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Florida server tipped $1,300 and $1,500 in one night

March 9 (UPI) -- A server at a Florida restaurant said she is thankful for the generosity of her customers after receiving a $1,300 tip and a $1,500 tip on the same night.

Kimberly Filion said she was working her shift at Kirby's Sports Grille in Juno Beach, where she has been for six years, when she mentioned in passing to a customer that she was a graduate of Ohio State University.

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Filion said the customer ended up leaving her a $1,300 tip with a note: "Go XU!!"

She said the customer told her the big tip was part of the Crosstown Tip-Off Challenge, which began in Ohio as a means of expressing fandom for the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University while leaving big tips for servers.

Filion said she told one of her regular customers about the big tip later in the evening, and the man ended up leaving her a $1,500 tip.

"He wrote something like, 'I want to be the king,'" Filion told the Palm Beach Post.

Filion said she split the big tips with her coworkers.

"I tried to spread the wealth as much as I could," she said. "We have employees here who are single moms. We have one employee who just had a baby."

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Filion said she is grateful for the generosity of her customers, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic led to many servers working longer hours while making less money.

"I am TRULY grateful for our loyal customers who continue to support me and Kirby's," she wrote in a Facebook post.

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