Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tip of a Lifetime Goes to Idaho Waitress

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The waitress had never seen the customers before.

"They were complete strangers," said Rhonda Poole, 45, a waitress at the Coeur d'Alene IHOP.

The only thing Poole remembers is that she had served an older couple and a younger woman—maybe their daughter or granddaughter—for lunch. Their bill was $46.43.

But this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that when an IHOP manager picked up their bill and credit card, a $500 tip had been written on the receipt. When the manager approached the couple before they signed, they confirmed that they indeed wanted to leave a $500 tip and to not tell Poole until they left.

Poole said her first reaction was to give it back and she went outside but the customers had already left.

"We just chit-chatted, and I treated them like every other customer," said Poole, who has waitressed for 30 years. "That's the nicest thing that's ever been done to me."

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