Photo: Ben Millar, his girlfriend Taryn Keith and the tip that changed their lives. (Photo via @KTLA)
An Irish waiter working at an American restaurant in Texas received a massive tip from a customer who said the money was for the man to travel home to see his family this holiday season.
According to The Independent, the waiter—22-year-old Ben Millar—was talking to a customer identified only as Jeffrey about the band U2 when he mentioned how he would love to return to Ireland to see his family during the holidays.
Millar and his 21-year-old girlfriend Taryn Keith are eight months pregnant, and said they have been planning to visit Ireland once their son, Killian, is born and old enough to make the flight. Keith said that Millar has been stressing about their current fiscal situation.
Millar told his situation to the customer he was waiting on, and the man decided to help out the Ireland native. When Millar went to collect the bill, he found that Jeffrey had left a tip for $750 with a note that read, “Hopefully, this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays.”
Before Millar was able to properly thank the customer, he was already gone. By sharing the story, though, Millar and Keith are hoping the man sees how much his generosity meant to their family.
“The due date is January 20 so we will be heading to Ireland as soon as my son is old enough to fly. I think it's a blessing and it couldn't have happened to a better guy than him,” Keith told The Independent. “He works really hard. He's pretty stressed right now with money and the baby coming, so this just made his whole year. It's good to know that there are kind people in the world.”