After a slew of news stories coming out about people not tipping essential workers and larger corporations financially benefitting off of local restaurants, an anonymous barbershop patron in Denver has given humanity a little bit of hope.
Ilisia Novotny, a stylist at Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, remembered the customer coming in towards the end of her shift on the first day the salon was allowed to reopen.
Novotny told the Denver Post that when the man went up to pay, he said to her, “it’s not a mistake.” Novotny had no idea what he was talking about until she saw the store copy of the customer’s receipt.
The man had left Novotny a $2,500 tip on a $27 haircut, as well as a $1,000 tip for the general manager, $500 for the receptionist and $1,800 to be divided up among the 18 barbers and stylists working at the shop.
“To have someone hand me $2,500, and then come back to give out such generous tips to all my colleagues really just left me speechless,” Novotny told Fox News. “After not being able to work for the last few months I can’t even tell you how much this means to us all.”
Novotny also said that in the months leading up to the barbershop reopening, she’d had trouble paying her bills — especially since she was a single mother. The tip helped her out more than the anonymous customer could have anticipated.
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