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Lincoln waitress receives the tip of a lifetime
http://journalstar.com/ ^ | 1/5/14 | PETER SALTER

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. I’ll 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 wasn’t 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 Abigail’s 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 father’s house. But then he was arrested for abuse, too.

They didn’t 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.

“It’s a great home, great people, amazing,” said Abigail, who took their last name. “I don’t know how I would have turned out if I didn’t 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 she’s studying youth ministry and psychology.

But she’s paying her own way, and didn’t 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.

“She’s always been a good worker and paid her own bills and saved her money,” her foster father said. “She’s a great girl. It’s amazing where she is from, what she’s 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 isn’t.

“I’m just thankful. Everything we went through, my attitude is: God blessed me with a lot of things. I’m doing good. That’s all that matters to me.”

The customers — one older, one middle-aged — kept asking questions. Abigail kept answering. She didn’t know them. They weren’t regulars at the north Lincoln restaurant. She did learn they were from Nebraska, and she learned their names, but didn’t 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, who’d felt like she already had so much, now had even more.

“I couldn’t believe it. I tried to thank them, and they said, ‘thank God.’”


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KEYWORDS: abigailsailors; crackerbarrel; optimism; religion
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Moderator, I put this in News/Activism so it could ride on the sidebar for a while. The story is too good not to be shared.

I had a tinge of tear at the ending.

1 posted on 01/06/2014 4:28:56 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Just wow.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 4:32:06 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Rebelbase

Just a tinge? :-)


3 posted on 01/06/2014 4:32:48 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Rebelbase; SLB

Amazing story! Thank you for sharing it.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 4:33:33 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Rebelbase

wiping away tears......


5 posted on 01/06/2014 4:38:15 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Rebelbase

Hmmm...Well she is happy now until the Marxist run IRS comes knocking.


6 posted on 01/06/2014 4:38:21 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Rebelbase

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!


7 posted on 01/06/2014 4:38:55 PM PST by nfldgirl
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To: Rebelbase

BTTT


8 posted on 01/06/2014 4:39:21 PM PST by deport
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To: Rebelbase

Wow, that’s a beautiful story RB. Thank you for sharing.

And on your last line, me too!


9 posted on 01/06/2014 4:39:43 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Rebelbase

She is a lovely young Lady and what comes from her heart radiates to make her so.


10 posted on 01/06/2014 4:40:50 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Mean Maryjean

Not only did the couple make one person feel happy, but countless others who will read this story.


11 posted on 01/06/2014 4:41:48 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Red_Devil 232


12 posted on 01/06/2014 4:43:22 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Rebelbase

awesome. There is still some good left in the world.


13 posted on 01/06/2014 4:44:04 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Rebelbase

Thanks for the heartwarming post. The people to whom I forwarded it will also be thankful, I’m sure.


14 posted on 01/06/2014 4:44:36 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

She received two payments

A taxable tip and a non taxable scholar ship.


15 posted on 01/06/2014 4:46:56 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Rebelbase

more than a tinge...thank you for sharing this.


16 posted on 01/06/2014 4:47:09 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Rebelbase

We should never forget how good things can be and how bad they can be.

Thanks for the post


17 posted on 01/06/2014 4:47:56 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Rebelbase
At Cracker Barrel. Fabulous.

I wonder if something like this has ever happened at a restaurant in Hollywood.
18 posted on 01/06/2014 4:52:03 PM PST by Shannon
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To: Rebelbase
Google Images not all are of her

I find a facebook but not sure it is hers.

19 posted on 01/06/2014 4:54:25 PM PST by deport
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To: Rebelbase

Amazing story.


20 posted on 01/06/2014 4:54:56 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Rebelbase

Mega BUMP!

Thanks for posting.


21 posted on 01/06/2014 4:58:56 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Rebelbase

Happy bump


22 posted on 01/06/2014 5:08:14 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: Rebelbase

well Im BooHooing here...


23 posted on 01/06/2014 5:09:01 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Red_Devil 232

Life is hard........God is Good!


24 posted on 01/06/2014 5:12:06 PM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty and Let the the Stupid AmericanTaxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Dang right! Don’t report that, just like the obomacare people say!


25 posted on 01/06/2014 5:14:51 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: Rebelbase

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.

Thank you.


26 posted on 01/06/2014 5:15:42 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
until the Marxist run IRS comes knocking

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 wages—although, 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.

27 posted on 01/06/2014 5:18:14 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: Rebelbase

Very very good story! I’m wiping my eyes.


28 posted on 01/06/2014 5:28:55 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: Shannon

Yes all the time. In fact it happens so often that people don’t even bother reporting the stories anymore.


29 posted on 01/06/2014 5:30:10 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: Rebelbase

Now THAT is what America is really all about.


30 posted on 01/06/2014 5:30:17 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Rebelbase

What a wonderful story. God is good.


31 posted on 01/06/2014 5:46:23 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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.


32 posted on 01/06/2014 5:56:15 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Rebelbase

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.


33 posted on 01/06/2014 6:34:29 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
The IRS minions will be furious that a private school only charges $5,000 for a year of schooling - bet someone suddenly decides to check their accreditation.
34 posted on 01/06/2014 6:36:52 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Rebelbase

God bless them. Thank you for posting.


35 posted on 01/06/2014 7:20:48 PM PST by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe (yup, I belong))
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To: Rebelbase

Thanks for posting this!


36 posted on 01/06/2014 7:23:49 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: Rebelbase

Bump


37 posted on 01/06/2014 7:25:40 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Rebelbase

Thank you! This story cheered me up, after a moderately crummy day :)


38 posted on 01/06/2014 9:14:51 PM PST by catbertz
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To: catbertz

I was just thinking the same thing.


39 posted on 01/07/2014 12:16:47 AM PST by gattaca ("If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain)
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To: deport
I find a facebook but not sure it is hers.

Facebook is no place for Christian girls!

40 posted on 01/07/2014 12:40:47 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Rebelbase

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.


41 posted on 01/07/2014 5:37:20 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

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.


42 posted on 01/07/2014 5:42:40 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: JimRed

“Facebook is no place for Christian girls!”


What???

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?


43 posted on 01/07/2014 5:47:56 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: bert

“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.


44 posted on 01/07/2014 6:32:55 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Rebelbase

Awesome story!


45 posted on 01/07/2014 6:33:12 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Rebelbase

thanks RB

nice story

the good guys are still out there wearing the white hats.


46 posted on 01/07/2014 6:36:32 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: Rebelbase
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
47 posted on 01/07/2014 6:38:05 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: muir_redwoods
At home I looked at the receipt. My discount came to exactly $29.63.

Not a coincidence. You've been spoken to by God.

48 posted on 01/07/2014 7:51:33 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Rebelbase

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.


49 posted on 01/07/2014 8:11:32 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Well she is happy now until the Marxist run IRS comes knocking.

I'm neither a CPA or a tax lawyer, but I think gifts are non-taxable.

50 posted on 01/07/2014 8:41:25 AM PST by ELS
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