I’m a diner worker who received a whopping tip — just in time for Christmas

What better way to end 2022 than with a tip of $2,200?

Tayler Sullivan was working her regular shift at Delano’s Diner in Wichita, Kansas, last week when she waited on an extremely generous table of 22 people.

She told local TV station KAKE that she usually never sees a party this big – but it turns out they all had a reason to celebrate.

“It was time for them to pay, and I asked how they were going to do their checks, and they said they would all be together,” Sullivan recalled.

“Then I bring the check, and all the family and friends start pulling out their phones, and they pull out a big amount of money, like, ‘Okay, every year during Christmas vacation, we let’s all take out $100, and so we’re going to let you keep all the money.

Sullivan has worked at the restaurant for four years, never receiving a tip as large as this.
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They allegedly said to him, “There are 22 of us, and we all brought $100, so that’s $2,200 you can take home.” …And we hope you have a good Christmas and that everything goes well for you.

Sullivan said she was ‘incredulous’ at the biggest tip in her four years at the restaurant, which serves a green chili breakfast burrito and ‘almost famous’ fried pickles, as well as burgers, sandwiches, omelettes and waffles.

“Working in customer service, you never expect that amount of money to make it to a table. Ever,” she told KAKE.

Admitting the funds “helped a lot”, Sullivan said she plans to save money to buy a car or move house. She said she also shared the wealth with her colleagues.

Delano's diner in Wichita, Kansas.
She said she used some of the money to tip her colleagues at Delano’s Diner.
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“I work with them every day and they are like my family,” she explained. “I want them to have a good Christmas too, even if it was just a little bit.”

Sullivan proclaimed that she was grateful for every tip, especially during the holiday season.

“Because you never know what you might get – and what happens happens,” she smiled.

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