A patron paid the restaurant tab for seven different families and left his server a $1,500 tip at a Denny's. See Example(s)
Collected via Facebook, April 2016
Man sits at Denny’s for 2 hours without ordering, then does the unthinkable:
Today I met an angel. You came into a Denny’s I work at in Utah. You asked me, ‘Can I have a waitress who is a single mother?’ I thought it was very odd, but I sat you in Crystal’s section. You sat there for 2 hours just watching people. 7 families came in and ate while you were there and you paid every one of their bills, over $1,000 you paid for people you didn’t even know. I asked, ‘Why did you do that?’ You simply said, ‘Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.’ Looking into your eyes while you said that made me tear up (It’s why I walked away so quickly) as soon as I got in the back I broke down in tears because your eyes had so much pain in them. I just wanted to let you know, the waitress Crystal that you requested was living in a shelter with her son until she was able to save up enough to get a place. Your bill was $21.34 and you left her a $1,500 tip, because of you she gets her new place next week, because of you 7 families ate for free. Crystal told me she prayed the night before for a miracle and God sent you. You left before any of us could say thank you, I hope you read this because you’re truly an amazing person and you stole the hearts of every one of us here. Thank you.
On 1 April 2016, the web site “Love What Matters” posted the above-reproduced tale of a patron who paid the tab for seven different families and left his server a $1,500 tip at a Denny’s restaurant because, he said, “Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.” The story quickly racked up over 100,000 shares on Facebook and achieved additional virality when the Tribune Media Wire distributed it to news outlets who ran it under such clickbaiting headlines as “Man sits at Denny’s for 2 hours without ordering, then does the unthinkable” — without any additional commentary or discussion of whether the story might actually be true.
NBC’s Dateline reported that they had contacted the man in question (identified only as “Briggs”), who said he had performed the same act multiple times and the current report was exaggerated:
“I’ve done this many times, but this is the one that got out,” the man, who asked only to be identified as Briggs, [said].
Briggs said that initial reports of him paying $1,000 to cover some of the families’ meals are exaggerated; he really paid about $600 for everyone in the restaurant. The report about Crystal he says is true.
And the reason he wanted to help a single mother specifically?
“I grew up with a single mother of six. We were poor and homeless a lot,” Briggs told Dateline. “I watched and suffered for years as I watched her work her hands to the bone to give us a good life. She raised us to be kind and help others. Many years down the road, I was facing prison and getting in trouble. It ended up causing me to lose my family because I was a really terrible person.”
Briggs says he eventually turned his life around. He has opened his own business and become a success.
On 11 April 2016, a Denny’s representative told us that they have so far been unable to confirm the story but they are still looking into it.