Dec 20 | 2023
We Gave Listeners $10,000 to Hand Out as Tips. See What Happened
Every year, on or around Thanksgiving, our founder Frank Blake stops at a Waffle House. He'll order a normal meal at regular price. And afterward, he'll leave a $50 or $100 tip for the server.
He does this as a way to say "thank you." Somebody waiting tables at a cafe or diner on a holiday is working hard, and may be away from their family.
We feel like that should be acknowledged. So we invited CGT listeners to join Frank in giving out generous tips - on our dime.
Fully 200 of our listeners received $50 gift cards to hand out as oversized tips. They could give them out anywhere, to any server.
Here are some of their stories.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this year's generosity activation! If you want to be a part of a future one, be sure to sign up here.
(Note: stories are edited for length and clarity.)
They went to breakfast the next morning. They said that Patty was very happy and was blown away and close to tears. Patty's hours at work had been cut that week so the extra $50 was very helpful. Also, my mother-in-law has stage 4 breast cancer so she enjoyed being able to help out someone else. It brought joy to my mother-in-law.
RICH MARLAY, Jonesboro, AR
We were so excited to give the Crazy Good Turns letter and gift card to our favorite waitress, Taylor, this past Sunday, November 12th.
My hubby and I go to Annie's Pancake House, here in Mt. Prospect, IL, every Sunday morning at 8:00. We try to always sit in the same booth where we know Taylor will be serving. She works every weekend at Annie's and works full time during the week as a medical assistant.
We LOVE Taylor's beautiful smile and bubbly personality. Thanks for making it possible for us to do this for her!
-NANCY BUSSAN, Mount Prospect, IL
I thank you so much for doing this. It's inspiring! Have a wonderful holiday season!
-GREG McKENZIE, Acworth, GA
It was fun and meaningful to share the work of Crazy Good Turns with everyone in the coffee shop at the time of gifting so my hope is more folks will listen and be touched and inspired as I am.
-LOUISE PROFIT, Pennington, NJ
Thanks for helping us celebrate Jess!
-LANCE SMITH, Sioux Falls, SD
We also added a cash tip as we fully enjoyed her prompt and friendly service during our breakfast service.
Thank you for providing me this opportunity to give back to others, this is why I worked for Home Depot for 27 years.
-CHERYL FERREIRA, Hernando Beach, FL
-SANDRA BARRETT, Foster, RI
-KIM UPCHURCH, Columbus, OH
His name is Andy. He was having a really tough night. It was very busy at the restaurant. He went above and beyond to make my Mothers 87th birthday special.
Andy has made friends for life.
-MICHELE MINNIEAR, West Springfield, MA
I HIGHLY recommend those who can afford to do so do the same. It feels pretty darn good helping others any way you can.
-DOUG PISIK, Marietta, GA
You see, Roberta has been volunteering at the pantry for over three years now. She does a couple of shifts a week and fills in for absences. Evert Wednesday, without failure, she gets up early and makes us all a breakfast treat.
Thank you for letting me brighten her day for a change. Many best wishes to you and yours this holiday season!
-NATALIE McMENAMIN, Quincy, MA
-BEV BACHEL, Minneapolis, MN
We have been coming in for years now with a group of 15-20 people and Belinda is our server almost every time. Usually, we arrive later at night on a Saturday, so Belinda has more than her share of weekend and evening work shifts.
Belinda excels at her job, but even more noticeable is her kind spirit. Belinda's good heart shows in her interactions with people and makes her the kind of person that immediately comes to mind when you are asked "who is your favorite server?" Thank you Belinda!
-CHRIS METCALF, Stevensville, MI
Today, my wife Tina Rossi and I had lunch at The Ogden Tap Room in Wilmington, NC. We were greeted and served by a young lady, Cori, who was an outstanding waitress. With the permission of her manager I, along with my wife, presented the gift card to Cori for her great work.
-MIKE ROSSI, Wilmington, NC
She was so surprised and grateful, and her eyes welled up when she hugged me. She couldn't stop thanking us for the thoughtful gift.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us spread holiday joy to those who deserve it.
-KATHY MATHES, Madison, WI
I grew up in Evanston, IL, home of Northwestern University. My entire life when I have said I was from Evanston, people assumed I attended Northwestern. But Northwestern is very expensive and very difficult to get in. We were not rich, and I was at best a mediocre student. The closest I got was my Grandmother, a Hopi/Mexican Immigrant who had worked in the cafeteria there for over ten years.
Fast forward to last week. I proudly graduated from Kellogg in their Executive Masters Program in Non-Profit Leadership. The final class there is a Capstone Project that is completely immersive-you stay in a residence on campus. Classes run from 8 am to 9 pm with servers at each meal and snacks.
I was completely amazed by the quality of service- it was perfection! And I wanted some way to pay tribute to my Grandmother. So it was a perfect place yesterday for me to give my gift card from you to this lovely woman who had done such excellent work for our group. Here is a photo of Frida, who exemplifies great service.
-RICK PLANOS, Evanston, IL