Cayla Chandara, a waitress in Waikiki, Hawaii was pulling double-duties at two different restaurants to get by.
While waiting on an Australian couple at Noi Thai cuisine last week the three of them hit it off, talking a lot during the course of their meal.
“They asked me where I was from, and I told them I moved here for school but I was kind of in a little bit of debt and I couldn’t go back to school, because I couldn’t afford it and the cost of living here,” Chandara said in an interview with KHON2.
After Cayla brought them the check, the couple paid their $200 bill and left. When Cayla saw they left her a whopping $400 tip, she was floored and immediately wanted to thank them.
“I just thought it was so generous of them. I never get tipped that big. I had to say thank you. During dinner, they told me where they were staying, so I ran there after work to see if they’d still be there,” Cayla continued.
The young waitress was able to locate the generous couple and give them a thank-you card and flowers for their kindness. However, that wasn’t the end of the it.
The couple came to the restaurant the next day and offered to help Cayla pay off her $10,000 in student loans.
“I was like, ‘No way, you don’t have to do that for me. I just wanted to say thank you!’ I still don’t feel like it’s real. I want to run around in the streets.”
The kind couple says that they wish to remain anonymous and that the best way for Cayla to thank them is to live the biggest and best life possible.
“I want to make them proud. I will take this opportunity with an open heart and be a better person that I can be every day,” Chandara said.
When she does return to school, Cayla plans on studying liberal arts and business, but even without a degree, her humility, gratitude, and ability to be pleasant to customers despite working double shifts in two jobs shows she’s on the right path to success.