Feel-Good Story of the Week: Local Waiter Receives $5,000 Tip

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Killen's customers apparently have nothing on D'Amico's customers.
If you thought the story of a Killen's Steakhouse waiter receiving a nearly $3,000 tip on a $12,000 bill last week was heartwarming, that's nothing compared to what happened this past weekend at D'Amico's Italian Market Café.

Server Greg Rubar has worked at the restaurant's Rice Village location for 16 years. Several weeks ago, Rubar lost his car in the thunderstorms that recently tore through Houston. It was Rubar's only car, and the waiter -- who has a wife and child -- had been borrowing D'Amico's catering van just to make it to and from work, and occasionally even resorting to cabs.

On Saturday evening, two of Rubar's regulars showed up and purchased a very basic meal of soup and wine, racking up a total bill of $26.95. But before they left, the couple handed Rubar $5,000 and told him: "Go buy yourself a car." Rubar reportedly burst into tears at the unexpected display of generosity.

"The couple, who do not want to be identified, thought anyone who has worked as hard and as proficiently as Rubar has for so long shouldn't be punished for something so out of his control," stated D'Amico's in a press release. "They had gone to the restaurant that night to present him with the money."

Rubar is now looking for a car to purchase with his $5,000 windfall. Meanwhile, EOW would like to remind you, as always, to continue tipping your servers generously.



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Location Info

D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe

5510 Morningside, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Killen's Steakhouse

2804 S. Main, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant


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15 comments
Didymous52
Didymous52

Why are so MANY idiots in Texas???

sunny bogden
sunny bogden

Thank you for sharing that story.  It's wonderful to hear about such positive actions.

Sarah Gabbart
Sarah Gabbart

Yay!! What a wonderful story - thanks for making Tuesday more awesome!

RPaul
RPaul

See, this is why a social safety net is really unnecessary. After all, it's safe to say that we can count on the good works of others when it comes to losing your car, house, job or incur a major medical expense without being insured. And think how much money we could save if we eliminated all the federal programs that try to replace such human goodwill!

Ken D.
Ken D.

Hey Greg and the generous couple, this money was a "gift" for a friend, not a "tip", correct?  Practice that with me, it matters when it comes to tax time.

KING
KING

Already.

SayWHA Radio
SayWHA Radio

Actions like this give me hope and help me to stay an eternal optimist

MadMac
MadMac

Or, you're a schmuck to bring your schizo politcal agenda to this feel-good piece. Your nutjob lost. In 10 years he'll only be remembered for that Borat movie. Move. On.

RPaul
RPaul

Sometimes feel-good pieces are teachable moments, Mac.Are you ok?

John
John

Hey Mac  - You jackass grow a heart . We need these people that help in a time of need .God bless them . And don't give me any of your sour BS or i will fly into Texas grab a steer and wrap you along side the head with it . 

MadMac
MadMac

Naw, I'd love to claim to be that hip. You're right, the impersonation part flew right over my head, here in TX, where we're knee-deep in clowns who actually buy this clown's bit. Funny. To someone, I'm sure.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 Mac, are you seriously arguing with a person doing an impersonation of a rabid Paul fan or are you having a laugh as well?

MadMac
MadMac

The term is "subject hijacking." Or you hijacked a story about this cat getting a touch for your Ayn Rand cult "moment." And don't presume to educate me, you @ss. Teach children, if terms of your release permit it.

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