Margaret Chattum (31) has worked as a server at the Crossroads Bar and Grille in Juana, Montana for over four years. Like most restaurants, Crossroads has its regular clientele with whom the servers establish a rapport, yet what happened with Chattum waited on an elderly man early last week is something out of a fairy tale.
“It was just a normal shift,” Chattum states. “I had this older man at my table, and he only ordered coffee. It was raining and really damp and cold outside, and he was shivering. I presumed he was homeless, because he looked very disheveled. His clothes were dirty, his hair wasn’t combed, that sort of thing.”
Chattum felt bad for the man, and used her own tip money to buy him a meal. When she first brought it to the table, he protested that he hadn’t ordered anything. “I told him I wanted to buy him a good lunch,” she says.
“He just kind of looked at me and asked why, and I said that he looked like he could use a good meal. He ate the food and left pretty quickly, but he made sure to ask for my name and thanked me.”
Imagine Chattum’s surprise when she came into work the next day and found a card waiting for her in the server station. When she asked the opening server where it had come from, she said that an older man in dirty clothes had stopped by early that morning and left it for her. Upon opening the letter, Chattum was shocked to find a $600 inside along with a handwritten note!
“I started crying when I read it,” she states. “It turns out that guy is a pretty famous artist who is very well off. His note said that he wanted to thank me for being kind to him the day before, and that he wanted to keep that cycle going by doing something nice for me.”