On Saturday, October 20, a man walked into Sup Dogs, a popular eatery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and ordered two waters. The waitress, Alaina Custer, brought him his drinks, completely unaware that the man was actually famous YouTuber Mr. Beast. After drinking his water, Mr. Beast left the restaurant, but not before laying down a $10,000 tip, along with a note that read:
"Thanks for the delicious water."
Brett Oliverio, the owner of the store, told The News & Observer his waitress' reaction was being secretly filmed for an upcoming video:
"Ended up being a YouTube star, Mr. Beast. They filmed the server's reaction as she picked up the money. Crazy."
Sup Dogs is a well-known restaurant among students of nearby East Carolina University, and waiters often receive generous tips, but Oliverio is certain this is the largest one in his business' history:
"That's the biggest ever. Second closest was $500."
When Custer picked up the tip, she didn't think it was real:
"I literally didn't think it was real. I picked it up and it was a giant stack of hundreds,. I was shaking and just kept asking Brett, 'What is this?' I thought someone was playing a joke on me."
Perhaps inspired by Mr. Beast's random act of kindness, Custer decided to split her tip with the entire waitstaff.
Keeping it all would seem especially silly considering all she did was serve two waters.
After finding the tip, Custer moved on to the table with two men who were filming her. She asked them if they knew what was going on:
"They just told me about their YouTube channel and how they were going around blessing servers' days."
Mr. Beast then returned to the restaurant to meet with the rest of his crew, and was greeted with a big hug from Custer.
That much money can make a significant difference in a college student's life:
"I was so blessed to have that money. I mean, most of us that work at Sup Dogs are broke college kids and that's going to help me out so much. We got to all split it up, which will help a lot of people."
Twitter loved Mr. Beast's focus on human kindness:
Mr. Beast's real name is Jimmy, and he's well known among his 8.8 million subscribers for his incredibly generous random acts of kindness.
According to Oliverio, Mr. Beast gave him a message before he left:
"Good people are still doing good things these days."