Diner patron leaves kind Christmas message and $3,000 tip


Dwayne Clarke, 59, generously left a $3,000 tip and a sweet holiday message for employees at a Washington state diner.

After finishing a meal at The Brief Encounter Cafe in Bellevue, Wash. on Saturday, Clarke, the CEO of Aegis Living, wanted to leave a complimentary gift to the staff for the holiday season.

He left a $3,000 tip on a $39.60 bill, and on the back of the receipt wrote the following:

“You guys do a great job! When I was 7, I washed dishes and my mom cooked in a diner like this. We were dirt poor and didn’t have money for Christmas. Hopefully, this will help all of you have a better Christmas.”

Staffers, who have described Clarke as a friendly guy who sits in the same booth and orders the same breakfast (eggs over easy, hash browns and extra crispy bacon), were reportedly in tears over his act of kindness. Several said the money was needed.



Clarke would like to see his act of kindness become a larger movement.

“We are living in this great time of not connecting with each other — whether it’s the political situation, or whether it’s technology,” Clarke told the TODAY Show. “I think the reason (people like this story) is not because of the money, but because of this shared connection. Wouldn’t it be great if we all fed each other’s souls in a positive way?”


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