Customer leaves $600 tip for waitress at Waffle House

There is nothing pleasant about working the graveyard shift… Expect when a customer comes in and leaves you a $600 tip on a $24.29 check.

Lauren Ball, a single mother and waitress at a Waffle House in Kingsports, Tennessee, was trying to get through her 4 a.m. shift when a customer walked in.

“I was ready to go home, I didn’t even want to wait on him but I was the only waitress working,” Ball told WFMY.

Ball and the customer began to talk about plans that Ball had to take her son, Colton, on a beach trip, even though money was tight.

“I told him that we were getting ready to go to the beach the next day and I just spent all my money on Colton’s birthday party,” Ball said.

After the customer finished his meal, he paid his $24.29 check and casually left a $600 tip. After seeing the check, the cook ran after the customer to make sure he hadn’t left a 2500 percent tip by accident, to which the very generous customer responded: “I just like to do things for nice people.”

Of course, Ball was shocked by what had just happened and said: “I couldn’t believe it, I kind of wanted to give it back to him because it was such a large amount.”

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