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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Meet Laurie Radake, the City Diner Waitress Who Got a $500 Tip

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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She used most of the $500 to pay her electric bill and buy groceries but had some left over to buy a little swimming pool for her granddaughter. City Diner is also planning on donating some of its sales one day next week to Aaron's Last Wish, the family's nonprofit, though it is not quite sure exactly when.

"I already read the whole book. [Aaron] just seemed to be a really good guy. He had a friend that was a waitress and watched her struggle. That's a really good thing that they're doing, and it's kind of having a domino effect," Radake says. "Yesterday and the day before, one of my coworkers said he's been getting really good tips since that happened. It's had an effect on people."

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