Eighteen year-old Abigail Sailors was going about her normal day waitressing in a Lincoln, Nebraska Cracker Barrel when two inquisitive customers left in their wake far more than the “standard” tip.
The two men walked into the north Lincoln restaurant and asked to be seated with their grumpiest server. The hostess replied that no one was grumpy there, so she would seat them with the happiest–and happy she was!
The customers at table 222 ordered a turkey and dressing special, and eggs and sausage–then they wanted to know why she was so happy! Sailors, who did not know the men, told them her life story. She was the youngest of five children growing up in Falls City. After her mother suffered a brain injury in a Missouri car crash and her father was unfit to care for the children, she and her siblings spent much of their youth in foster homes–often separated. However, they found a more stable environment nine years ago when they were taken in by John and Susi Sailors. “It’s a great home, great people, amazing,” said Abigail who assumed the Sailors’ last name, “I don’t know how I would have turned out if I didn’t have them. They shaped me to be the person I am today.” The waitress says that despite all that she has been through, she feels blessed.
Sailors told the men about her plans–temporarily on hold–to complete her education at Trinity Bible College, where she is studying youth ministry and psychology. She found herself unable to afford the spring semester, so she told them men she had begun saving her tips and wages to add to her financial aid when she returns to the school next fall. “I’m just thankful,” said Sailors, “Everything we went through, my attitude is: God blessed me with a lot of things.”
The customers kept asking questions, and she kept answering them! When the meal was over, one of the men told her that he had graduated from Trinity–then he opened his checkbook and presented Sailors with a $5,000 check to Trinity to assist with Sailors’ tuition and an additional $1,000 check for personal use. She was also given $100 cash, which she split with another server.
This life-changing tip has drastically changed Abigail’s plans. She will be returning to the school next semester to continue her education and play basketball. When she thanked the men for their kindness, she was simply told to “Thank God.”
This is not the first time people have taken it upon themselves to leave generous tips for serving staff in the name of “the big guy.” Last year, an Instagram account titled “TipsForJesus” was documented around the country leaving tips of $500-$10,000 at random restaurants. As of December, people have given over $50,000 associated with that account.