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Couple Leaves Very Generous Tip to Server, Despite Receiving Horrible Service — They Explained Why on Facebook


"So here's the deal. Our service tonight sucked."

An Iowa couple left a very generous tip at a restaurant over the weekend, despite receiving horrible service while dining.

Makenzie and Steven Schultz left a $100 tip on a bill of $66.65 Saturday night. They later turned to Facebook to explain the reasoning behind their unusual move.

"So here's the deal. Our service tonight sucked," Makenzie wrote. "Took 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for our entree. People all around us were making fun of the restaurant & how bad the service was. Yeah, it was pretty terrible."

"But, it was very obvious that the issue was being short staffed, not the server," she continued. "He was running around like crazy and never acted annoyed with any table. At one point we counted he had 12 tables plus the bar. More than any one person could handle!"

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Makenzie explained that as they sat at their table, they watched the waiter "run back and forth," apologizing for the wait to each customer. The Iowa woman and her husband recounted the days they worked as servers.

"Wow, this used to be us," she said.

"Steven and I agreed it would feel good to make this guys night when he would probably be getting minimal to no tips due to slow service," Makenzie wrote.

In addition to the very generous tip, the couple left a motivating message on the receipt.

"We've been in your shoes," it said. "Paying it forward."

Since Makenzie posted the story on Facebook, it has amassed more than 1.4 million likes and 180,000 shares.

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