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The Internet does a good deed for a waitress, and a pit bull helps a buddy
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2013 5:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – A waitress who received a racial slur in lieu of a tip got a nice surprise from anonymous donors, and a rescued pit bull might have saved a young boy's life:

  • After Slur, Waitress Gets $10K Crowd-Funded Tip: It's a rotten story with a nice ending: When a Red Lobster waitress in Nashville got no tip from a patron who instead scrawled the n-word on his bill, she posted it on Facebook in disgust. From there, an online campaign in her honor raised more than $10,000 for the teenager.
  • Rescued Pit Bull Returns the Favor: Pit bulls don't get a lot of good press, but here's one pooch doing his part to change the breed's image: TatorTot, a rescued pit bull from Minneapolis, possibly saved a 4-year-old boy's life after he seemed to sense a dangerous drop in the youngster's blood sugar and woke the boy's mother. A vet chalks it up to the dog's keen sense of smell.
  • Husband, Wife of 63 Years Die Hours Apart: After meeting in high school, Jerry and Edith Dunn spent most of their time together, and had been together 63 years. And the Utah couple was together in death, too; just hours after Jerry died in his sleep Thursday, Edith passed away.
  • Teen, Mom Take Stand Against Bullying: The pills were in his mouth. That's how close Tipton, Iowa, teen Jake Stallman came to suicide two years ago. In the face of constant bullying, the 15-year-old saw no way out. He thought better of it, and went to his mother for help. Together, the two started an advocacy group called Tipton Against Kids Being Bullied.
  • Bartender Gets $17.5K Tip: A regular at an Oregon bar gave bartender Aurora Kephart two unplayed lottery tickets. The first won five bucks. The second, significantly more than five bucks. About $17,495 more.
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