Customer leaves $1,400 tip at restaurant along with 'COVID sucks' message

By RADIO.COM

A breakfast with a bold message!

Following a big, hearty breakfast at Notchtop Bakery & Cafe, a generous patron left behind an equally hefty tip.

Nailya Khametvalieva owns the Denver restaurant and said the man, who only identified himself as David, ordered eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy. His total came out to $20.04.

David reportedly asked his server how many people were working that day and then ended up leaving a tip of $1,400, which was to be split seven ways giving each employee a $200 tip.

COVID sucks,” he also wrote on the receipt.

"That brought truly tears to all the servers [and] cooks -- you know, nobody ever thinks of cooks -- the cooks were just so surprised and shocked. We were all shocked," Khametvalieva said.

"We did thank him, but I felt like we didn't do it enough,” she added.

While David lives in the area, this was only his second visit to the restaurant. Both times, Gloria Fuentes, was his server.

She told KMGH that she was shocked by his generosity.

"I was like 'Oh my God, am I dreaming or what's going on?'" Fuentes told the outlet.

Jayme Johnson, a server, said the tip was a blessing for his whole family

"It's $200 to me, but it's also $200 for my husband. It's also $200 for my daughters, for things that we needed to make it," he explained.

Khametvalieva never shut down her restaurant, but admitted that COVID-19 made things difficult for the business.

In addition to receiving a PPP loan earlier this year, she said many customers have supported by buying gift cards, which has allowed her to give employees hours.

"I wanted to thank everybody who actually feel for small businesses and people have been so grateful and kind and nice. They have a big heart, especially David," she said.

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