Waitress starts 2020 with a surprise $2,020 tip

  • A woman in Michigan started the year on a happy note when she received a $2,020 tip from an anonymous customer
  • Life has been hard for Danielle Franzoni, who, just a year ago was staying in a homeless shelter
  • She said that the money will help her start over

The year started good for a waitress in Michigan who received a $2,020 tip from her customer—just as she needed it most.

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Danielle Franzoni went to work at Thunder Bay River Restaurant crying out of anxiousness because she was preparing to move out of their old house, which means additional expenses for her.

Little did she know that the answer to her problem will come right away—a customer left a $2,020 tip for her, along with a note that says “Happy New Year. 2020 Tip Challenge.”

Franzoni said she could not believe that the tip was real so she had to ask her manager if it was indeed happening and her manager assured her that it is true.

“They don’t know about my story, they don’t know where I’ve come from, they don’t know how hard it’s been. They’re really just doing this out of the kindness of their heart,” Franzoni told The Alpena News. “Things like this don’t happen to people like me.”

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She shared that she is recovering from drug dependency and that just a year ago, she was living in a homeless shelter. Moving to Alpena, she said, helped her start over. She now works in a job she enjoys and is with a solid support system in the form of her recovery team and even her employer.

“It was the best thing for my recovery to move up here. It was the only thing that was going to keep me clean,” Franzoni admitted.

Now, she plans to use the money to have her driver’s license again and save the rest in case of need. She said she also dreams of being able to open her own women and children’s sobriety house.

In the meantime, she showed gratitude for the blessing she received by giving the waiter a $20.20 tip when she dined out that night. “That was my pay it forward,” she said.

Source: The Alpena News