Overwhelmed By Return To Normal, Man Picks Up An Entire Restaurants’ Tab AND Tips Each Waitress $500

Life comes at you fast. One minute, you’re picking up pork chops to-go from your local Italian eatery, and in the moment, you feel compelled to do a good deed.

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Recently, this is the situation St. Louis businessman Jim Freeman found himself in.

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Overwhelmed by the “normal” scene, Freeman had an impulse to savor the moment and perform a kind gesture—pay for the entire restaurant’s dinner service tab.

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“I turned around and everything looked normal for the first time in a long time. I asked one of the gals if I could buy the restaurant dinner,” said Freeman, who owns a construction company, to FOX 2 St. Louis. “I live here, it’s my community. Restaurant folks [have] been hurting with COVID, it seemed like the right thing to do.”

The staff at the Pasta House in Creve Coeur was absolutely stunned by the visitor’s request. Kelly Johnson, who has been at the establishment for 20 years, was shocked when Freeman extended the gesture further and decided to tip $500 to each server.

Johnson shared with the FOX news affiliate, “In all the years I’ve worked for Pasta House, this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this happen.”

Pasta House general manager Jeff Maddox couldn’t believe the good news either.

“That put a lot of smiles on a lot of people’s faces,” he said. “I mean, it was unbelievable the reaction and response we were getting from our guests last night.”

Curious about Freeman’s total bill? He’ll never tell. 

“Doesn’t really matter, does it?” he said.


Written by Abigale Racine