"My jaw dropped. I couldn't do anything. I was in shock," said waiter Brendan Motill, to ABC 7 News
On a recent slow day, Motill made small talk with the man. When Motill went to collect the bill after the customer had left, he was surprised to see the man had left him an exceedingly generous tip.
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The customer also left a note explaining that he tipped well because he wanted to help others see how powerful kindness can be.
"Thanks for your kind service. You're going a great job as a server. I'm not sure what your hopes and dreams are in this life, but I hope this tip helps," the customer's note read. "My hope is that people were more peaceful to each other. The world can be so negative and violent. I commit random acts of kindness so that others know there can be another way. Peace be with you, brother!"
Motill told ABC 7 that he plans to use the money for college, where he'd like to study accounting.