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<b>The 'Keep the Change' Heard Round the World</b><br><br>
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The couple at one of waitress Amanda Newkirk's many tables seemed ordinary enough. The woman ordered a turkey burger, fries and two Coors Lights. The man had a bacon cheeseburger and sweet tea.<br><br>
Their bill came to $26.35. They left Newkirk $1,000.<br><br>
Newkirk, seven months pregnant and teary with excitement, read the handwritten note on the check: "Keep the change! Have a great day."<br><br>
The 19-year-old thought it had to be a joke. But the manager at Ruby Tuesday confirmed the authenticity of the ten $100 bills with a counterfeit-detection pen.<br><br>
Newkirk couldn't figure out why the couple had given her such a generous tip. She didn't think her service had been very good.<br><br>
A couple days after the March 7 incident, Newkirk got her answer.<br><br>
A 28-year-old widow who said she had been going through a tough time called Newkirk's general manager and said she had left the tip while at lunch with her fiancé.<br><br>
"It involved a lot more than good service at a great restaurant," said Erin Dogan of Roanoke County. "I didn't need it. It helped someone who ... needed it. God put us there together. God answered my questions."<br><br>
Dogan, whose husband died last year, said she's a shopaholic and could have easily spent the money at a nearby mall, but she decided to put it to better use.<br><br>
"It made me feel phenomenal," Dogan said. "It has changed my life."<br><br>
Newkirk plans to use some of the money to help pay for medical bills related to her pregnancy. But aside from a few national radio and television appearances, life continues as normal for the teen.<br><br>
"I'm not going to retire with a thousand dollars," she said.
 

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I'm a single mom of three kids, going through a really rough time financially. The mortgage is late, the car payment is late, the phone calls keep coming....This really has given me a huge smile, and is making me feel that there are still good people out there willing to help others. Thanks for posting this story!
 

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Thank you for posting this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Once when i was super poor I got a 70$ tip from a guy who won on video poker. I had to pay him with every dollar in the store and as I was counting the 10 dollar bill he told me to keep them. I did the happy dance for about a day. I went grocery shopping with that money! Oh and I cried lots of happy tears.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm a single mom of three kids, going through a really rough time financially. The mortgage is late, the car payment is late, the phone calls keep coming....This really has given me a huge smile, and is making me feel that there are still good people out there willing to help others. Thanks for posting this story!</div>
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People like you is what makes me work harder to be a better person. Hugs to you.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">: oh i just got chills up and down my body.<br>
i can on think if the world was like this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Once when i was super poor I got a 70$ tip from a guy who won on video poker. I had to pay him with every dollar in the store and as I was counting the 10 dollar bill he told me to keep them. I did the happy dance for about a day. I went grocery shopping with that money! Oh and I cried lots of happy tears.</div>
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That's cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><span style="font-size:xx-small;">(I love video poker...and blackjack...and the slots...)</span>
 

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I loooved this story! Especially that the giver seemed to get more even than the recipient. I believe there is good in us all, and this story is so uplifting.
 

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Thats Awsome!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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That's so good to hear. That's the kind of charity we need more of.
 

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Thanks
 
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