Awesome - Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why

Anyone who has ever worked in the service industry will tell you how stressful it can be to work at a bar or a restaurant. Some people can become antsy when they’re waiting for their food and drinks, or if something they ordered doesn’t really meet their expectations. Other people get annoyed if they wait for their server for too long, even if the bar or restaurant is cramped. It’s important to remember that servers such as bartenders and waiters are just people and not superheroes and sometimes they make mistakes. Of course, there are many customers who are emphatic and full of understanding. The only question is, are you going to serve a rude or a nice customer?
A bartender from Connecticut was having a very busy night working at a bar which was packed to the brim. She was exhausted and when a group of customers asked if they could speak to her privately, she had no idea what to expect. Since this request came from a group of men she had never seen before in her life, she decided to ask her manager for help. However, what these customers did was very unexpected.

Seagrape Café’s Bartender, Ashley

Ashley Latella was a bartender like any others, she worked hard at the Seagrape Cafe in Fairfield, Connecticut and always tried her best.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
She knew that her customers’ happiness and satisfaction were her responsibility so she always worked tirelessly in order to provide anyone who walked into the bar the best possible service. Even though it’s not an easy job, Ashley was a professional. However, she never expected that something like this could ever happen to her.

A Night Like Any Other

One stormy Saturday evening in December, the bar was just as busy as usual. It was full of college students who were taking a break from their exhausting finals and the Christmas spirit was in the air. It’s probably an understatement to say that it was a busy night.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Ashley was very confused by the swarm of college students that piled into her bar and both Ashley and her manager, Carlos Carmo, were quite overwhelmed by the situation. Carmo said that it was extremely busy that night and because of the DJ who was blasting music and the college students who were yelling rather than talking, it was “tough to have a conversation.”

A Group of Strangers

At this part of the story we’re introduced to the three strange men. While most of the other customers were loud and rowdy college students, these men were the complete opposites. According to Carlos, they were in their early forties, good looking and they seemed to be in good shape.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Nothing besides that seemed out of the ordinary and neither Carlos nor Ashley expected them to anything out of the ordinary. However, anyone who has worked as a bartender of waiter for some time knows that the quiet customers could possibly be the craziest ones. The ones who hide their cards and have strange requests.

Speaking of Strange Requests

These three men had a request that left Ashley flabbergasted. When they first wanted to talk to her, she figured they were just old customers but she was still surprised and put off by what they had to say to her. After they finished their drinks, they didn’t want to settle their bill right then and there. Instead, they asked her if they could pay their bill in private.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
She couldn’t imagine what they could say to her that couldn’t be said in a crowded bar where nobody would overhear them anyway. She couldn’t understand why they wanted privacy and her mind stared to race, trying to figure out the motive behind this request.

Overthinking Everything

It’s not hard to imagine what kinds of thoughts Ashley had in her mind. It’s always a risk to work in a bar, especially if you’re a woman. These were three fully grown men and she was a young bartender. She couldn’t know if they were dangerous since she had never seen them before in her life. On the other hand, they could have been nice people who had a good reason for asking her to talk in private.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Maybe they found her attractive, maybe they had an issue with how she did something, or maybe they just wanted to compliment her for being an excellent bartender. There were so many possibilities and since there was only one way to find out what was going on, she knew she needed some help.

Calling the Manager

She was thankful that her manager Carlos was at the bar and she decided that she would only agree to talk to the three men in private only if Carlos joined them.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
When Carlos agreed, she was relieved. No matter if the situation turned out to be dangerous, or the men simply had a complaint she knew that she could handle it with her manager’s help. She felt safe knowing that Carlos would be there for support.

They Never Saw It Coming

After Ashley asked Carlos to investigate the situation and make sure that there was nothing wrong, he went over to the men to see what was going on. All they wanted to know if they were upset about anything and to avoid any trouble.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
However, when they finally went somewhere more private, they found out that these three strangers weren’t upset. In fact, they were very satisfied with the service and so they said something very interesting to Ashley and Carlos.

Impressed With the Service

These three men spent all their time there observing the four bartenders while they handled such a busy night and so many demanding customers. They were very impressed with what they saw.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Carlos and Ashley were very relieved when they said that all they wanted was to give the bartenders a tip. However, tipping is nothing out of the ordinary so they still weren’t sure why these customers wanted to talk about this in private.

A Generous Tip

Ashley and Carlos soon found out why they asked to settle their check in private. It turned out that the tip was quite large, and the men didn’t want to draw too much attention to themselves.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
One of the three handled a check to Carlos and the manager was extremely shocked when he saw the number on it. He could see the amount of $500 and it seemed incredible to him that anyone would give such a generous tip. But then he was asked to look a bit more closely.

Count the Zeros

Even though Carlos was convinced that the tip was $500, he still listened to the strangers when they asked him to look at the check one more time. When he saw another zero, he realized how wrong he was.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
It turned out that these men had tipped Carlos and his staff a whopping $5,000. If Carlos and Ashley were beyond grateful that the tip was $500, you can only imagine how shocked and exited they were when they realized how large the number really was. However, Ashley still had the best reaction.

Ashley’s Break Down

Carlos’ shock was obvious when his face turned pale white, but Ashley had a much stronger reaction. When she later talked about it, she said that she had burst into tears.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Even though tips are how most people in the service industry make a living and they’re a huge part of their salaries, almost nobody is ever this generous when tipping. Ashley was so moved by the gesture that she even gave one of the men a big hug.

The Mysterious Tippers

Even though their bill was only $112, they decided to leave a $5,000 tip and this, of course, brings forth a lot of questions, but primarily: who were these men?
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
They could have been just about anyone. Wealthy businessmen, professional athletes, billionaires. One thing was certain, they were people who didn’t think twice about tipping $5,000. However, another question remains: why exactly had they chosen Ashley and Seagrape’s Café?

Doing the Lord’s Work

It turned out that these weren’t some ordinary men who just wanted to be generous at a local bar. They’re actually a group called Tips for Jesus, who claim that they’re “doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Their belief is that if they give people tips, they can make the world a better place, even if it’s one server at a time. There’s no denying that they made the staff ofSeagrape’s Café feel like they were really appreciated for their hard work. However, they weren’t the only lucky people who were visited by these tippers.

Across the Entire Country

It turns out that Tips for Jesus had been visiting bars all around the country and giving large tips to the hard working waiters and bartenders who deserved them. Just recently the visited three different restaurants in Manhattan where they tipped the workers a total of $11,500.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
In one bar, a bartender got a $1,000 tip for a $85 tab and according to some rumors, Tips for Jesus can even offer $10,000 at certain places.

Spreading the Love

Ashley was extremely grateful for the tip she received, and she didn’t want to keep all of that money just for herself. She wanted to use the money for a good cause, so the girl went to a toy store, bought a ton of toys and donated them to a local toy drive, Al’s Angels.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Ashley proved that she was deserving of such a generous and thoughtful gesture, because she knew how one good deed can lead to another.

Choosing the Right Person

However, Ashley’s decision to use a part of her tip to buy toys for needy children wasn’t just an impulsive decision. It turns out that Ashley had been donating what she could to the needy for some time.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
“I’ve been trying to gather toys at my office. Toys, blankets,” she said. So, it seems fitting that Tips for Jesus picked her for the tip, like they knew she was going to put the money in good use.

Carlos’ Realization

As for Carlos, the money he received from Tips for Jesus had a very interesting effect, it sparked a sort of belief within him.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
He says that after the good men from Tips for Jesus visited his bar, he finally understood that everything he believed in up to that point was proven correct. It instilled his belief in karma, because he is a strong believer of doing what’s right. He then talked about what he’s like when he goes out to eat.

Believing in Karma

When Carlos goes out to eat with his girlfriend, they always tip them a little extra. However, they don’t do this because they thought something good was going to come out of it.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Carlos said that he does this because it’s the right thing to do. “I guess it’s just good karma,” he said. It’s a good thing that Tips for Jesus decided to reward two people who were just as generous as they were.

Expanding the Mission

It turns out that Tips for Jesus decided to keep their mission going and expand it outside of America. They are now traveling all around the world, surprising unexpected but deserving bartenders.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
After they went to Russia, they posted a picture to their Instagram with a bartender ecstatic over a tip, and in the caption, they wrote: “Anna. Thank you for putting up with our awful attempts at speaking the Russian language. We tried.”

Tips as Real as They Can Be

One of their pictures which taken at Yellowstone Garage in Wyoming, shows that these tips are actually real.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
The thought of Tips for Jesus one day walking into your workplace makes you wish to become a bartender much larger. In the picture which was taken in Wyoming, the generous men received a bill for $173, but their overall payment was $5173. However, one question still remains.

What Is Their Money Source?

Considering that these men donate large amounts of money to bartenders all over the world, it’s only natural to wonder where all of that money is coming from. Honestly, nobody knows because these men are quiet about this topic, but we can still speculate.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
It just begs the question who would want to donate that much money to bartenders? Even though they deserve it, there are still many deserving people all over the world.

Mysterious Donors

One idea that could explain the source of all that money is that since they’re a Christian organization, it’s quite possible that the money is donated by religious observers.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
On the other hand, it might not be a group of religious people, but maybe just one very wealthy Christian who wants to donate his money to a worthy cause.

A Three Dollar Bill

We’ve already seen these men give $5,000 tips to bill that were $100 and higher. However, once they added a $5,000 tip to a bill that was only $3. They post pictures of their tips on Instagram, and sometimes people comment on their posts.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
One Instagram user by the name of “eladioalbornoz” wrote in all caps how they were a student who desperately needed money. “I would love to get help from you,” they wrote.

Everyone Wants a Visit from Tips for Jesus

Many people would love for Tips for Jesus to walk into their bar. One person from Thailand wrote how it would be wonderful if they paid them a visit. He said it would be “an honor.”
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
“Even our main religion is not Christian but we do believe God has no love boundaries,” they wrote. Unfortunately, even though they obviously have a lot of it, their money isn’t limitless and they can’t give some to everybody, even if they wanted to.

Another Grateful Bartender, Amber

One other young woman who got a generous tip was a girl by the name of Amber. On an Instagram post, Tips for Jesus thanked the girl who had a very grateful expression on her face.
Costumers Ask to Settle the Bill Privately, When Bartender Comes, She Realizes Why
Even though she looks like she’s not quite sure what happened to her, she still looks like she doesn’t think she deserves all of that money. However, those people are most often the ones who deserve such a generous contribution. Way to go Amber, you deserved this.

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