Patron tips three waitresses $5,000 each

(Max Gersh/RRSTAR.COM)

February 4, 2014 2:02:28 PM PST
Three waitresses are smiling big after a big-hearted customer gave them the tip of a lifetime. Before the woman paid her bill, she handed each of them a check for $5,000!

The waitresses say it was a slow morning at the Boone County Family Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois. They were folding napkins and silverware, chatting about student loans and bills that were piling up when a woman got up and handed them each a check.

At first, one waitress thought the check was for $500 and told the woman she couldn't keep it. When they realized each of the checks was for $5,000, one of the women says she nearly passed out.