Customers Surprise Waitress with Tip of a Lifetime: A Car

A Missouri Cracker Barrel waitress was extremely surprised when a group of regular customers teamed up to buy her a car

Christmas came early for this incredibly grateful Cracker Barrel waitress.

The holiday season is a time for giving, but rather than write a check to their local charity, a group of Missouri Cracker Barrel regulars decided to take the Christmas spirit to a whole new level. We’ve written about amazing tippers before, but recently, a group of six people who had gotten to know their Cracker Barrel waitress, Cindi Grady, decided to gift her a car.

The heartwarming story begins with a couple who was moved after hearing about Grady’s struggle to take care of her disabled son while driving a car that was on its last legs. Grady tells the story of her very own holiday miracle on social media:

"Today I received the best ever tip, bar none. Group of 6 regulars came in and requested my section and I had a great time waiting on them. When they left they handed me a $20 bill and it was 30% and I was happy. A few minutes later my boss came up to me and told me to let someone deliver what was on my tray and come with her. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what I had done to warrant a conference with management. But she led me not to the office but to the outside where the 6 people I had just waited on were standing. They told me they had seen me come to work all summer in my shabby car and wanted to bless me with a 2008 silver Ford Fusion they had just purchased. This was the nicest gift I have ever gotten and from barely strangers. I'm still shell shocked."

Grady later told Arkansas Matters that the gift had completely restored he faith in humanity. "I was in a spot where I was depressed," she said. "Just feeling like nobody cares. It's very different now."

In addition to the gift (or perhaps because of it), Grady posted on Facebook that her insurance agent waived all fees, and her mechanic put in a third brake light for free.


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