A Hawaii server likely never expected to receive a substantial gift, if any, from the Australian diners she waited on during her shift. Not only did Cayla Chandara receive a major tip, but she also got a separate jaw-dropping offer — one that she won't soon forget.
Chandara was working a shift at Noi Thai Cuisine on the island of Waikiki when she met a couple who would make local, national, and even international news with their kindness, KHON2 reports. Chandara works at two different restaurants, and she isn't able to return to school due to high living expenses.
"They asked me where I was from, and I told them I moved here for school but I was kind of in a little bit of debt," Chandara said to KHON2, "and I couldn't go back to school, because I couldn't afford it and the cost of living here."
She apparently struck a chord with the couple because they left her a whopping $400 tip. Their dinner was priced at $200.
Chandara knew she had to say thank you somehow.
"I just thought it was so generous of them. I never get tipped that big. I had to say thank you," she said. "During dinner, they told me where they were staying, so I ran there after work to see if they’d still be there."
After bringing them flowers and a card, the couple came back the next day with another charitable offer: to help Chandara pay back her student loans, which were more than $10,000.
Chandara — who plans to study liberal arts and business when she eventually goes back to school — couldn't accept.
"I was like, 'No way, you don’t have to do that for me. I just wanted to say thank you,'" Chandara said. "I still don’t feel like it's real. I want to run around in the streets."
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