Tip Waitress A good Samaritan left R4444 for a waiter who was given just R4 as a tip, after being horribly abused by customers.
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The entire team at Hartbeespoort Dam’s Pecanwood Boat Club restaurant is singing and cheering thanks to the generosity of one customer.


Northwest, South Africa (30 August 2021) – The staff at the Pecanwood Boat Club restaurant in Hartbeespoort Dam in the Northwest received a life-changing tip last week after months of lockdown struggles.

A regular customer of the boat club had witnessed firsthand how the ever-changing lockdown regulations had taken a toll on the waiters and waitresses and decided to do something that would leave them all smiling from ear to ear.

The fifteen employees were taken aback when they learned last week that a huge gratuity of R85,000 had been left for the entire team. Speaking to General Manager Morne Botha, he explained that breaking the news to the staff was incredible. He says they broke out into cheers and tears and began singing. Their jubilance has been buzzing ever since.

For the employees, the cash infusion couldn’t come at a better time. The restaurant was forced to close due to the strict lockdown restrictions, which resulted in most of the staff going months without pay.

Botha shared that the customer had only ordered a burger and a drink when he asked if he could leave a tip for all 15 employees to share. While the customer has chosen to stay anonymous, Botha said that he is known personally by many of the staff. They may never know the real identity of their benefactor, but each waiter and waitress will cherish their regulars even more now.

The tip was divided last week, and each member of staff got R5,666.67. With bills to pay and finances still recovering from the most recent wave of lockdown regulations, this money will go a long way in bringing peace of mind to everyone.

Most employees, according to Botha, have families. Therefore a significant portion of the funds will be spent on school fees, rent, transportation, food, and other necessities.

Sources: GTG Interview
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