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Waitress gets $500 tip on $5 check from breakfast customer

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  • Indianapolis waitress shocked at generosity of regular customer
  • Full-time server and student will use windfall to pay bills

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 18:45 EST, 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 18:46 EST, 15 May 2013

Waitress CeCe Bruce started her breakfast shift at the Steak 'n Shake with a bigger smile than usual after a customer left her a tip for nearly $500 tip for a $5 order.

The waitress, who fits in her full-time job at the Indianapolis diner alongside her studies, was shocked and delighted by the customer's generosity.

'It makes you look at life a little more positively,' Ms Bruce said.

Serving up a smile: CeCe Bruce at the Steak 'n Shake in Indianapolis, where she has worked for two years

Serving up a smile: CeCe Bruce at the Steak 'n Shake in Indianapolis, where she has worked for two years

The waitress, who has worked at the Steak 'n Shake in north Indianapolis for two years, told WishTV: 'All the worries that I have are kind of like out the door for the day, you know.'

The generous customer known as Miss Jo, who regularly enjoys a breakfast on Wednesdays at the diner, had watched while Ms Bruce waited on her table, as well as a table of four.

When it came to paying the $5.97 bill, the woman added nearly $500 to the tip.

Ms Bruce at first thought there had been made a mistake, and told her customer: 'No, no. That's too much. I can't take that.'

'I couldn't believe it,' she told the WTHR news channel. 'Miss Jo is such a nice person. It's just incredible.'

Generous helping: One of CeCe's regular customers left the $446 tip for her $5.97 order

Generous helping: One of CeCe's regular customers left the $446 tip for her $5.97 order

Greer Gooley, the restaurant's general manager, was not surprised that Ms Bruce's efforts were recognised, saying: 'She stays late, comes in early. Whenever we need her, she's here. So she deserves it more than anyone.'

The manager added: 'It just lets servers know that you work hard and it does pay off. There are people out there that [if] you do your job people reward you for it.'

The Steak 'n Shake in Indianapolis is part of a chain of nearly 500 restaurants founded in in Normal, Illinois, in 1934.

While most people would have used the unexpected windfall to treat themselves, Ms Bruce is keeping her feet firmly on the ground and plans to use the tip to pay bills.

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