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Hard-up waitress brought to tears after diner leaves massive tip

Mirror logo Mirror 20/01/2017 Keyan Milanian
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A waitress was brought to tears after a kindhearted diner left her a huge $1,000 (£811) tip.

Stunned Jennifer Peitsch, 20, admitted she first thought the gesture was a mistake.

But she was reassured that the female diner, later named as Lisa Holgate, had deliberately left the tip despite her meal only coming to £71.

Jennifer, a waitress at Mongo's Grill in Winnipeg, Manitoba, told abc News the incident last Saturday had come after a particularly busy and stressful shift.

Credits: ABC News © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: ABC News She said: "This woman told me she used to be a waitress and she understood how I was feeling.

"I thought [the tip] was a mistake, but she assured me it was the right amount, and I just started crying and thanking her so much."

The 20-year-old said she works full time at a grocery shop and often part time as a waitress just to "have enough money to pay the bills."

Incredibly, she later tracked down the diner via a social media post she uploaded describing what had happened.

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The woman, Lisa Julia Holgate, later told CBC she was "ecstatic" for Peitsch.

And she added: "She asked me why I did this, and I said I was a good person, and I figured that she was a good person and she's working hard and she deserves it.

"I just said, 'Pay it forward.'"

Jennifer has now used the money to pay off a credit card debt and is hoping to save enough cash to go to college.

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