Either way, an incredible act of kindness.
Greg Rubar has been working at D’Amico’s Italian Market Café
in Houston for 16 years. This past week a couple, who have been coming into the restaurant and waited on by Rubar for eight years, left him a $5,000 gift in cash after their usual Saturday lunch
. The bill for their meals? About $27.
According to 29-95 Restaurants
, Rubar and D'Amico tell the story. Both describe the couple as "nice people".
The couple had known that Rubar's car had been ruined on a flooded roadway and wanted to help, so they gave him 50 $100 bills.
The couple prefers to remain anonymous, but the man had said, "'I’m not going to be giving you a tip for awhile. Take this money. Go buy yourself a car,’ ” Rubar said, recalling when the couple gave him the large sum of cash.
“I told them thank you when they gave it to me, I knew it was money, but I didn’t know how much,” he said, reported KHOU
news. “Maybe like a half hour after they left I went in the bathroom and I opened it, and looked at it and I could tell it was $5,000 because it was still wrapped, it still had the band on it from the bank.”
Owner Nash D'Amico said Rubar tried to give the money back, but “they wouldn’t hear of it.”
After his car was gone, Rubar and his partner, who also works at the café, had been borrowing their boss' catering truck when it was available and when not, relying on taxis to get to work. Rubar said if the couple won't take the money back, then he will honor their request and use it for the car the couple wanted him to buy.
While not the norm when it comes to tips, Rubar isn't the only server to experience this type of act of kindness. In 2010, a Minnesota woman was given a $12,000 tip
, which was almost taken away from her, and in 2007, another waitress was left $50,000 and a car
in a customer's will.