Tuesday 25 September 2018

Waitress gets €2,400 tip from 'guardian angel'

Imelda (right) with Kim, whose pilot father gave the tip
Imelda (right) with Kim, whose pilot father gave the tip

An Irish waitress working in the US has told how she was given an envelope containing €2,400 from a "guardian angel" to pay for a trip home to Co Mayo.

Imelda Murphy Sprenger, from Ballinrobe, was hard at work in Nick's Pizza & Pub in Crystal Lake, Illinois, when she stopped to talk to Kim, a customer she knew.

It was then that the customer gave Imelda the envelope. It was from Kim's father, Leo, a pilot Imelda had served for several years. Inside was the €2,400 tip.

"I didn't know what to think because my birthday and Christmas had passed," said Imelda, who is the daughter of Joe and Mae Murphy.


However, it was not the first time Leo had given Imelda a generous tip.

He once left her €950 so that she could travel back to Ireland for her sister's wedding.

Since then, Imelda, who has lived in Chicago for 22 years, has grown close to Leo's family.

The Mayo woman said Kim "was a little nervous" before she handed her the money.

"She gave me this envelope and I'm like, 'What's this?' and she said, 'Oh, this is from your guardian angel'.

"I read in the letter, it was like this beautiful butterfly card. It said, 'Imelda, here's hoping this helps on getting you back to Ballinrobe in 2017'.

"The most beguiling thing about this is that no one knows where I live."

The good news was first shared on the restaurant's Facebook page.

"I don't know how to explain what happened with our very special Imelda Murphy Sprenger. She received a $2,500 tip/gift from a guardian angel.

"Magic happens again."

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