tip visible at the bottom.

Wahoo Seafood Grill. Credit: Google Maps
Wahoo Seafood Grill. Credit: Google Maps
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The post said: "On Tuesday night, a customer asked our entire restaurant staff to come to the dining area. He thanked them for showing up and working hard.

"Then something incredible happened. He told them he was giving them $1,000 each.

"Our staff couldn't believe it."

Owner Shawn Shepherd said he's not usually an emotional person, adding: "But this really got me. I'm blown away. We're ALL blown away by his generosity.

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"The last year and a half hasn't been easy on this industry. We're hurting and we're exhausted, but this incredible act of kindness has restored our faith in humanity."

The post went on to say that the staff planned to 'pay it forward' somehow, thanking the generous customer.

Credit: Facebook/Wahoo Seafood Grill
Credit: Facebook/Wahoo Seafood Grill

It continued: "Our whole staff would like to thank this generous customer from the bottom of our hearts. We are all going to pay it forward in our own ways. Even the smallest acts of kindness can have a giant ripple effect.

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"We're just a local, veteran-owned seafood restaurant doing our best to weather this storm - and this is truly the last thing we expected to happen on a regular Tuesday night.

"By sharing this, we hope you feel inspired to do something nice for someone today. Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people."

Speaking to Newsweek, Shepherd explained how the restaurant had been a little quiet the night the customer came in.

"He said he appreciated that they showed up and what they've been through," Shepherd said.

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"He said that he wanted to give everyone a $1,000 tip."

Stock image. Credit: PA
Stock image. Credit: PA

Once the money went through, the 10 employees working that night received their cut of the cash.

"One of [my employees] has a kid in the hospital with multiple sclerosis and needs a lot of attention," Shepherd said.

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"The server had to take more time off than usual, but by the grace of God, the man showed up."

He added that another employee had been finding his feet after spending time living in a shelter.

"He's doing a great job and now with this, he'll really be able to move forward," Shepherd said, saying there was no jealousy or animosity from staff who weren't working at the time.

Topics: Tip, Restaurant, News, US News

Jess Hardiman
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