14/08/2014 16:39 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Why One Woman Tipped Three Struggling Waitresses $15,000

Three waitresses at a restaurant in Caledonia, Illinois found themselves with an unexpected $15,000 tip from a customer.

The anonymous tipper decided to leave Amber Kariolich, Amy Sabani and Sarah Seckinger $5k each on top of her food bill after she overheard them discussing how hard it is to pay their bills and school expenses with their regular earnings.

$15,000 tip

When the three girls tried to refuse the money she insisted: "I want you girls to take these to help with school and everything else in life," the woman reportedly said.

We've all been there, working a service job in a pub or a cafe - or, er, in my case a supermarket - but the most we've ever been tipped was a £1 from an older man who thought we looked "rather lovely" in our [insert popular supermarket chain here] uniform. *Shudders*.

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