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Diner Regular Leaves $3,000 Tip on $39 Check for Christmas


‘Tis the season for giving, and one businessman is certainly getting into the holiday spirit this year. Dwayne Clark, the CEO and founder of Aegis Living, a Washington state assisted living community, decided to surprise the employees at a diner with an extremely generous tip. In fact, it was so generous that the 12-person staff originally thought there was a mistake.

Clark tipped the staff $3,000 on a $39 bill. When the staff first saw it, they weren’t sure who had left the jaw-dropping amount along with a heartwarming anonymous note. Yet the diner’s owner, Melanie Bard, knew it had to be Clark who was behind the kind gesture. She said he’s been regularly coming to the restaurant with his wife for about eight years now and that he was always a great customer whenever he came in. But the note he left on the back of the bill really says it all about why he wanted to give back.

He wrote, “You guys do a great job! When I was 7, I washed dishes and my mom cooked in a diner like this. We were dirt poor and didn’t have money for Christmas. Hopefully, this will help all of you have a better Christmas.”

Clark later explained that he wanted to do something in memory of his late mother. He said he remembered all the hard work she did in the food industry to provide for her kids, even though some of the people she worked for were not so appreciative of her. He also wanted to do something for the Christmas season.

Clearly, Clark hasn’t forgotten where he came from, despite his measurable success today. How wonderful is that? As if that wasn’t inspiring enough, he also wanted to stress to others that when it comes to the holidays, it’s not about how much money you give away, but the meaning behind your gesture of choice.

“You don’t have to give money. You can write appreciative notes and say thank you,” he said. “It would go a long way to nourish all of us.”

We couldn’t agree more!

h/t ABC

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