Earlier this month, a man gave a single mom who works as a waitress a $1,500 tip on a $21.34 meal at Denny's—enabling her to move out of a homeless shelter with her son. Finally, a good Superman reboot! The story was first shared on the Facebook page Love What Matters, and unlike a lot of stuff you see on viral news pages, the story ended up being true and getting picked up by national news outlets. Here's the original post:
The caption reads:
Today I met an angel. You came into a Denny’s I work at in Utah. You asked me, ‘Can I have a waitress who is a single mother?’ I thought it was very odd, but I sat you in Crystal’s section. You sat there for 2 hours just watching people. 7 families came in and ate while you were there and you paid every one of their bills, over $1,000 you paid for people you didn’t even know. I asked, 'Why did you do that?' You simply said, ‘Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.’ Looking into your eyes while you said that made me tear up (It’s why I walked away so quickly) as soon as I got in the back I broke down in tears because your eyes had so much pain in them. I just wanted to let you know, the waitress Crystal that you requested was living in a shelter with her son until she was able to save up enough to get a place. Your bill was $21.34 and you left her a $1,500 tip, because of you she gets her new place next week, because of you 7 families ate for free. Crystal told me she prayed the night before for a miracle and God sent you. You left before any of us could say thank you, I hope you read this because you’re truly an amazing person and you stole the hearts of every one of us here. Thank you.
Dateline NBC tracked down the man in the photo, who apparently asked to be known only as "Briggs." He said that the total amount he paid for other people's meals ended up only coming to about $600, but everything else in the story was true. And he shared why he was so generous in the first place:
I grew up with a single mother of six. We were poor and homeless a lot. I watched and suffered for years as I watched her work her hands to the bone to give us a good life. She raised us to be kind and help others. Many years down the road, I was facing prison and getting in trouble. It ended up causing me to lose my family because I was a really terrible person... Now I've been helping others as I was raised to do. Now it's time to pay it back.
It's something to remember the next time you're tempted to not to give money to someone in need because you're saving your change for beer.