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Server 'Froze Like a Statue' After Seeing $1,000 Tip Left on To-Go Order


With many food service jobs currently in jeopardy, people who have the means are being encouraged to do their part to help out. Some restaurants have been forced to shut their doors completely, but others are moving to take-out or delivery in an attempt to stay open.

Food has been on the minds of many Americans lately, as any trip to the local grocery store right now will tell you. Sure, toilet paper is a hot commodity, but people are also stocking up on canned and dried goods, as well as fresh food and meat.

Meals are looking a little different with so many people working from home, but many are still eager to patronize local restaurants for their breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

One such gentleman in Scottsdale, Arizona, was about to get his breakfast fix as well as bless his server when he pulled up to the restaurant Eggstasy on Tuesday.

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Server Raymond Shepherd had taken the order and told KSAZ-TV in Phoenix that the customer was a regular and that nothing seemed particularly different about this purchase — until Shepherd glanced at the check.

The man’s meal had come out to about $70, but it was the tip amount that took up more real estate on the receipt: $1,000.

“Thank you from Georgia and Hattie Grace!” was written across the slip of paper — Georgia and Hattie Grace were the customer’s daughters.

In speaking to KSAZ, Shepherd said the man was in and out quickly.

“And then he kind of like, was writing behind the bag, we have a to-go bag that’s right in front of him, and he’s kind of writing his check,” the server explained. “Honestly, he tried to get out of here pretty quick.”

“I froze like a statue when I was like walking,” he said. “I picked up the check and I’m walking and I was just like … I look at it and I’m like, ‘How many zeros?’ And I look up and he’s driving away and he looks at me for just a second.”

Shepherd is incredibly grateful for the generous gift, especially during such an uncertain time.

“With my other job being closed, this is perfect, perfect timing,” Shepherd said. “So, does it go in the nest egg or does it go into my checking account to, you know, help stay afloat?”

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“This just happened‼️” Eggstasy shared on March 17, posting a photo of the check to its Facebook page.

When the customer comes back in, as regulars are wont to do, Shepherd knows exactly what he’s going to do: “First of all, I’d love to buy his breakfast, that is what I’ll be doing.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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