Waiters receive surprise tips of $400 and $800 at popular ME restaurant

Servers at the Taste of Maine restaurant, Tiana Burton and Ashley McElman, both received generous tips over the July 4 holiday weekend.

WOOLWICH, Maine – Tiana Burton and Ashley McElman, servers at the Taste of Maine restaurant in Woolwich, say they were shocked while working shifts over the July 4 weekend – when a customer arrived one day, leaving Burton a $400 tip.

“Walking into the restaurant, I was glad to be there, and that was just the icing on the cake, or the whole cake!” said Burton.

Then that same family arrived two days later, tipping McElman $800.

At a time when the price of everything is more expensive and the busy tourist season is hard work, the Burtons and McElmans say they are truly grateful for the generosity of a random guest.

“We sometimes make it look easy, but yeah, it takes a lot of work,” Burton said. “So when people recognize that and pay for it, it’s a blessing – especially on weekends, especially on holidays, everyone goes out with family and so on, but it feels like an extended family here. [at the restaurant]so I’m happy to come and spend the day with them.”

McElman reiterates Burton’s gratitude for the family’s heartwarming generosity.

“I just feel like it reflects, you know, they’re nice people, their kids are nice,” McElman said. “It’s just a reflection of nice people, and of course that tip was out of this world. It made me cry of course, it’s really very generous at a time like this.”

We are lucky to have amazing clients who appreciate my servers as much as I do.

Posted by Taste of Maine Restaurant on Monday, July 4, 2022

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