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Couple's generous gifts to cafe servers spreads holiday joy

Don't call it a tip these cafe regulars say
Posted at 5:48 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 07:52:29-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Servers at Sugarbakers cafe in Corpus Christi got a tip of several hundred dollars on Christmas Eve.

Just don't call it a tip.

“This particular couple came in with a generous gift for everybody here," server Misty Brown said.

The couple, who visit Sugarbakers two to three times a week, gave each server a gift card with her name on it.

All added up, a server named Shannon says the tip was around $900.

Whatever you call it, the infusion of cash means a lot to the waitstaff at this cafe that has met hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions on restaurants.

"We were all very scared," Brown said. "We have five waitresses, so that was kind of hard kind of navigating and keep us all up and working."

The gift cards provide a little bit of financial support, but the couple who gifted them doesn't want any credit and will remain nameless.

“They’re an amazing couple," Brown said. "(The wife) made the comment that God’s blessed them, and she was doing the same. So it was very generous.”

Fellow Sugarbakers regular-customer Todd Pavleka was happy to hear that the servers received some recognition for their good work.

“Everyone appreciates a great staff and great attitude and good food," he said. "So what you can give back -- that’s always good."

And it's good timing as well with all the spending that comes with the holiday season.

“Especially during Christmas-time -- no, it does not hurt," Brown said. "It was a very kind gesture on their part."