FARMVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A man left a waitress at the Farmville Applebee's a $500 tip, then left the restaurant before the woman even had a chance to get his name.
Amber Packer was having a bad day. In fact, she say the morning of August 28 was probably one of the hardest shifts she has ever had to work. She had just returned to work after being out with strep throat and bronchitis. She had been going through a rough patch at home, as well and her baby brother had just deployed to Afghanistan.
"The entire time I was holding back tears," said Packer. "I just wanted to go home and get back in bed."
When she got to her third or fourth table of the morning, she started chatting with the man at the table, who realized she was having a difficult day.
"He said he could see the emotion I was trying to hold back, in my eyes. With that the tears came like a flood gate opening," she explained. "Then he asked me if I had prayed about it. And I had. Then he asked if I would mind if he and I prayed together right there in the middle of Applebee's. I told him I wouldn't mind at all, I wanted all the help I could get."
After the two prayed, he paid the bill and told her to keep praying. By time she came back to pick up the signed check the man was gone. The only thing left was the credit card receipt with a $500 tip and his signature.
"I never even got his name or a chance to thank him. It was surreal," she said.
Amber says the situation at home has since improved. Her brother in Afghanistan as hospitalized after a mortar explosion, Amber says, but he has since recovered as well.
"My situation isn't the best and I am trying as hard as I can to fix it despite the set backs and upsets," she wrote in an email. "I know I have to work for what I want and hope that my hard work along with my husband's will pay off in the long run."