Rather than posting an angry review online or blasting the restaurant on Facebook, Schultz and her husband decided to take a negative situation and make it positive, recognizing that "he probably isn't going to get tips."
So Schultz wrote the note and the two left before their server could see the tip he probably was not expecting to receive.
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"This definitely was not the largest tip there ever was," Schultz said. "We thought it could make his night a little bit easier."
Schultz said she posted the image on Facebook for family and friends, and never expected it to go viral. She and her husband wanted to keep the name of the venue anonymous, but TODAY.com was able to confirm the authenticity of the receipt with the restaurant itself.
"This is more about being kind and being generous," Schultz said. "We just wanted him to know that we've been in his shoes."
"I'm just sharing this as a friendly reminder to think of the entire situation, before you judge," her Facebook caption concludes. "And always always always remember where you came from."
—By Jordan Melendrez, TODAY.com/money.
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