Single mother receives symbolic tip from strangers before the new year

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When you go out to a restaurant, how much do you tip your server? 15 percent? 20 percent? Maybe 25 percent if you’re feeling generous?

Two regulars at a Michigan restaurant were feeling extremely generous before the start of a new decade and decided to surprise one lucky waitress by leaving her a tip like no other.

“They wrote on the receipt Happy New Year Danielle 2020 challenge,” Danielle Franzoni told WXYZ. “I cried. I started crying and went right to my manager and asked if this was real.”

Franzoni received a $2,020 tip on a $23 bill.

Franzoni, a single mother from Detroit, recently moved to Alpena, Michigan to “start over and get sober.” She’s made progress – on her way to two years sober from opioids – and now two strangers’ kindness will help her even more.

“It’s a blessing,” she said.

When she moved to Alpena, she had nothing but the clothes on her back and found herself living in a homeless shelter before she found her current job at Thunder Bay River Restaurant. Now, the tip money will go towards her new home and a driver’s license, something Franzoni hasn’t had in a decade.

“They gave my kids a life that they don’t even know that they didn’t have. And I have a chance.”

With a license, Franzoni will be able to visit her kids more often and teach her daughter to drive.

“I’m going to build a future because of this. My kids have a future and I have a home,” Franzoni said. “It’s a big deal. It’s a really big deal.”

This isn’t the only instance a server has received a larger than normal tip. Donnie Wahlberg left a $2,020 tip for his server at an Illinois IHOP on New Years day.

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