When the media picks up on a story about tipping, more often than not it’s because something negative happened. Too cowardly to confront a server to his or her face, disgruntled customers sometimes use their checks as a last ditch effort to hurl racist, xenophobic, and sexist insults at workers. This has proved especially true in President-elect Donald Trump’s America, where servers have been denied gratuity due to the color of their skin, or their status as an immigrant.
Luckily, however, there’s been some much-needed good news this week out of Denver, Colorado, where a woman left an immigrant a kind note and a 400 percent tip on her receipt.
According to the Denver Post, Osamah Ajour—a 24 year-old Palestinian immigrant, and server at Damascus Grill—was working the day after the election when a woman started a short conversation with him, asking how he was feeling after Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.
Ajour told the woman he was "hanging in there.” And though he’s not a U.S. citizen, he said he knew this country was “way better than what happened Tuesday."
The server thought little of the conversation, but when he went to buss the table and saw the woman’s receipt, he was floored. The customer had left a $100 tip on a $23.61 bill, scribbling the words, "You belong here, and I am glad you are here" above the numbers.
Needless to say, the woman’s generosity was greatly appreciated.
“I couldn’t believe it when I looked at it. We only talked for about two minutes and she left me this,” Ajour told the Denver Post. “This lady made me very happy.”
Though the Ajour family has been calling him in recent days—worried by the outbreaks of violence and intimidation broadcast on the news in the U.S.—the woman’s actions seem to present a glimmer of hope and support. At the very least, it made Ajour’s day a little brighter.
[via Denver Post]