While waiting tables waitress, Claire Hudson, received a tip at Mac’s Grub Shak in Spring Hill, TN and much to her shock the tip was larger than the bill.
The waitress was absolutely moved by the gesture, however, it had nothing to do with money. The tip meant a lot more to her than that. The 25-year-old was working a double shift when a couple came in and sat in her section.
“It was actually a really slow day and then this couple came in,” Hudson told ABC News.
She didn’t think twice about their visit until after they were gone.
“They ordered a couple of beers,” she told WKRN. “They got some hot dogs and I didn’t even notice they had left such a big tip.”
When she went to pick up their check she learned that they had left a $36 tip on a bill that wasn’t more than $30.
“I would’ve liked to have caught them and said ‘hey this is awesome!’” she told ABC News. “They did it anonymously and it was really sweet.”
The couple didn’t give her a tip as they thought she was nice and could use it. The couple did it for a very specific reason, which made it the best tip her had ever gotten.
They explained that reason in a note they left on a napkin:
“Today is my brother’s birthday. He would have been 36 today. Every year I go eat his favorite food: hot dogs, and tip the waitress his age. Happy birthday, Wes,” the note read.
Hudson became very emotional after reading the note:
“I didn’t know what to say,” said Hudson. “I was literally in tears. It was definitely the best tip I’ve ever gotten. Not because of the money or anything but because of the meaning behind it.”
Hudson said that she was extremely happy that she got to be a part of such a beautiful tradition to their relative’s someone’s memory.
Even the restaurant’s owners were also moved by the gesture and wanted to add a special hot dog on their menu to honor Wes every day. They were searching for Wes’ family online to find out what he liked on his hot dogs so they can add it to their menu.