Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
May 20, 2024 ·  2 min read

Customer Left a $10,000 Dollar Tip, and Reason Will Melt Your Heart

A recent act of extraordinary generosity at a Michigan restaurant has left everyone involved touched. This story goes beyond the staggering amount of money left as a tip, but rather the heartwarming reason behind it.

A Customer’s Unexpected Generosity

Earlier this month, a customer dining at The Mason Jar Cafe in Benton Harbor, Michigan, left a waitress speechless with a $10,000 tip on a mere $32 bill. Manager Tim Sweeney described the initial shock upon seeing the receipt. Sweeney approached the customer to confirm the tip, resulting in a conversation that solidified the sincerity of the gesture. “[It was] absolute disbelief to begin with,” Sweeney recounted to WOOD-TV, a local Michigan station. “We went back and forth. I had a conversation with him. He wanted to proceed. [The server] was absolutely shocked.

The 10,000 dollar tip
Image Credits: The Mason Jar Cafe

What truly elevates this story is the motivation behind the incredible tip. The anonymous customer was in town for a friend’s funeral and chose this way to honor their memory. The Mason Jar Cafe’s Instagram account shared a photo of the receipt with a touching message [it is now deleted]. “In a time where so much is happening, we wanted to share and thank the person who did this life-changing act,” they wrote. “Things can feel real heavy sometimes, but this was such an amazing act to have seen firsthand in our restaurant.

An Unforeseen Turn of Events

The server who received the tip, Paige Mulick, generously opted to share the money with her eight fellow staff members who were working that day. “It was just really an act of kindness that impacted so many people,” Mulick said.

Unfortunately, the feel-good story took an unexpected turn. According to the Detroit Free Press, Mulick was fired from the restaurant. Details surrounding the reason for her termination remain unclear. Mulick stated in a now-deleted Facebook post that “drama ensued” after sharing the tip, and “in an attempt to diffuse the situation and resolve any rumors, things became even worse.” The cafe owners, in a separate deleted Facebook post, maintained that Mulick’s dismissal was unrelated to the $10,000 tip.

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