A New Jersey bartender got the surprise of a lifetime when a couple added a $1000 tip to their bill to pay for her dog’s emergency surgery.
Christina Summitt was tending bar at the Holiday Inn in Clinton, New Jersey when a friendly couple struck up a conversation. Summitt, an avid animal lover and volunteer with a local pit bull rescue group dedicates her spare time to helping dogs. Noticing a paw print tattoo on Summitt’s wrist, the man asked her if she had a dog of her own.
Summitt confided in the couple that her dog, a Great Dane/Black Lab mix named Tucker, was actually recovering from emergency surgery at that exact moment, after having swallowed a hard plastic ball.
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The man said something about surgery being expensive. She confided the estimate was around $2,700, but she would do whatever she had to do for the dog, whom she adopted in 2011. Summitt, 37, works three jobs — full-time as a chef at the hotel, Saturdays as a bartender, and as a food prep worker two days a week at a deli in her town. Her husband works full-time and Summitt has three stepchildren.
After drinks and dinner, the couple closed out their bill – by adding a $1000 tip.
Summitt immediately began crying and told the man she couldn’t possibly accept such a generous tip. But the man insisted that she put the money toward Tucker’s surgery.
“I just stood there in shock. I walked around and hugged this couple. They said, ‘We’ll be praying for Tucker.'”
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has apparently done this before. He’s “just a really nice guy and humanitarian,” said the Hotel manager Michelle Satanik.
“I would also love nothing more than to publicly thank this couple in front of the world. I’ve never seen a random act give so many people so much hope,” Summitt said.
Tucker, meanwhile, is doing well and recovering at home.