Mystery Man Leaves $100 Tips For Fall River Fast Food And Salon Employees
FALL RIVER—Daddy Warbucks? Santa with a bankroll?
Whatever they call him, workers at fast food and barbershop businesses in Fall River who received $100 bills from a man who left no business cards appreciate his recent generous gesture.
“It shows that there is still good in the world and not just a bunch of crazy people running around,” said Rachael Thibault, who works as a beautician and barber at Supercuts in the South Coast Marketplace on William S. Canning Blvd.
Thibault said the unnamed man, so to speak, walked into his store last Saturday, dropped a C-note into the communal tip container, turned around and walked out.
The same thing happened over the weekend at three other businesses in the same commercial building.
‘So many jobs there’:SouthCoast companies, recruitment agencies looking for workers
“Everyone was very happy and very surprised. They said, “We get a $100 tip, we get a $100 tip,” said Karen Davis, general manager of Tropical smoothie coffee.
“He just walked in, dropped it off and walked out,” she said.
Davis said no one had a good view of the gentleman or his vehicle. She said the $100 was split equally among everyone who worked that day.
But Jenai Badillo, Executive Director of Jersey Mike’s Subs, said his surveillance video gave insight into the man’s appearance.
Somerset Development:New sandwich shop, Mexican restaurant planned for the Fairfield Commons in Somerset
She said he appeared to be in his 30s and was wearing a black sweatshirt with white lettering that read “Jesus is good”.
Badillo said no one working that Sunday knew someone had left a $100 bill until one of his employees at some point noticed something unusual at the pickup counter.
“We were busy right after lunch and didn’t see it, but all of a sudden she saw a $100 bill in the tip jar,” she said.
Badillo says she got a rough look at the unusually generous dumpster while watching the video.
“He didn’t buy anything or pick anything up and didn’t tell anyone,” Badillo said. “We couldn’t believe it.”
Braulio Ortega, manager of the adjacent Five Guys burger restaurant, said he learned from his staff that a man had come in over the weekend, left a $100 bill in the tip jar and walked out .
Ortega said he also heard someone over the weekend left three $100 bills for employees at Wendy’s across the street.
A manager working at Wendy’s on Tuesday said she could not tell if anyone had in fact left three $100 bills.
Retired MassHighway employee James DuBois said he heard the news on social media that a man had left $100 bills, not just for employees, but in one case for a few customers fast food.
“He must have a good heart if he’s handing out all that money, especially with all the issues these days,” DuBois said.
He added, “It’s nice to get a hundred bucks once in a while.”
Charles Winokoor can be reached at [email protected]. Support local journalism and subscribe to The Herald News today.