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She Walked 14 Miles to Work. Then She Got a Surprise Tip

Couple buys Denny's waitress in Texas a car after hearing about her long commute
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2019 6:03 AM CST
Updated Nov 29, 2019 6:25 AM CST
Seen here, a Denny's restaurant in Cranberry, Pa., on Sept. 14, 2017.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – She gave them extra ice cream; they gifted her a new car. Adrianna Edwards definitely got the sweeter deal this week after two customers at a Texas Denny's, where she works as a waitress, gave her a much-needed tip: a 2011 Nissan Sentra, per CNN. While dining at the Galveston restaurant on Tuesday, the couple found out that Edwards walks there to work her shifts, a 14-mile round trip that takes her more than four hours; she's lost 25 pounds over the past few weeks making the trek, KTRK reports. "I have bills to pay," she tells the CNN affiliate. "I've got to eat. You've got to do what you've got to do." After Edwards brought the unidentified woman eating breakfast an extra scoop or two of ice cream, the unidentified couple made their move.

They paid their bill, left the restaurant, and headed to a local car dealership, where they purchased the Nissan. A few hours later, they went back to the Denny's and presented their gift to Edwards, who was visibly emotional. "[It] made me happy that she was so moved," the woman said. Edwards' daily commute now clocks in at around a half-hour. "I still feel like I'm dreaming," she says. "Every two hours, I come look out my window and see if there's still a car there." The couple, who chose to remain anonymous, simply want Edwards to do something generous for someone else in the future; she says she'll honor that wish: "I ... hope that one day when I'm financially stable enough, I can help somebody else in need." (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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