"We are grateful for all our patrons’ support"
The year 2021 started on a sweet note for a server at a US-based Indian restaurant ‘Masala Mantra Indian Bistro’.
A customer left a generous tip of $2,020 (£1,475) to their server named Dawn Sliger on December 31, 2020.
The random act of kindness has gone viral on social media, with people praising the much-needed support to the restaurant industry.
The act moved the internet after the Florida restaurant posted about the customer’s gratitude on its official Facebook handle.
The caption read: “$2,020 Tip by a kind patron for our excellent server Dawn. We can’t stop smiling and feeling happy for Dawn.
“God bless this group of kind folks. This year has been hard for every restaurant including ours but this act of kindness made our year.
“We are grateful for all our patrons’ support in this difficult year they bought a lot of cheers and light to our little server community.
“May the good Lord bless us all in the new year and it’s a new Dawn for all of us Goodbye 2020 and welcome 2021.”
The post was complete with an image of the bill that shows the tip amount.
Though it is not known who gave the tip, the amount indicates that it could be a part of the 2020 Tip Challenge.
As part of the 2020 Tip Challenge, people are tipping $2,020 or $20.20 (£14.75) to servers to spread joy.
According to the restaurant, their server Dawn Sliger had been working overtime and toiling to save for a car.
She was met with the compassionate customer who ended up tipping her $2,020 in return for a bill which totalled $269 (£196).
Since being shared, the post has received a lot of appreciative and love-filled comments from people.
A few also mentioned how they love the restaurant’s food.
A Facebook user wrote: “Nice of you to let her keep it.”
The restaurant replied: “Absolutely.”
An individual shared: “Wonderful! Makes me happy to know there are good people in the world.”
Another expressed: “That is awesome!! We love your restaurant and our community!”
The US restaurant industry has been heavily affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
According to recent studies, up to 17% of US restaurants have closed as a result of the pandemic, and more are estimated to follow.
As such, any help customers can provide to the restaurants and restaurant workers is being greatly appreciated.