Three white men from West Texas who were ostensibly in Washington D.C. to attend Donald Trump’s inaugural stunned a friendly black waitress by leaving her $450 tip on their $72.60 bill, as well as a beautiful note lauding her for her smile and kindness.
On Monday, Rosalynd Harris, a waitress at the restaurant Busboys and Poets who had joined in Women’s March on Saturday, waited on a table of the three white men mid-morning. As The Washington Post reported, “They chatted warmly. They told her they were from West Texas. One was a dentist and complimented her on her smile. They were jovial and fun. She admits now that she probably prejudged them, assuming they were in town for President Trump’s inauguration.”
The men left her the gigantic tip, which was nearly 625% of the bill. They also wrote a heartfelt message on the receipt: “We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless!”
By the time Harris saw the receipt, the men had left. Harris told the Post that she read the words before she saw the tip. She said, “You automatically assume if someone supports Trump that they have ideas about you, but [the customer is] more embracing than even some of my more liberal friends, and there was a real authenticity in our exchange.”
The money came in handy for Harris, a professional dancer. According to the Post, “She started waitressing about a year-and-a-half ago to make extra money to pay her bills. She needs to move to a new apartment soon and has worried about how she’ll have enough cash to pay any upfront costs. She scheduled herself to work extra shifts to ensure she had enough, and the extra $450 is ‘a huge weight off my shoulders.’”
“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American."
Picture of the note below:
We rise by lifting others. A lovely act of kindness pic.twitter.com/S01SV3w8ts— Busboys and Poets (@busboysandpoets) January 24, 2017