WHITE OAK, TX (KLTV) - Tipping at a fast food restaurant happens, but not often. And, when it does happen, you get one, two, maybe $5 if you're lucky. But, East Texas native, Kim Clay must have provided some unbelievable service Thursday because as a happy customer left a Whataburger in White Oak, he handed Clay an early Christmas gift.
"He just came up to me, and handed it to me, and said Merry Christmas," said Clay. "And, then I looked at it and by the time I looked back up, he was gone. I just believe that he felt like giving."
During a busy lunch hour Thursday afternoon, Whataburger Assistant Manager, Clay stood behind the service counter waiting on a customer when another pulled to the front of the line.
"I didn't know if he was going to complain or what he was going to say or just say thank you or have a good day," said Clay.
It turns out that customer was having a wonderful day, and wanted to share his joy with her by handing her a $100. It was a generous tip that caught Clay off-guard.
"Shocked...but very happy because it was something unexpected, and at this time it was something that was needed," said Clay.
She is a single mother with three grown children. Clay says, for a second or two, she considered spending the money on herself. Then, decided to spend the big tip on stocking stuffers for her employees.
"I strive to make people feel good, feel special and stuff and I believe that yes, it does come back," said Clay.
She may not know his name. But, it's an act of kindness she will never forget.
"He actually made, made my Christmas," said Clay. "It was very special, and a blessing."
Until Thursday, Clay says that $5 is the biggest tip she has ever received.