A teenaged waitress received the surprise of a lifetime when a customer left her a $1,000 tip to help pay for her college education.
Alesha Palmer has been working at Vetoni's Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City, Texas, for about a month. She has been working about 30 hours a week in order to save up for college, as she plans to get degrees in business and culinary arts.
Palmer was serving two tables, one of which had asked her about her plans after graduating from high school.
"They were asking about my college plans and told them my parents were helping," Palmer said.
When the customer at her second table was getting ready to pay his bill, he talked to the owner of the restaurant for a while.
"I went up to the owner, Mike and asked if I had done something wrong," Palmer said.
He turned over the receipt. This customer, who asked to remain anonymous, had given her a $1,000 tip.
"I mean, this can't be happening, this has to be a dream, not in little Cedar Creek area," Palmer said.
Jennifer Brown, manager of the restaurant, said the generous tip left a mark.
"It restores your faith," Brown explained. "There is just so much bad going on and you always hear of all the bad. You don't hear the good."
"It's definitely going to help me when I have a hard day and I'm stressed out I'm just going to think that in the back of my mind," Palmer said.