Surprise, excitement as Ashley Green, other Workers at Florida Restaurant, Share in Diner’s unusual $10,000 Tip

A diner at a north Florida restaurant gathered the staff of 10 together to thank them for their hard work before leaving them a $10,000 tip to share. Among those benefitting from the big tip was Ashley Green, who was called into work that day. She had recently endured a rough time because her daughter was ill.

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Grills at Wahoo Seafood Grill, north Florida

A diner at a north Florida restaurant gathered the staff of 10 together to thank them for their hard work before leaving them a tip of $10,000 to share. Among those benefitting from the big tip was Ashley Green, who was called into work that day. She had recently endured a rough time because her daughter was ill.

It happened last Tuesday night as the man, his wife and son finished their dinner at the Wahoo Seafood Grill.

Shawn Shepherd, who owns Wahoo, told the newspaper he got a call from his employees that night, alerting him to the big $10,000 tip. His first thought was to be suspicious. “Check his ID and the name on the back of his credit card,” Shepherd advised the employee who called.

But the restaurant’s point-of-sale system approved the transaction. Shepherd said he checked back the next day to make sure the money ($10,000 tip) was still there.

“Watching these guys get their check was almost as good as Christmas morning,” Shepherd said.

He said he’s very thankful to the diner because his employees have been loyal to the restaurant through the pandemic.

“Ashley’s had a hard month, she’s been not able to work. Kid has been in and out of the hospital. It’s been absolutely a really stressful time for her,” Shepherd said.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, Shepherd said he temporarily closed the Wahoo and lost some $30,000 in food.

the Wahoo and lost some $30,000 in food.

“I knew nothing about curbside, I knew nothing about delivery and takeout. We weren’t prepared for that. We didn’t even have the containers to do it,” Shepherd said.

He noted that the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association and the Alachua County Chamber of Commerce were a big help, finding them emergency funding to pay the employees. He reopened the Wahoo in May.

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