Grieving customer leaves generous tip, kind note for New York waitress

Posted at 8:43 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 20:43:55-04

NEW YORK – A New York waitress was brought to tears when a generous customer recently left her a sizable tip and a kind note.

Becky Nielsen had just finished serving a regular customer Friday at the “Breakfast Spot” in Cohoes when she returned to the table to pick up the check, local television station WTEN reported.

The customer not only left a 350 percent tip on a $22 bill for Nielsen, but also wrote a touching message on the receipt, which the restaurant posted on Facebook.

“Life is short, a friend of mine died last night. Please enjoy a night with someone you love!” the note read.

Becky told WTEN she’s been on the verge of tears ever since. “Wow, that’s amazing, it’s just so nice that somebody would do that when they’re grieving.”

The customer left before Nielsen had a chance to say thank you for the gift, but planned to spend the money in the spirit it was given by taking her friends and boyfriend for a night out, according to WTEN.