Waitress who always greets everyone with big smile ends up getting the tip of a lifetime

June 18, 2018 6:50 pm Last Updated: June 18, 2018 6:50 pm

When you’re at work, it helps to keep a smile on your face. Even if it’s just a job to put food on the table, a positive attitude makes any day into something special.

One waitress’s hard work and kindness were repaid in a huge way.

Michelle Bozeman, from Lewis County, Washington, has been working as a waitress for over 20 years. The job has helped her raise three kids on her own.

Now a grandmother of seven, she currently works at Ramblin’ Jacks Rib Eye in Napavine.

Bozeman loves her job and coworkers—and even at times when the job gets stressful, years on the job has taught Bozeman to keep a positive attitude at work.

She always greets customers with a big smile.

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But during a recent shift, it was a customer who really gave her something to smile about.

On Sunday, May 20, Bozeman served a couple in the restaurant. After greeting them with her usual sunny demeanor, she ended up chatting with them about her life.

She told them about her kids and grandkids, and how she’s provided for them over the years.

“They were just a really nice couple,” Bozeman told Today.

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The restaurant was busy that day, so when the customers finished their meal, they left without Bozeman noticing.

It all seemed like nothing out of the ordinary—until a coworker showed her their bill. Bozeman was left stunned.

“I looked at it and was astounded,” Bozeman said.

The couple left a $3,000 tip!

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The couple obviously wanted to thank Bozeman for her excellent service—but went way beyond the customary 20 percent.

The tippers will remain anonymous, but Bozeman was incredibly grateful and blown away, by their random act of kindness.

“It just restored my faith in humanity, that’s for sure,” Bozeman told KING 5.

Along with the massive tip, the couple left a kind note for their waitress:

Thanks for smiling. You work hard and the country is in a bad place. Please do something good for another human being. Enjoy. Have credit card company call if they question the tip.

(The receipt was reportedly accepted by the credit card company with no issues.)

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The note asked Bozeman to do something good for someone else—and she immediately made good on that request, sharing her tip with friends and family.

“What a world of difference it’ll make in my life, and I will definitely pay it forward,” she told Today.

She shared some of her money with her co-workers, plans on “spoiling” her grandkids, and will use some of it on housework.

But she also plans on treating herself, finally taking a long-awaited trip to Ireland with her friend.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland,” she told KING 5. “I’ll have a Guinness for them.”

The tip was a stunning act of generosity, but it seems like it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving waitress.

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