“COVID Sucks”: Customer leaves $1,400 tip for struggling bakery staff

by Peter Heck · Jan 26th, 2021 2:32 pm
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Last Updated Jan 27th, 2021 at 2:54 pm

Workers at Notchtop Bakery and Cafe in Estes Park, Colorado, were blessed by an incredible act of generosity from one of their regular patrons last Wednesday.

A routine customer that they identified only as "David" walked in and asked owner Nailya Khametvalieva what, at first, she thought was a bizarre question.

"He asked how many servers we have today and how many staff altogether. We had seven people," said a somewhat confused Khametvalieva.

Later, when David paid his bill, server Gloria Fuentes realized why he had asked. The loyal customer had left a tip of $1,400 with instructions to split the tip evenly between all the servers.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw the bill," Fuentes said in an interview with local media. "I was impressed. I was like…am I dreaming or what's going on?'"

Fuentes said the act has reminded her and fellow coworkers to keep pushing through tough times.

"Not everything is darkness," she said, "there is a light at the end of the tunnel."


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