Alaina Cluster thought it was just another day of waitressing at Sup Dogs to pay off her massive student loan debt.

But unexpectedly, the nursing student at East Carolina University was given a huge tip by a generous restaurant patron, simply for severing two glasses of water.

The owner of the hot dog eatery, Brett Oliverio, told News Observer Cluster was serving no ordinary customer — normally college students flock to the local favorite. However, on Friday night, her table ordered two waters, but when she returned to take their food orders, the customers were gone. She told the station:

“I went over there and they were gone. And there was like a napkin with a note that said, ‘waters were great.'”

She was stunned to find a stack of cash with the note. She recalled:

“The cash was just sitting there.”

The two men left Cluster a $10,000 tip.

She told Fox 8:

“I literally didn’t think it was real.

I picked it up and it was a giant stack of hundreds. I was shaking and just kept asking Bret, ‘What is this?’ I thought someone was playing a joke on me.”

Mr. Beast, a Youtube personality from North Carolina, was “going around blessing servers” that day, reports the Observer.


Cluster was thrilled about her unexpected good fortune, but she had no intention of keeping the money all to herself. She told the paper:

“I was so blessed to have that money.

I mean, most of us that work at Sup Dogs are broke college kids and that’s going to help me out so much.”

She took her cash and split it with other Sup Dogs servers.


She said:

“We got to all split it up, which will help a lot of people.”

Cluster only kept less than ten percent of the restaurant’s biggest tip, taking home just $800.

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