The idea of “paying it forward” may seem a little trite, or silly to some, but for others, these random acts of kindness can have a huge impact on the way their day plays out.
We are living in a world that is increasingly fraught with peril. Things get bleak at times, and maybe having someone pay for your drive-thru coffee before you have a chance to could set you on the path to escape that void for even a little while.
And, not going to lie, it feels pretty good to be the bright spot in a stranger’s day as well.
This is precisely what a couple of longtime friends decided to do on an annual “BFF road trip”, and their story is gaining major attention.
Brandy Macumber and Tamara Bane of Winterset decided to pump up their travels to Illinois by adding a “Tip Our Next Server Mission,” reports KCRG. The women started the You Can’t Be Serious? Facebook page and an identically named Venmo (@youcantbeserious), where they’re collecting money that they’ve used to tip restaurant waitstaff handsomely. They started last Tuesday, with Alexis—who has been “working her tail off” and has a three-month-old—being tipped $205 on a $53 tab. “We were so nervous we couldn’t even hold the pen,” the ladies wrote about the experience on Facebook. And the tips only got bigger.
The giving spirit grew as the story spread.
As their Facebook page grew to nearly 3,000 followers and the donations came in, the tips went up. On night two, they left $530 on a $35 tab, and they left $1,015 on a $41 tab on night three. The night four recipient, Kelsey, was given a $985 tip on a $52 tab—and $1,000 in VISA gift cards that she wouldn’t have to share with coworkers or pay taxes on. “We are two women who feel like there is a ton of negativity in the world, and we have both been waitresses before, and we know how much you make,” they tell her on video. Kelsey responds by saying she’s a college student who is working four jobs. The total tip for night five, including gift cards, was $2,760.
When it was all said and done, these pay-it-forward philanthropists donated more than $8,000 to folks throughout Illinois.