A waitress in western New York state was moved to tears this week after a local photographer tip her $ 1,000.
In a video posted online, the waitress, named Cassie, says she plans to share the tip with the other servers at the restaurant she works at.
“It pays my rent for about three months, so thanks,” she says as she tears up.
The kind-hearted dumpster was Caitlin Reilley, a photographer in Buffalo, New York, who said she called her Instagram followers earlier this week and asked them to donate money so she could surprise the waitress.
In three days, Reilley said, she raised $ 2,000.
Reilley said she decided to give half of the waitress’s money and the other half to a local frontline worker, according to a follow-up post.
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“With local businesses having to close due to Covid and upcoming bank holidays, I wanted to show someone some love,” Reilley signed the video telling waitress Cassie at Break’n Eggs in Williamsville, NY
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“Together we raised $ 2,000 in three days,” added Reilley. “This is Part 1 where I tip my waitress $ 1,000. My heart is full Stay tuned, next there is $ 1,000 on a front line worker. “
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According to Buffalo’s WKBW-TV, Reilley had never met Cassie before tipping her.
“It was heartwarming,” said Reilley. “I was a server for eight years. I wanted it to go to someone I knew would help. “
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Cassie told the station that she immediately started crying.
“I actually had to step back for a moment,” she said.
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“When someone does this for you without knowing you, it’s one of the most amazing things that can happen,” she added. “It really eased the pressure that kept me up at night.”