Customer surprises Illinois teen server with $1,000 tip

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A 19-year-old restaurant server says he's still reeling after a customer left him a $1,000 tip. (WLS)

A 19-year-old restaurant server says he's still reeling after a customer left him a $1,000 tip.

"My jaw dropped. I couldn't do anything. I was in shock," said Brendan Motill, who had just recently started working at the Smokey Barque BBQ in south suburban Frankfort.

On a slow day he was chatting with a customer about life. After the man left, Motill realized he'd left the huge tip along with a note.

"The note said, like, 'I don't know what your hopes and dreams are but I hope this helps you accomplish it.' I tried to go out there and he was gone," Motill said.

Motill plans to use the money for college. He said he wants to pursue a career in accounting.

A 19-year-old restaurant server says he's still reeling after a customer left him a $1,000 tip.


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