The waitress, identified only as “Ayanda” on the Beerhouse restaurant website, immediately called the manager on duty to talk the woman out of it - but she just said that Ayanda deserved every last bit of that money.
The patron’s bill came to R1320, which she generously rounded up to R20 000, leaving Ayanda with a whopping tip of R18 680, reports Weekend Argus.
In a WhatsApp conversation with Beerhouse owner Randolf Jorberg, the patron - who wants to remain anonymous - said it was no mistake.
“I have no want to reverse this, no second thoughts about it and I was of sound mind when deciding to leave this tip,” she said.
Ayanda and the top tipper connected over WhatsApp, where the woman told her: “I left it for you because I believe in you, I want you to succeed! Go study, be a badass woman, and when you make it, promise me you’ll remember this and help the next person.”
Ayanda promised to use the money wisely .
“You came to me as a messenger from God, that will help me to study and make my dreams become true,” she says.
According to the Beerhouse website, Ayanda had to leave school early and start working in order to make money for her family.
It said the young woman has expressed interest in becoming a paramedic.