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Pizza waitress gets $10,000 tip
Chicago Sun Times ^ | 07/13/07 | AP

Posted on 07/13/2007 6:26:25 AM PDT by Reaganesque

ANGOLA, Ind. -- A waitress got more than a $5 tip for her friendly service. She also got a $10,000 gift.

Jessica Osborne was so overcome she cried so hard she could barely breathe. When she told a co-worker what had happened she called her a liar.

''I got that a lot,'' Osborne said.

The money came from a mother and her two sons who want to remain anonymous. The three were regular customers at the Pizza Hut in Angola and she remembered their order: two Mountain Dews, a cup of hot water for a bag of tea the woman would bring in, and a large Meat Lover's Stuffed Crust pizza.

Each time they would ask for Osborne to be their server and chat with her.

''They make your day better when they come in,'' she said.

The 20-year-old waitress told the family recently how she had started college twice before, but had to withdraw because she didn't have enough money. They came Sunday night and handed Osborne a check, folded in half, with money from an education fund they had set up after a death in the family.

''I said I didn't want to look at it because I thought I was going to cry,'' Osborne said.


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I just saw these people on ABC's morning program and thought this should be posted. What a great story! When the woman who gave the waitress the money was asked why she did it she could only answer "it seemed like the right thing to do." I just really like this because it shows two things:

1. It pays to be a good person.
2. It pays to give good customer service.

Few give or get $10,000 tips but it always pays to make friends wherever you go. Very cool!

1 posted on 07/13/2007 6:26:27 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: CheyennePress; DieselHoplite; JCEccles; Neu Pragmatist; Rameumptom; Reaganesque; ...

Miscellaneous Ping! :-)


2 posted on 07/13/2007 6:28:24 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: Reaganesque
Its a very big reward. Treat people kindly and life can surprise you! I really do believe God knows who deserves the reward and who deserves the punishment.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 07/13/2007 6:28:25 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Reaganesque

It’s good to see there are still good people in this world.


4 posted on 07/13/2007 6:28:38 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08! Return our country to the era of Reagan Conservatism)
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To: Reaganesque
...large Meat Lover's Stuffed Crust pizza.

Yeah there's just no way a vegetarian would have been that generous.

5 posted on 07/13/2007 6:28:45 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: goldstategop

Cast thy bread upon the waters...


6 posted on 07/13/2007 6:29:13 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: FormerLib

LOL!


7 posted on 07/13/2007 6:29:46 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: FormerLib

Nice catch.


8 posted on 07/13/2007 6:30:10 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Reaganesque

I believe this kind of thing happened to Suzi Orman also! Hope this lady does with the money what the money was given for...a college education.


9 posted on 07/13/2007 6:30:41 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary in '08.....Her PHONINESS is GENUINE !!!!)
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To: Reaganesque

Very nice! The biggest tip I recall hearing about was when a high-roller (from Australia, if memory serves) asked a Las Vegas casino dealer how big her mortgage was (again, $160,000?) and paid it.


11 posted on 07/13/2007 6:32:17 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Remember back in 2000..when the Freepers chipped in to send a tip tot he waitress in the upstate NY diner whom Hilalry stiffed..


12 posted on 07/13/2007 6:32:51 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Reaganesque

She was quoted as saying, “This is a Godsend. With the full scholarship I just received, I can spend this all on spring break!”

j/k


13 posted on 07/13/2007 6:33:17 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: Reaganesque

Unfortunately for the waitress, its only %5000 after taxes.


15 posted on 07/13/2007 6:34:52 AM PDT by UglyinLA
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To: Reaganesque

Of course, she plans on reporting the full $10,000 as part of her tips for tax purposes...


16 posted on 07/13/2007 6:35:26 AM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: UglyinLA

Ooops. Typo. Re-posting:

Unfortunately for the waitress, its only $5,000 after taxes.


17 posted on 07/13/2007 6:37:03 AM PDT by UglyinLA
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To: Reaganesque

It’s a great story and the IRS might let her keep $5,500.00 of the 10,000.00.


18 posted on 07/13/2007 6:38:27 AM PDT by One_American
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To: ken5050

That is exactly what I was thinking of when I saw the title here....

...thinking, “what, did Hillary think she better make herself look good this time?”


19 posted on 07/13/2007 6:39:12 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: UglyinLA

It will be reported as a gift if she gets good tax advice. The limit just happens to be be $10,000.

Then she can put it in a 529.


20 posted on 07/13/2007 6:39:14 AM PDT by Azeem
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To: TommyDale; UglyinLA

I’ve always wondered about that when I watch “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. Who pays the taxes on this new, million dollar home? Still, a good deed is a good deed and someday, I’d like to be able to do something like this.


21 posted on 07/13/2007 6:39:36 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: Reaganesque
Yet another example of how Christian thinking is a better model for solving the problems of a civilization than other alternatives.

I'm sure somewhere there is a Muslin who is deeply offended by all this, and considers this act of generosity an insult to Islam.

And if there isn't there ought to be.

22 posted on 07/13/2007 6:40:24 AM PDT by tcostell (MOLON LABE)
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To: Hebrews 11:6
Some jokes just write themselves.

I am assuming you are referring to my screen name?

If you are, you need to go back to your Bible and read up on Judge not lest ye be judged yourself. Check it out.

23 posted on 07/13/2007 6:41:28 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: Azeem
It will be reported as a gift if she gets good tax advice. The limit just happens to be be $10,000.

IIRC, that limit's been raised. I believe that it was $11,000 several years ago and may be even higher now.

24 posted on 07/13/2007 6:43:38 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob

I imagine that’s why the tip was for precisely $10,000.


25 posted on 07/13/2007 6:46:28 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: Reaganesque
If only all of us could be this generous.......

wouldn't it be nice to be able to pass out $10,000 checks to people we meet that need and deserve a little help.....

there is something about giving money away that is spiritually and psychologically rewarding....

26 posted on 07/13/2007 6:47:55 AM PDT by cherry
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
I am assuming you are referring to my screen name?

No, my defensive and overbearing friend, I was not referring to your screen name. Perhaps if you would go back and look at your previous post and then consider it in light of the context of this thread, you will begin to understand my righteously-judged comment.

27 posted on 07/13/2007 6:48:52 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: Reaganesque

Oh, the homeowners definitely get hit with huge tax bills after their assessments go up.

But the producers do a few things to help offset it. They use a tax provision that allows them to lease the how for a couple weeks, while renovating, and pay the owners (and the owners aren’t taxed on that).

They also encourage owners to refinance and use the huge amount of equity they will have in the home to pay off taxes.

Still, I seem to recall one family suing the show over it.


28 posted on 07/13/2007 6:50:28 AM PDT by elc
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To: Reaganesque

Excellent!
Rock on,good people!
(side comment:betcha the generous gift-giver wasn’t a Hillary-Obama-Edwards supporter,JMHO)


29 posted on 07/13/2007 6:52:02 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (If not Fred, who?....If not now, when?)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

my apologies


30 posted on 07/13/2007 6:54:15 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: Reaganesque

Wonderful story!


31 posted on 07/13/2007 6:54:53 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Reaganesque

There is no tax consequence to the recipient of a gift, no matter how large the gift. It could have been $100,000,000, without the waitress owing a dime in taxes.

However, the $10,000 gift limit is on the donor; a donor may give up to $10,000 in a taxable year to any person. That’s why families can often donate $40,000 to relatives; $10,000 from each spouse to each other spouse.

So, for a $10,000 gift, there are no income taxes due the waitress and no transfer tax consequences to the donor.


32 posted on 07/13/2007 7:07:09 AM PDT by henkster (The dems have reserved your place on the collective farm.)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Not sure if its same story but an australian billionaire was tipping the casino waitresses $100,000 each time a drink was brought to him.

http://www.thegoodgamblingguide.co.uk/spotlight/players/kerrypacker.htm


33 posted on 07/13/2007 7:23:04 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: cherry

I’d like to think that if I had the means, I would be this generous.


35 posted on 07/13/2007 7:35:48 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: Reaganesque

Great feel-good story, thanks for posting!


36 posted on 07/13/2007 7:36:36 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
...and read up on Judge not lest ye be judged yourself.

Actually, that refers to judging others hypocritically. There's nothing in the Bible that forbids judging wisely.

37 posted on 07/13/2007 7:37:56 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: TommyDale
Of course, she plans on reporting the full $10,000 as part of her tips for tax purposes...

I used to work at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver. We never reported our full tip earnings.

38 posted on 07/13/2007 7:39:58 AM PDT by shekkian
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To: Reaganesque

The recipients have to pay bigtime. IIRC< I don’’t think anyone who has won the HGTV Dream Home Give-away has kept any of the places yet, due primarily to the tax burden.


39 posted on 07/13/2007 7:43:08 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Reaganesque

rich people suck /s


40 posted on 07/13/2007 7:43:52 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: vietvet67

Yep, I think that’s the Aussie.


41 posted on 07/13/2007 7:47:13 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: Azeem
It will be reported as a gift if she gets good tax advice. The limit just happens to be be $10,000.

So you saw "Shawshank Redemption", too? LOL
42 posted on 07/13/2007 7:48:28 AM PDT by bearsgirl90
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To: ken5050
Remember back in 2000..when the Freepers chipped in to send a tip tot he waitress in the upstate NY diner whom Hilalry stiffed..

I remember and contributed as well. To this day I wander if anyone ever found out, even if just close approximate, how much the waitress received. Surely, someone must know.

43 posted on 07/13/2007 7:50:45 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: bearsgirl90

I haven’t seen it in years so I miss the reference. Sorry :(

I work in the financial industry though :) And I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.


44 posted on 07/13/2007 8:02:01 AM PDT by Azeem
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To: shekkian

Yeah, but I bet the IRS would have come looking for you if it had been broadcast all over the world that you had received a $10,000 tip, and your name was published.


45 posted on 07/13/2007 8:03:47 AM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Reaganesque
When I worked the concession stands at the beach, a couple of women, tourists, asked me for just a cup of ice. So I gave it to them. They tipped me a whole dollar :-)

So I went out and bought a Porsche.

46 posted on 07/13/2007 8:08:09 AM PDT by lowbridge (If You’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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To: lowbridge

What did you do with the change? ;-)


47 posted on 07/13/2007 9:31:52 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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What did you do with the change? ;-)

Hired a hook....Er, I meant hired a hook handed man to tell me his old sea stories.

48 posted on 07/13/2007 11:25:22 AM PDT by lowbridge (If You’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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To: Reaganesque

It would have been better for her if the people caught her after hours and told her it was a gift.

The bloodsucking vampires at the IRS don’t give a rip about anybody’s problems and they’d happily take what she needs.

She’d have been better off keeping quiet about it.


49 posted on 07/13/2007 11:27:30 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7

“you need to go back to your Bible and read up on Judge not lest ye be judged yourself. Check it out.”

True, we are not to judge a man’s heart, only God can do that.

But we can judge behavior, as long as it is done righteously.

The Bible isn’t saying don’t judge anything at all.


50 posted on 07/13/2007 11:34:58 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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