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$3,000 Tip at Brief Encounter Cafe a Merry Christmas Gift

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:36 PM

A $3,000 tip left on a $39 bill at Brief Encounter Cafe in Bellevue, Washington, was left by an appreciative longtime customer who wanted to spread Christmas cheer.

The generous benefactor is a regular customer at the café. But on Saturday's visit, he decided to show his appreciation to the staff by adding the $3,000 tip. He also wrote a note on the back of the check that explained his reason for the large tip.

“You guys do a great job,” the man wrote, King 5 News reported. “When I was 7, I washed dishes and my mom cooked in a diner like this. We were dirt poor and didn’t have money for Christmas.” He said he hoped his tip would help the staff have a better Christmas and left his cell phone number in case the credit card company questioned the charge, King 5 reported.

The tip-giver was Dwayne Clark, the CEO of Aegis Living, a chain of 28 assisted living communities in three states, "Today" reported. Clark declined to be on camera but said he would like to see a “big tip” movement start that could spread positivity.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we all fed each other’s souls in a positive way?” he told "Today."

The tip is being split between the 12 staff at the café, and waitress Julie Wilson said she planned to donate funds to Safeway to buy five turkey dinners with part of her portion to help homeless families

“He inspired me,” Wilson said, "Today" reported.

Clark made it clear it wasn’t about the money.

“You don’t have to give money. You can write appreciative notes and say thank you,” he told ABC News. “It would go a long way to nourish all of us.”

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A longtime customer left a $3,000 tip on a $39 bill at Brief Encounter Cafe in Bellevue, Washington, as a Christmas gift for the staff.
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