Customer Saves Waitress From Getting Evicted with 7,000 Percent Tip

A restaurant regular had been looking for the right moment to pay a good deed forward

The customer left a $3,000 tip on his bill of $43.50.

A New York City resident saved a struggling waitress from eviction with a $3,000 tip for his bill of $43.50 — all because of a lovely pay-it-forward campaign started by the man’s eighth grade science teacher.

Mike, who asked to remain otherwise anonymous, described his generous impulse to ABC News.

“This woman had been serving us for almost a year now. She’s a lovely individual, and she talked about how she was served an eviction notice last month. I just had also been constantly thinking about for quite some time my teacher’s project and this foundation, and I thought it was an appropriate time.” 

The foundation, ReesSpecht Life, was founded by Rich Specht after the death of his 22-month-old son.

The pay-it-forward organization is named after the boy, Richard Edwin-Ehmer Specht, who was nicknamed Rees.

Specht and his wife continue to encourage others to do good deeds for others. On the back of the receipt, the restaurant patron wrote,

“My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago, which sparked me [sic] to do this.

My only requirements are:

  1. Go to and learn!
  2. Don’t let ‘pay it forward’ end with you.
  3. Since it is about the idea and not about you or me, if you decide to share this, please don’t use either of our names.

Thank you for being around for all of my shows off and on Broadway. I hope that one day someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do.”