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Waitress gets huge Christmas gratuity

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) -- Waitress Sarah Nilsen got an early Christmas present in the mail this week: A $10,000 tip from one of her regular customers.

The check, made out to Nilsen's 11-month-old son, came from an older widower who patronizes the Newcomb Farms restaurant, where Nilsen, 22, waits tables twice a week.

The man, whom Nilsen would not identify, sits at the same table and orders the same meal every Wednesday.

Nilsen, who also works full-time at an insurance agency, said she's been talking to the man about her son Andrew since he visited the restaurant with her when he was 3 months old.

Last Wednesday, Nilsen and her customer had more reason than usual to talk.

''I said, 'I don't know how I can thank you,''' Nilsen recalled.

His reply: ''I just wanted to do something for you.''

Nilsen and her husband, Jeffrey, plan to put the money in Andrew's college savings account. She said she's sure Andrew will meet his benefactor at the restaurant many times.



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