A New York waiter was shocked Wednesday night when a customer left him a $1,000 tip on a $114 dinner check.
Michael Shafts had no idea that the couple celebrating a birthday at The Ginger Man in Albany were planning a surprise for him.
As they were preparing to leave, the wife whispered to Shafts: “My husband has done something special for you.” The man and woman have chosen to remain anonymous.
Shafts works part time at the restaurant, while also maintaining a job at a credit union. When he collected the check, he saw that the customer had left a personal message along with the massive 878 percent tip. The man had written on the receipt, “My birthday present to me. Pay it forward!”
Shafts, pictured below, says he was shocked by the tip. “I shook his hand, I hugged him twice, and I said it was too much, twice.”
Shaft followed the generous man’s advice. He shared more than half the tip with the other servers and kitchen staff. “It was surreal. I was shaking. I couldn’t feel my legs,” he told the Times Union.
This article was first published on Trenderfly.com.