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A Winnipeg woman who left a four-figure tip for a stressed-out server says she did so as a lesson to her young sons and as a full believer in the powers of karma.
Lisa Holgate said she wanted to lead by example and let her three sons who were with her learn the power of generosity when she left a $ 1,000 tip for Jennifer Peitsch, a server at Mongo’s Grill on Regent Avenue, last Saturday.
Holgate said she could tell Peitsch was stressed out with a busy crowd that night.
“I’ve just wanted to help people my whole entire life and something told me to just go ahead and do it,” Holgate said.
The grand tip came on an $ 87 bill, and Holgate said “it touched my heart” to see the impact the gesture had on Peitsch, who works two jobs and is trying to make enough money to afford post-secondary schooling.
“I always tip. Not hefty amounts like that, but I always tip and something just told me to go ahead and do it,” Holgate said. “When I have urges I just gotta go with it. I’m all about karma. Karma is all over the place, and it’ll bite you in the ass if you do the wrong thing or make the wrong decision.”
In a Facebook post that has been shared more than 400 times, Peitsch wrote Holgate is “a lovely spirit.”
“Treating people with respect may come back to reward you,” Peitsch wrote, who said she can pay off her credit card debt.
“Keep your head up and always treat every family member, friend, acquaintance, coworker, and stranger with respect. It may come out to help you one day.”