Anyone struggling with the loss of a friend or loved one might take consolation from this USA Today story about a waitress who received a huge tip for showing compassion to a stranger.


Heather Schelsteder is a waitress at a Cheddar's restaurant in Baytown, Texas. On New Year's Eve 2015, she served a woman with whom she began chatting. This woman was a criminal psychologist, and she was a little bit anxious about having to talk with folks who were suffering from PTSD. 
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Schelsteder tried to comfort the woman, telling her about a family member of her own who went to war. As it turned out, Schelsteder's grandmother had also recently passed away, and she shared that information with the woman as well. "We both started getting teary-eyed, and then we're both like trying to blink it away, and then it just kind of went from there," Schelsteder said in the article. "We just kept talking until the next table came in and she got up and left."

It was after the woman left that things got interesting. That's when the waitress went to collect the bill, and she couldn't believe what she found. There was a note on the receipt that read, "Have an amazing New Year! It gets easier." Next to that was a tip for $100 for a meal that had cost only $27.55. 

That tip made Schelsteder's day. "It made me feel so special and important, like she understood because she also left a note that things will get better, because she knew the heart of losing someone," Schelsteder said. 

The video, which includes a copy of the original receipt, is below.