Even when she knew that she had an occupation that was not the most honorable, she was shocked because she saw an officer that was coming towards her. She even saw the man whom she had sent away just beside him. She panicked so much, and her heart had beaten fast. When the officer approached her, he slapped his hand on her desk and leaned over it while he made a request that made her eyes widen in suspicion.
It’s My Job
Alicia Danielle was working at the pawnshop downtown when she thought she had already experienced everything. She knew about the people’s greediness and desperation when it came to money. When she counted the dollar bills behind the counter after some big sales, she saw people’s eyes that desired a huge amount of money. Sometimes, she had a customer that was a mother who wanted to pawn their family heirloom. It was a painful experience for her to see that kind of event. However, she toughened her heart and still did her job right. She knew if she did not have this job, then she could not know where she would be going.
Odd Cross-Sections Of People
Alicia was in the business for so long that she was accustomed to it. She could tell the intention of a man who was going to pawn their items by just looking at his face. The pawnshop had attracted odd cross-sections of people who came from different places of the town. For her, she had categorized the people who were pawning in their shop in two categories. The first one was the people who were down-and-out, and the others were a vulture that was finding some chance in order to get a great deal. Although, it was not the same with the officer whom she met on that day because the officer did something that she did not expect.
Alicia knew how to handle her customers that were regularly coming to the shop. With her experience, she discovered that some of her customers would bargain for a unique antique while the other would pay for the full amount and would not ask for any more questions. She was working in a small town, that was why she remembered the faces of her customers. However, there was a new man who entered the pawnshop so she watched that customer for every move that he would do.
An Odd Customer
Alicia walked to the cash register. When she was watching the odd customer in the pawnshop, she was triggered because the guest went to the back of the shop. It was the time that she panicked, her finger pushed the button under the counter to call some police. However, it did not help her to calm herself. She knew something bad would happen if the police did not arrive early. She was hoping that this would end immediately before it was too late. But she did not expect that the officer would support the man that she feared.
She Was Distracted
That time when Alicia was watching the monitor, she saw the man went to a place where the camera’s feed would not reach. She was cautious because the guest of the store was wearing a long coat, and his hands were in his pocket. She could not focus on the guy that had an odd behavior in the shop because of the line of irritated people. There was a sudden form of line in front of her that made her distracted when she was watching him. She did not notice a squad car that parked in front of their shop.
A Suspicious Man
Sometimes Alicia was looking at the screen while serving her customer in the shop. She was searching for a suspicious man who was freely roaming in the shop. When she looked around, she saw the man again who was behind a long line of customers who would pawn or bargain for an accessory. She did not believe that this would be the busiest day of her life while there was a fishy man who was freely loitering and did not join in the line of the customer. She quickly served other customers in order to watch the man make his move.
When lunchtime came and a lot of customers had left the shop because they were finished with their transaction while others would eat their lunch, the suspicious man came into the counter. Alicia felt relieved that the man would want to purchase or bargain something inside the pawnshop. She thought that this would be a smooth transaction like the other customer. She assumed that she would only get his item, processed the payment, and then he would leave the pawnshop. However, her assumptions were wrong.
Something Was Off
The suspicious man placed a pair of secondhand shoes on the counter where Alicia was serving. She gathered the item and told her customer the amount of the object that he gave. After the bargain, he handed his credit card to her to process the payment. However, she could not let her guard down because when she put the numbers into the card terminal that was handed by the sketchy person and returned it after the transaction. He began to act suspiciously that caught her attention again.
A Moment Of Truth
When Alicia observed the man, she noticed that he was nervous. This time she knew that this was not right and there would be a chance that something would happen if this would keep ongoing. He inputted his pin number and bit his lip to muster his courage. He crossed his finger hoping that he would succeed in his plan and praying for good luck. He prepared himself and knew that plan he was going to do. This was where her nightmare started.
The Card Was Declined
The man passed through the terminal back to Alicia and tried to be calm when he was holding his breath. However, the man knew what would happen in the next few minutes. His card was declined by a system that made the man upset and you can see all over his face that he was also angry. He put his hand in her pocket when she kindly asked him if he had another way to pay for the item. This was the start of a strange interaction between her suspicious customer.
He Was Angry
The suspicious man told Alicia that he had no other way to pay for the item that he was bargaining. He had no cash or other cards that can be used to pay. She gently asked him to return the shoes where it should be, and the man followed her request. After he returned the item, she knew that he was angry because of the way he walked out of the store. Even though she felt sorry for the man, she still could not give the pair of shoes because this was not a charity store and she was doing her job. However, she did not know that she would see this man again and he would not be alone this time.
A Police Officer
When the suspicious man left the pawnshop, Alicia was busy again because of too many customers who wanted to bargain in their pawnshop. She could not even recap the incident when the man came to the shop. However, when she looked up and faced the front of the store, she saw an officer with the man who wanted to buy the pair of shoes in the store. She was shocked because the man was accompanied by an officer. This time thought to herself if she was in trouble.
Talk In Private
Alicia tried to keep her busy and ignore the fact that the man was there with a customer. She focused on serving her customer because there were a lot of them who were lined up to the counter. However, the officer and the man were distracting her. They were at the back of the customers, but they were not in the line. They would not even join the line for the customers. She asked herself if they wanted to talk to her in private.
After all the busiest days of her life, Alicia was almost finished with all the transactions that were in the checkout line. This was the time that she felt panicked and nervous because of the man and the officer that was waiting for her. After all the transaction was finished and she was the only one left in the store while the other two were still there, she knew that she would experience everything that would happen in the shop even if it was a terrible one.
She Felt Terrified
When the officer approached her at the counter, Alicia felt terrified because of the event that was happening before her. She asked herself what was going on, why the two of them were together. She observed the face of the cop to find any clues of the problem, but she could not find anything. She said to them, “Is everything okay?” and she also added “Can I help you in any way?” and that was where the intimidating man hit the counter and leaned on it. The answer that she got from them was a complete one-sided.
Her First Time
The officer said to her “No problem, but if you still have those shoes still, I’d like to go ahead and purchase them,” Alicia was in disbelief and asked herself why he was really doing this. With all her experience in her job in the pawnshop, this was the first time that an incident like this had occurred. She tried to look around because she was surprised at what was happening and tried to look for someone who could witness what was happening inside the shop. However, she did not find anyone, and this time she understood that she was the only one that could help herself in this dire situation.
Full Of Holes And Tattered
When Alicia observed the man again, she saw that the shoes on the man’s feet were full of holes and tattered. When she saw what the officer intended, she became relaxed. She knew that the purpose of the officer was not ill-intended but was the opposite. He would come to buy a replacement for the shoes of the man that was beside him. However, why did the officer wait for the other people to leave the store?
A Genuine Help
Alicia thought hard until she realized that the officer did not want to make a scene that could cause attention. The officer waited for the last customer to leave the store. She did understand that both men did not want any attention on any part of the media that would make a name for himself. Instead, the officer genuinely wanted to help other people like the man who was with him. That was when she decided to take part in this event.
She Was Inspired
Alicia did want to help the poor man too. She asked the officer if she could pay half of the amount for the brand-new shoes. She was inspired by the officer’s good intentions towards the man. She understands that the man needed some warm, comfortable shoes to wear on. However, she was not the only woman who found herself in this kind of situation while they were doing their job. There was a story about Ashley Latella that was far stranger than this one.
Ashely was doubtful when she saw an unpaid bill again for the group of men. She did not understand why they were doing this, but the men signaled her to go with them in the back room. She looked for anyone that can notice her and ask for their help. However, she failed to find a person that can rescue her from this kind of man. She could not think properly that even the sound in the area was too loud. This time, she knew that something terrible would happen.
Busiest Days Of The Year
Ashley was working at the Seagrape Café in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was assigned working at night shift when she saw a group of men come into their store. It was the December holiday season when this happened. It was the busiest moment of her life that she was having a hard time to keep up with her duties. The tables were ready to be served for the guests, there were too many diners that were in the bar areas. This was the time that she was rushing every table to take the orders of their customers.
Another Busy Day
There was a time that another group of students came in the bar. The students were enjoying, cheering and yelling inside the store while they were ordering their first round and finished what they ordered. On the corner of her eyes, she saw a group of three men who were going to sit at the corner of the store. Her manager Carlos Carmo also noticed the three men who came in. He knew that they had no business in the shop, and he watched those guys from what they were doing. However, because it was a busy day in the store, his attention was soon carried into his main duty with his job.
Ashley rushed towards the group of men who were at the corner of the store. She took the orders of the men and made them feel comfortable. However, even with how she was on her job, she could not get the feeling that something was wrong with their behavior. Every time that the group of men finished what they ordered. They would order another round again. When she served their orders and would walk away from the table, she felt that they were watching her. However, when she served the orders that they took, they were completely silent. She realized what their real intention was when she brought their bill.
The Quiet Ones
Ashley knew that the real troublemaker was quiet customers. It was based on her experiences that she assumed this kind of speculation. There was always one troublesome table that she would encounter every day at her job. If she felt quite uncomfortable serving the customer at that table, she would switch with one of her male staff members. But on this night, she could not exchange on every male member of the store because they were busy. Every staff member had their hands full. It was about time, the group of men waited for their chance to show their real intention.
Every time that Ashley was thinking about the motives of those people sitting on the corner of the store, she could not apprehend any of it. The Seagrape Café was a bar that was famous among the students. However, she thought about why there would be a gentleman hanging around the area. They would be the oldest people inside the bar. It may be a woman’s intuition or the experiences she ever had. However, she knew that there might be trouble brewing inside the store and her guest was right.
Refused To Pay
Ashley was a server in that place. She expected that a lot of people would come and go in their store. She even knew that there were good and bad people who were coming into the shop. However, she always did her best in order to give them the best customer service. However, there was nothing expected that the three men would refuse to pay their bills.
They Were Just Starting
When the three men had finally finished their orders and wanted to take their bill. Ashley was relieved that her shift would end. She wanted to go home and had a good rest to prepare for tomorrow’s work. However, she did not expect that this would happen. When she was going to give their bill, they asked for something that she was not aware of.
What Do They Want
One of the men in the group had a folder with the bill inside and it was pinned under his elbow that was close to his chest. However, when Ashley tried to retrieve it, the man refused to give the bill to her and slowly looked up and down like he was observing her. She felt the way his eyes traveled until it reached her surprised face. After that, he got the bill that he held and gave it back to her. She had a feeling that they were taunting her.
She Was Confused
Ashley was still staring at the men’s eyes when suddenly he put his chair back while the other men followed his lead. It was like he signaled the other to leave the place. All three men stood in their place and the one with the bill swung his shoulder and the look that he made was like pointing to the door behind him. She was confused especially when a stranger did something that she did not expect. It was like he wanted her to follow him.
Pay In Private
Ashley did not know what was happening. In a panic, she raised her hands in the universal gesture of confusion. However, the leader of the man was persistent. He leaned towards her and she was having a hard time hearing what he was saying. Lastly when he repeated what he was going to say. She understood that the men she was serving wanted to pay their bill in private. She was disturbed by the request of her customer. She froze on her spot because she was terrified of what the guest had requested of her.
In A Panic State
Ashley was in a panic state. She tried to look from the crowd of people where her manager was. She asked herself why these men would want to settle their bill in a place that was more private if they have any problem with what they would order then they could just tell me immediately here where it was much safer than the place that they were pointing at. However, she thought that there would be a better explanation about what was going on.
There were customers who wanted to eat in their store because of Ashley because she was attractive enough to entice many of her guests. She was also a hardworking person and kept herself in shape in order to do her duties properly. While the man who did not want to give their bill was a handsome person too. However, it was strange that even she felt fear in her heart, but a part of her was also excited. Although, she could not express the feeling that she had because she knew that she would not go into that room with these odd customers.
Ashley was thankful enough when Carlos the manager of the store saw her and rushed towards the area that they were having the conversation. He saw the expression of Ashley who had terrified eyes that we’re saying all her experience at that time. He came towards the place where she was, Ashley felt relieved because someone was with her. The manager knew that something terrible might happen that night. When Ashley told everything to her manager, at that point, Carlo was the one who would handle this situation. They decided that all of them would go to the back room together.
They Were Surprised
At first, Carlo assumed that the group of men were not satisfied with their service. He was hoping that things would not go out of control. The pressure that they were feeling was rising while Carlo and Ashley were walking towards the back of the sore with the group of men. They stopped where the man wanted to take them. They were surprised by the following event.
They were in a quiet private room and the men wanted to explain the suspicion to Ashley. They told her everything since the beginning. The three men were watching all four bartenders who were working in the store and they were all impressed on how they work. After they heard the reason why the group of men was in their shop, Carlo felt relieved. After all the explanation, the man gave their bill to Carlos. When he saw what was written on the paper, he was shocked because of what he had discovered on the bill.
A Rare Event
Carlos who saw the amount of five and two zeros was surprised and did not believe what he just saw. The group of three men gave a $500 tip. It was a rare event for someone who ordered $112. He was shocked and could not believe why these men tried to give too much tip for the staff in the store. He was grateful to the man, but the man asked him to look it up again. At that point, he knew that he made a mistake reading the total amount of the tip.
That’s Not All
When Carlos took a closer look at the bill, his first reaction was in confusion. “I saw another zero,” that was his statement on the interview. His face turned pale while Ashley cried because of the joy she felt on that night. After a few minutes. she began to calm down. She approached the three men and gave them a warm big hug. It was not a $500 tip, but it was a $5,000 tip. Why would the group of men want to give them this amount of many?
A Tip From God
There were many questions to their mind like, who were those three men who would spend a lot of cash just to give them a tip? Why would they choose the staff of Seagrape Café when there were much fancier and high-quality bars in the area? The men explained themselves that they were a group called “Tips for Jesus,” and they have a mission to do. They also had a saying “The Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
The group of men were travelling to different areas in America. They were finding the most hardworking restaurant and would give a huge amount of tip to their staff. They were already given a total of $11,500 in Manhattan alone. After all the events that had happened, it was spread on social media. There were people all over America who wanted to share their stories. There were times that one bartender got a $1,000 tip for a bill that cost $85. Ashley understood where she would use the portion of her tip.
Ashley knew where she would be going to spend the money that was being tipped by the group of men. She bought different kinds of toys as she can at some local toy store. She donated all the toys on the toy drive called Al’s Angels. She was very happy even if she did not have any for herself. However, this was not the first time that she gave something to those in dire need.
What Goes Around Comes Around
There was the time that Ashley wanted to donate some toys to the toy drive. She explained that “I’ve been trying to gather toys at my office. Toys, blankets,” The money that she got from the “Tips for Jesus” had the greatest timing of her life. The group of men did not know how she was generous. This story shows that when we do kindness to others, we would get kindness in return.
Tide Pod Challenge
There were some things that became famous in social media and some trendy online applications that were not good for our health. People were enjoying watching and following the challenge called Tide Pod Challenge. Some people could get a good post out of it. However, there was the latest trend that could make everyone happy.
Paycheck To Paycheck
Most of the people who worked as a server from all over the world knew that they would make ends meet or not get enough money to make them rich. There was the latest challenge that was called ‘tip the bill’ or ‘tip the bill challenge’ where everyone could participate in the challenge. It was to spread love to others while we would have a great time doing this kind of challenge.
This challenge involved people to order what they wanted on the menu that they were serving and when the bill came, they would give 100% tip to the server. However, there were people who had taken it seriously. There was a time that tipping began to fall. There were studies that 50% of the people who were eating inside the restaurant did not know how much they would tip the servers. What was the right value to tip a person who was working hard in the restaurant?
More Than They Deserve
There was a 15% to 20% budget when you would go out to eat in a restaurant. However, the people who were participating in the challenge were making a bigger bet than they usually did. One story was at the Blue 4 restaurant in upper Northwest Washington.
Tip The Bill Challenge
Christofer Nardelli was the owner of the four-year-old restaurant. There were customers who liked to go to his restaurant a few times a month. His favourite meal on the menu was the gumbo. Gumbo was a chicken and andouille sausage base that had dark roux, paired with an Old Chub Scotch Ale.
Most of the time, Christofer and James Turner who was the chef of the restaurant e-mailed their deals and the options of beer in order to notify their customers about the new stuff that was happening in the restaurant. The chef even mailed their customer personally. The customer asked him when they would serve the gumbo that he wanted to eat on the menu.
When they finished dining in the restaurant, they asked for the bill, paid the amount of their meal, and left the store, but they did not notice something that was different at that time. After the guest had left the restaurant, Laura Dally who was the bartender of the restaurant noticed the bill on the table. The customer that left was a regular in their store who always wanted to eat gumbo and was a kind, generous tipper. However, they did not expect this kind of tip.
More Than The Bill
Three of the staff were shocked when they saw how big their tip was on the $93 bill. It was when Laura took the bill that the customer had left while the others were cleaning. The restaurant was preparing to close when she peeked inside the bill, she rushed to go get Chris.
The owner, bartender, and the chef at the restaurant on Connecticut Avenue were surprised when the customer left with a huge amount of tip in their bill. It was a $2,000 tip on a $93 amount of food that the customer ordered. Laura said, “I was in an utter daze,” and she added “I was completely speechless. I had to do a double-take.” Laura went to her boss in order to explain what she had found. Chris told her “We need to talk”
Is This For Real?
Both went back to his office, while Laura showed the receipt that was left by the customer. Chris remembered that “This is the kind of stuff you see in the restaurant business that happens to some guy in the Midwest or the West Coast.” He also added “You think, who are these people who give these extraordinarily generous tips that just made a server or bartender’s day? And then, sure enough, it happened to us.”
Why Are They Giving A Huge Amount Of Money?
There were a credit card and a card slip that was showing an amount of $2,000 tip with a note that was telling them how to split the cash among the people inside the shop. $1,000 for chef James and $500 for both Laura and Chris. But what was the reason that some were willing to give such a huge amount of money?
Thank You Email
On the next day, the owner of the restaurant Chris sent a “thank you” email to their customer who gave the tip. They even got an explanation of why he would give that kind of amount. Chris explained that, “he said he’s very happy with what we’ve built and that he’s proud to be a customer,” The customer also said in the email that, “I’m very happy to express my gratitude in that way.”
Each person had their own reason on where they would spend the money that came from the tip. Chris had a plan to use the money on his toddler’s monthly day-care bill and James would also like to spend his top for his family. Meanwhile, Laura, a 29-year-old who was living in Silver Spring, had a plan to use her $500 tip to pay for her summer class at Montgomery College. She was studying as an occupational therapist.
Hard To Believe
Chris expressed “it’s flattering,” he also said that, “It’s nice to see somebody appreciate what we do and they’re willing to leave something like that for us. It’s hard to believe anyone deserves a tip like that.” Even Laura who worked as a hostess, server, or bartender for 10 years said, “Never! Never have I gotten a tip this big. Never.” At the back of the bill, there was a note saying, “Thank you for the Gumbo!”