Waitress Gets Big Tip and Will Pay It Forward


A waitress in financial need received a surprise tip of $1,075 from a customers and intends to pay the good deed forward when she can.

Sometimes it seems impossible to catch up on our bills, no matter how hard we work. Circumstances can cause setbacks we didn't expect and soon are are getting notices about unpaid bills. This happened to Khadijah Muhammad, a hard-working Knoxville waitress who works at Cheddar's. Her mother in Ohio suffered a heart attack and all she wanted to do was see her one more time. She managed to get through a big snow storm "with God's help" to see her mom, who pulled through. But she missed a few days of work and would not be able to pay off all her bills. Khadijah wondered how she would make ends meet.

When the waitress left for work on Wednesday, there was a past due electric bill on her door stating the electricity would be shut off if it was unpaid by the next day. She thought it would take a miracle to pay her bills this month. Khadijah devotes her life to service, both on the job and off. When she is not working, she likes to make homemade muffins, pies and soups to deliver to the homeless herself. She gives of whatever she has, which is an example to us all. We can all offer something of value to our fellow men and women.

KVUE reports Khadijah served a few tables, including one with a husband and wife and their small child. They did not stand out but they were nice folks so she had a friendly conversation with them. Khadijah described them as humble, with the father ordering a country steak and the mother and son splitting a fish taco. Their bill came to $29.30. When she went to the table, the receipt was upside down. Usually that means you did not get a tip or perhaps a note was left stating what you did not do. When she picked up the receipt, she was shocked.

The tip was $1,075 with a note that stated, "Jesus blessed us and we were lead to give it to you. God bless!" The waitress does not know who they were or where they were from. She just wants to thank them and felt God let them to her at this time in her life. The waitress also expressed she hopes she is able to do this for somebody - and at the first opportunity, she will. Clearly, good things do happen to good people. When we are called upon to help others, we should do it - just like these tippers did. It brings to mind the words of Acts 20:35, "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"