GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — The hardworking unit of a northbound Florida edifice was fixed a $10,000 extremity to stock from a precise grateful diner.
It happened past Tuesday nighttime arsenic the man, his woman and lad finished their meal astatine the Wahoo Seafood Grill, the Gainesville Sun reported.
Shawn Shepherd, who owns Wahoo, told the paper helium got a telephone from his employees that night, alerting him to the large tip. His archetypal thought was to beryllium suspicious.
“Check his ID and the sanction connected the backmost of his recognition card,” Shepherd advised the worker who called.
But the restaurant’s point-of-sale strategy approved the transaction. Shepherd said helium checked backmost the adjacent time to marque definite the wealth was inactive there.
“Watching these guys get their cheque was astir arsenic bully arsenic Christmas morning,” Shepherd told the Sun.
He said he’s precise thankful to the diner due to the fact that his employees person been loyal to the edifice done the pandemic.
Among those benefitting from the large extremity was Ashley Green, who was called into enactment that day. She had precocious endured a unsmooth clip due to the fact that her girl was ill.
“She’s had a hard month, she’s been not capable to work. Kid has been successful and retired of the hospital. It’s been perfectly a truly stressful clip for her,” Shepherd said.
When the coronavirus pandemic began, Shepherd said helium temporarily closed the Wahoo and mislaid immoderate $30,000 successful food.
“I knew thing astir curbside, I knew thing astir transportation and takeout. We weren’t prepared for that. We didn’t adjacent person the containers to bash it,” Shepherd
He noted that the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association and the Alachua County Chamber of Commerce were a large help, uncovering them exigency backing to wage the employees. He reopened the Wahoo successful May.
He said he’s indebted to his employees due to the fact that they’ve helped support the edifice afloat during hard times.
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