Without a doubt, almost every business has suffered because of the pandemic. And while big businesses might be able to survive, plenty of smaller ones cannot. Thankfully, one lucky restaurant received a full $1,200 stimulus check as a tip from a regular customer!
Crying At The Massive Tip
During these trying times, every restaurant in the U.S. has been trying their best to survive, from only offering take out to opening at 50% capacity. Unfortunately, despite everything, many have had to shut down for good. Thankfully, thought it all, some customers have gone above and beyond for their favorite places, like the Colonial Steakhouse in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Recently, the owners were shocked to discover that someone had left them their entire $1,200 stimulus check as a tip! Owner Dana Gateley said the good samaritan left the tip on a simple take out order. As you might imagine, everyone started crying – including the tipper! “She was just sobbing and saying it was their whole stimulus,” Gateley recalled of the touching experience.
“We just started crying and thanking God because it came at a time that most of our staff really needed it,” fellow general manager Allison Hall said. “Things have been barely getting by, but we are making it, though.”
Hall’s parents own the Colonial Steakhouse. In the end, they decided not to take any of the tip to themselves, instead handing it out to the hardworking employees that have been dealing with terrible changes amid the coronavirus.
Unfortunately, they still had to cut their cherished staff to just four people, from nearly a dozen! It was simply impossible to afford to keep so many people on, as most of them would have nothing to do there. The majority of orders are getting picked up and the steakhouse doesn’t cook as much as it did before. Still, everyone knew to be thankful that they had a job and received just a nice tip! “It was nice to be able to call with some good news,” the manager said. Of course, the Colonial Steakhouse is not open every day either. It’s opened three days a week for the customers to pick up their order, and the employees do their best to bring yummy food just like before.
Hall also says they won’t close down any time soon, especially with regulars like that. “We’ve been open for a very long time, nearly 50 years, so we’re stubborn and we aren’t giving up,” she explained. “We are not going to give up.”