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A Customer Left A $3,000 Tip On A $40 Check—And A Very Touching Holiday Message

‘Tis the season for kindness. When the holidays come around, there are enough feel-good stories make even the Grinch feel cheerful! This year, it seems many people around the world are feeling extra generous. So far, Secret Santas have paid for strangers’ layaway toys and Christmas dinner for the homeless will be served at a London train station.

The latest act of kindness happened at a diner in Bellevue, Washington. One regular customer made the holidays a lot merrier for the staff. Dwayne Clark, CEO of Aegis Living, made his routine visit to The Brief Encounter Cafe. He sat in his typical booth and ordered his usual breakfast.

Only this particular morning, when he paid for his eggs over easy, hash browns and bacon he left a $3,000 tip for the staff to share. The bill was just under $40.

“I eat there a lot and the people who work there have great attitudes, are really hardworking people,” Clark told TODAY. “So when my wife returned to the restaurant from Christmas shopping, we just started talking about the meaning of Christmas … I got the check and I said, ‘I think we’re going to change some people’s lives today.’”

That’s not all. Clark’s good will continued with a message on the back of the check. He wrote:

“You guys do a great job! When I was 7, I washed dishes and my mom cooked in a diner just like this. We were dirt poor and didn’t have money for Christmas. Hopefully, this will help all of you have a better Christmas.”

Clark didn’t want any recognition for his generosity. However, now that he’s in the spotlight he hopes others will follow his example.

“We are living in this great time of not connecting with each other—whether it’s the political situation, or whether it’s technology,” Clark told TODAY. “I think the reason (people like this story) is not because of the money, but because of this shared connection.”

What a touching story, and we hope the workers at that diner have a very Merry Christmas!

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