A grieving waitress in Baytown, Texas, had been struggling over the holiday season, but one patron reminded her that there is still good in the world.
On New Years Eve, waitress Heather Schelsteder was partway through her shift at Cheddar's Casual Cafe when she seated a customer who made sure the new year would be better than her previous one.
KHOU reports that the patron was accompanied by two young boys, and as Schelsteder struck up small talk at the table, the customer shared that she was a criminal psychologist who was experiencing emotional turmoil. Apparently, the customer would be interviewing war veterans suffering from PTSD, but she was still mourning the loss of her brother who was killed in a war. Schelsteder then revealed to the patron that her grandmother had passed away on Nov. 23, 2015, and she was struggling to cope each day. The pair shared a tearful moment before collecting themselves, and Schelsteder attended to other restaurant patrons.
The customer finished her meal and left, but not before leaving a massive surprise for Schelsteder. She left the waitress a $100 tip for a $27 meal, and wrote on the receipt, "Have an amazing New Year! It gets easier."
Through her tears, Schelsteder told reporters, "It made me feel so special and important, like she understood because she also left a note that things will get better, because she knew the heart of losing someone."
The customer left before Schelsteder was able to properly thank her, but the 370-percent tip from this charitable soul will not be forgotten.