Server Gets $500 Tip for His Random Act of Kindness

Being nice pays off, quite literally

A random act of kindness paid off in more ways than one for Kasey Simmons, an Applebee’s server in Little Elm, Texas.

Simmons received a $500 tip on a 37-cent check, WFAA reported. “They ordered the cheapest thing on the menu of flavored water — it was $0.37,” Simmons said, “but my tip was about 50,000 percent.”

The only explanation was a handwritten note, left behind on an Applebee’s napkin. The day before, while at the supermarket, Simmons saw a woman who looked upset. He approached her and offered to pay for her groceries.

“I insisted,” Simmons said. “It was only $17, but it's not about the money — it's about showing someone you care.”

As it turns out, the tip and letter were from the woman’s daughter. She was thanking the man who showed her mother kindness the day she was mourning the anniversary of her husband’s death.

“It's selfish really,” Simmons said. “When people smile, I feel better. It lightens my world.”

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