Waiter Hands Customer Bill, Then Reads The Note And Jumps Back

Stunned Belief

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A waiter was serving tables one chaotic Friday evening. The weather was beautiful, so everyone decided to eat out on the patio of the restaurant. Since he was the only sever working the outside, he was completely frazzled. He continued serving tables, but could not help notice mysterious eyes follow his every move. As the mysterious stranger left abruptly after getting his bill, the server picked it up and all of a sudden, he was reaching for his phone.


House of Oliver

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Struggling server of the restaurant, 31-year-old David Fabila is a Sacramento, California resident who is expecting his fourth child. This last August he was working his usual evening job as a server at a wine bar called ‘House of Oliver’ in Roseville. That Friday, something was up. Not only was it jam-packed, and David was completely rattled, but things got even stranger from there.

Friday Frenzy

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Friday evenings are usually hectic for the House of Oliver staff. But that evening, the temperature was so perfect people couldn't wait to soak up the good weather and were seated outside. David, who usually bartends at the restaurant was asked to be that night’s server for the outside section, but to his surprise, it kept getting busier and busier. And suddenly, the mysterious stranger arrived.

Totally Exhausted

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David tried to have everything under control, he even asked for some help from management, but they couldn’t help him as they were severely understaffed. Moreover, David told his co-workers he was having a rough night; he’d just come from his other job and was totally exhausted. But, what he didn’t know was that this hot summer evening was when he would receive a surprise he did not expect.

Young Stranger

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A mystery man, Steffen Berr, sat down at a table on the patio of the restaurant, subsequently sitting in David’s section. Of course, David Fabila was too busy tending to his other tables, he didn’t even notice the young man at the beginning. David didn’t know that this guest, in particular, would turn his night around.


Second Job

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The service industry is tough, it is very demanding, and it takes a lot of backbone to serve orders every day at all hours. David Fabila took on his second job at the House of Oliver because he needed extra cash as his family was growing. While he was working the evening shifts there, he also had a day job as a Bar Porter at a Casino Resort, and never, in all his years as a server had he ever expected that to happen to him.

The Right Section

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All servers are used to people who leave good tips, average tips and some who are just downright awful tippers. But, what people don’t understand is that employees in this industry, permanently live off these tips making them crucial for them to survive. But, Steffen Berr, the mysterious stranger, had something up his sleeve when he sat down in David's section.


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The night continued becoming even more frantic by the second, and David was running ragged not even knowing if he was getting orders right. What he didn’t realize is that he had an onlooker who was very in tune to everything he was doing. Steffen Berr had finally finished his meal and waited for David to approach.

The Bill Please


David noticed the stranger asked for the check. Then, rushed over to give it to Steffen Berr and went on to serve another table as there were a lot more guests that needed tending. David knew he had to go close the bill from the strangers' table. He finished up with his other customers and headed in that direction.




David returned to collect the bill and noticed that the stranger, Berr, had suddenly left. He might have left the exact cash for the check, David initially thought. Usually, people would ask for change or pay by credit card but not in this case. David found an incredible note and an unbelievable surprise on the bill.

The Surprise

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"I pulled the check out to close it, and when I pulled it out, that's when I saw everything. Their bill was very expensive it was like $190-something, that's exactly the tip they left me." David explains. Steffen Berr had matched the bill, he had left almost $200 in the tip line, making the total of the bill come out to almost $400. Beside it, a note was written: "We're young, but we're worth serving." David Fabila was in a state of disbelief and all of a sudden, had to re-read the check again.

A Mistake

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At first, he thought this was a mistake and pursued to find this man because he could not believe his eyes, he surely thought the young stranger had made a mistake and rechecked the numbers just to make sure. “Unless you work in the service industry, you don’t really understand how much tips mean to a server, to a bartender,” David told CBS. He began his hunt to find his mystery man.

Kind Gestures

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A kind gesture that came when David needed it the most. He finally tracked down the stranger; Steffen Berr, a 24-year-old college student at Sacramento State. They met up, and David couldn't thank him enough - told him how eternally grateful he was. “Thank you again to everyone who supported Steffen, and I’m glad this story was told!!! He is so young and JUST AN INTERN who goes to college”. David Fabila Posted on his Facebook wall.


Paying It Forward

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It just so happens Berr used to be a server at a diner and knew exactly the feeling that David must have had that jam-packed evening at the Wine bar, so he felt it right to reward David´s hard work. “I’ve been in his shoes before too, I used I work as a waiter in a diner in Texas, so I decided to show him what he did is appreciated,” said Steffen Berr to CBS.

Tip The Bill

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Following the viral Tip the Bill Challenge, a lot of people have matched their bills to their tips, giving their servers an 100% tip. But in this case, Steffen didn’t do it because of the challenge, he didn't even know David was soon to become a new father and was struggling financially, making his action all the more fruitful. He did it because it felt right at the moment to reward someone for their enormous effort.