Skip to comments.Lincoln waitress receives the tip of a lifetime
Posted on 01/06/2014 4:28:56 PM PST by Rebelbase
The Cracker Barrel customer had a checkbook, and what he wrote in it after lunch Thursday would make his happy server even happier, but first he and his friend had a few questions.
They asked the hostess: Can you give us your grumpiest server? We want to make them laugh.
Sorry, the hostess said. Nobody grumpy here. Ill seat you with our happiest.
At Table 222, they asked Abigail Sailors for the special — turkey and dressing — and for eggs and sausage.
Then they asked the 18-year-old why she was so happy.
And over the course of their meals, she told them.
About her childhood. The youngest of five from Falls City was just 7 months old when her parents crashed their car on the back roads to St. Joseph, Mo. Her mother never fully recovered from her brain injury, and her father wasnt fit to be a father.
They were scattered to three foster homes, then reunited under the same roof. They endured abuse there for years, said Abigails older sister, Sydnie Murphy. That foster father is still in prison.
All the horror stories you hear about foster care, Sydnie said, we lived through it.
The state split them again — some to other homes, Abigail and Sydnie and a brother eventually to their fathers house. But then he was arrested for abuse, too.
They didnt find real stability until about nine years ago, when John and Susi Sailors took them in. And kept them. And raised them. And loved them like they love their own five children.
Its a great home, great people, amazing, said Abigail, who took their last name. I dont know how I would have turned out if I didnt have them. They shaped the person I am today.
Abigail still sees her birth mom. In fact, she and Sydnie were picking her up at her rehabilitation home in Omaha and taking her out for pizza Thursday night.
After she talked about her past, Abigail told her customers about her future. Which was on hold. She had just finished her first semester at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota, where shes studying youth ministry and psychology.
But shes paying her own way, and didnt have enough money for the spring semester. So she was saving her wages and tips to add to her financial aid, and planned to return next fall. She was thinking about taking online courses until then.
Shes always been a good worker and paid her own bills and saved her money, her foster father said. Shes a great girl. Its amazing where she is from, what shes been through.
And that — all of that — was why she was so happy, the server told her customers.
Her life could be worse. But it isnt.
Im just thankful. Everything we went through, my attitude is: God blessed me with a lot of things. Im doing good. Thats all that matters to me.
The customers — one older, one middle-aged — kept asking questions. Abigail kept answering. She didnt know them. They werent regulars at the north Lincoln restaurant. She did learn they were from Nebraska, and she learned their names, but didnt feel right sharing them.
When the men were finished eating, one told her he had graduated from Trinity.
He opened his checkbook.
He wrote one check to the college for $5,000, for her tuition.
He wrote one check to her for $1,000, for whatever she needed.
He left a $100 tip she split with another server.
And Abigail, whod felt like she already had so much, now had even more.
I couldnt believe it. I tried to thank them, and they said, thank God.
I had a tinge of tear at the ending.
Just a tinge? :-)
Amazing story! Thank you for sharing it.
wiping away tears......
Hmmm...Well she is happy now until the Marxist run IRS comes knocking.
Wish we had the ultimate, not-to-be-outrated, LIKE button on this site...for a posting such as this! Love the story! So uplifting to my soul!
Wow, that’s a beautiful story RB. Thank you for sharing.
And on your last line, me too!
She is a lovely young Lady and what comes from her heart radiates to make her so.
Not only did the couple make one person feel happy, but countless others who will read this story.
awesome. There is still some good left in the world.
Thanks for the heartwarming post. The people to whom I forwarded it will also be thankful, I’m sure.
She received two payments
A taxable tip and a non taxable scholar ship.
more than a tinge...thank you for sharing this.
We should never forget how good things can be and how bad they can be.
Thanks for the post
I find a facebook but not sure it is hers.
Thanks for posting.
well Im BooHooing here...
Life is hard........God is Good!
Dang right! Don’t report that, just like the obomacare people say!
So nice to see a heart warming story like this on FR (for a change). We need to see stories like this to remind us that there really is hope for our country, and that there is still very much good amongst us.
Nope, those crafty Christian males have them beat pretty good. The $5K isn't income. It's a gift, especially since it's written directly to the college. That amount isn't taxable to her, or anybody. And I doubt the $1K written directly to her will get her into a bracket where she'll even have to file, on a waitress's wagesalthough, with her energy, she may surprise me.
And splitting the $100 with other employees? That will really get the IRS gnashing its teeth in frustration. Her only income from that is what she kept.
That girl sounds like an angel.
Very very good story! I’m wiping my eyes.
Yes all the time. In fact it happens so often that people don’t even bother reporting the stories anymore.
Now THAT is what America is really all about.
What a wonderful story. God is good.
It could be argued that this was a gift, not a tip. And the check was made out to the school. Never passes through her hand. Again, a gift.
Tell the IRS to screw.
In a time where it seems to all be going to shit this story really made me smile.Thank you for posting this great story.
God bless them. Thank you for posting.
Thanks for posting this!
Thank you! This story cheered me up, after a moderately crummy day :)
I was just thinking the same thing.
Facebook is no place for Christian girls!
What goes around, comes around
A few years ago, a friend and I got together for lunch a week or so before Christmas. In the same restaurant were two army listed men in camo fatigues. I asked the waitress to bring me their bill, $29.63 with tip, and I paid it for them. I feel I still owe them much more.
Later that day, on my way home from work, I stopped at a department store to finish my Christmas shopping. It was hectic and as I waited my turn at the jewelry counter, customer after customer snapped at the lone clerk working. When it was finally my turn, I smiled at her and asked her to help me pick out some earrings for my three daughters. I had a few other things from other sections of the store to pay for and, eyeing the long check out line, the clerk offered to check out my things at her counter. One of the items came up with the wrong price. I pointed that out gently and she looked it up manually and saw that I was correct. She started to apologize and I laughed about it, telling her it was no big deal. I asked her how she stayed sane in this mad house of Christmas shopping. She smiled and told me people had been practically screaming at her all day and I was the first person to treat her civilly. She was so grateful, she told me I was getting the “family and friends” discount. I thanked her, wished her a Merry Christmas and went home.
At home I looked at the receipt. My discount came to exactly $29.63.
Gifts under $13,000 are tax-free; also if the check was made out to the school instead of her it has no tax implication at all.
“Facebook is no place for Christian girls!”
That’s as silly as saying Free Republic is full of racists. Just because a few nut case posters make racially stupid comments doesn’t make the site racist. Just because some girls make idiots of themselves on FB doesn’t make the site stupid.
Or does the phrase ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people’ get lost on you?
“She received two payments
A taxable tip and a non taxable scholar ship.
It is amazing how invasive and corrupting our tax code is.
I think she actually got a possible tax deductible (to the donor) scholarship, a non tax deductible gift, and a taxable tip.
the good guys are still out there wearing the white hats.
Not a coincidence. You've been spoken to by God.
That’s a great story, thanks for posting it. Every once in a while it’s good to remember how God cares for us. Nothing could be clearer than God’s love (and genuine hope) spread through an anonymous couple as this article has demonstrated.
I'm neither a CPA or a tax lawyer, but I think gifts are non-taxable.