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Customer leaves waiter $1,000 tip, told to pay it forward


ALBANY, N.Y. — A waiter at the Ginger Man restaurant in Albany, N.Y., was stunned recently when a patron left him a $1,000 tip.

The man left a note on the bill saying it was his birthday and he wanted the waiter to pay it forward.

“Between everybody who was working that evening, I gave about half away to the staff,” the waiter said.

“I made sure it was OK with him. I thanked him. I hugged him. I hugged him again before he left. I just couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. My legs were shaking. I couldn’t really focus on the rest of the work I had to do that evening.”

The man who left the tip wants to remain anonymous.

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