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Generous customer leaves $1,000 tip for bartender's dog

Tucker and a family member before emergency surgery.
Christina Summitt courtesy CNN

Proving that there are caring people in the world, a customer left a bartender a $1,000 tip with instructions to put the money toward the care of her dog, according to CNN.

Christina Summitt, mother of three, was tending bar (one of her three jobs) in Clinton, New Jersey when she met a couple who asked about her paw print tattoo. This prompted a conversation about how much she loves animals, and also volunteers for a pit bull rescue. She spoke of her own dog, Tucker, a Great Dane mix, who was currently at the veterinarian after emergency surgery, remarking how worried she was about him.

The couple mentioned how the surgery must have been expensive – removal of a plastic ball – to which she admitted it cost around $2,700. Like most animal-loving dog guardians, Summitt said she would do whatever was necessary to care for her “baby”.

The friendly conversation ended and the night went on. When the couple paid, Summitt discovered their receipt had a $1,000 tip, for an $80 charge of drinks and dinner. After shaking and crying, Summitt went back to the couple and said “Sir, I cannot accept this, what is this for, why would you do this?” as reported by CNN. They told her to put the money toward Tucker's veterinarian bill.

The bar's hotel manager verified the tip was legitimate and that the couple often tips generously but wished to remain anonymous.

Summitt posted the story on Facebook because she wanted to publicly thank the couple for their generosity. Tucker is now recovering from his surgery and is resting comfortably at home.

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