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Texas Waitress Receives $ 2,000 Of Christmas Tips, But The Restaurant Can Not Give You A Penny

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A Texas waitress is searching for a mystery customer who tipped her $2,000 after the fish restaurant where she works was unable to process the payment.

Emily Bauer said she was working several tables on a busy day at Red Hook Seafood and Bar in San Antonio last Sunday, when the man placed the tip.

“I kept apologizing. ‘I’m sorry. I’m being slow.’ He was just like, ‘I understand’. He also, mentioned he owned restaurants. So he knew how hard it was to be a server,” Bauer told KENS 5.

The man, who was dining with one other, later told her to “cancel everything and give me the ticket.” It was only after he left that Bauer saw the amount.

Alongside the $2,000 gratitude on the receipt was a message, which read: “Merry Christmas! Keep working hard!” the local TV station reports.

“I just opened it and started crying. I was like ‘oh my god! My kids! I’m going to spend it all on my kids,'” said Bauer who has two boys, a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old. “I was like oh my god. I’ve never had a Christmas where I’ve been able to like splurge on them.”

Her joy was short-lived. Speaking to KENS 5, she said her manager told her the restaurant could not process any payments over $500.

Other employees at the restaurant, where Bauer has worked for about two weeks, suggested making four payments of $500, but she said they refused.

“I don’t think it’s our responsibility as a server to say: ‘Oh, you can’t tip me that much I’m sorry. Oh no, there’s a limit I’m sorry.’ If that’s the case, there should be signs posted on the restaurants or the receipt to say there’s a limit of $500,” Bauer said.

“Everybody I’ve talked to has been like I’ve never heard of that before. If it’s left to you and signed by that person, then you should be able to get it.”

She said she was told by the restaurant that the customer who left the bill had called and expressed disappointment that they could not give her a cent of the tip.

Bauer is now hoping he will get in contact with her directly, and has reportedly shared a picture of the ticket on her Facebook page.

In a message to the customer, she said: “Even though I can’t receive it, thank you. Thank you for having such a big heart. This world is filled of messed up people. It’s like, how did he know I needed that?”

Red Hook Seafood and Bar management have been approached for comment over the tip and why it was not paid to Bauer.

Stock picture: Money in a tip jar in a Taos, New Mexico, in May 2019. A server in Texas was given a $2,000 tip from a customer, but was told that no payment more than $500 could be processed at the restaurant she works at.
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The huge tip was not the only one to have been left by a generous diner recently.

Last month, a customer left a $3,000 tip after a Ohio restaurant voluntarily closed its doors due to rising coronavirus numbers in the area.

Owner Brendan Ring, of the restaurant Nighttown in Cleveland, was shocked by the gesture from the man who had ordered a bottle of beer.

In a Facebook post at the time, Ring said he and his staff were “humbly grateful for this incredibly kind and grand gesture.”

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