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Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying the deed to others instead of to the original benefactor.

On August 27, 2015, 39-year-old Paul Haidet from Hallandale Beach, Florida sent a check in the amount of $112.03 as a generous tip to Jess Jones, a 20-year-old waitress at D'Jais Bar and Grill in Belmar, New Jersey.

Ms. Jones was waiting on a party of eight and when they paid their $112.03 restaurant bill, they wrote the letters, LOL in the tip space.

Their complaint? The food took an hour to arrive at the table. Ms. Jones had mentioned that they were satisfied with their filled drinks and the fact that the kitchen was busier than normal.

Ms. Jones had posted on Facebook that she would have preferred a $0 instead of an LOL tip. She has worked in the food industry for five years and has always taken pride in providing excellent service to her guests.

Mr. Haidet could identify with Ms. Jones' shock, since he had been a waiter for several years at Red Lobster and had once been left $1 off of a $100 bill. He could not understand why he was left a paltry tip, since he went out of his way to ensure that his party table got extra condiments, refills, and hot biscuits.

Mr. Haidet wanted to reward Ms. Jones for her hard work in the restaurant industry and what better way than a $112 tip!

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