Country Music Star Leaves $1,000 Tip for Waffle House Waitress Working Double Shift While Caring for Her Daughter

by Jonathan Howard

One hard-working waitress at a North Carolina Waffle House got quite the tip. An anonymous country music star left the bonus pay for Shirell “Honey” Lackey. After learning that the waitress had been taking care of her daughter at work while doing her job, the musician approached Lackey. She had been working a double shift that night at the Greensboro location. 7 in the morning until 9 at night.

Lackey doesn’t want to broadcast exactly who it was. The person was a man and after seeing the waitress working so hard someone in the group tipped $50. That’s when the country star came up to give Lackey the tip and a few words of respect.

“I have to respect a mother that would do whatever it takes to support their child in a society where people don’t even want to work anymore,” the Waffle House employee revealed the star said to her.

While it may not ever be known who the tipper was, the gesture is a positive light in a seemingly darker world. With unemployment, labor shortages, wage struggles, and more it is nice to see one hard-working individual have something go their way.

The money wasn’t the only thing that the country musician gave to the Waffle House waitress and her family. She was also given two concert tickets as well as baby clothes and toys for her daughter, Bella. Those other items were sent to her home.

Mystery Waffle House Tipper

Country music is music for working people and Waffle House is food for the same folks. There are few who would do something so nice for a complete stranger. Although some have the means, most wouldn’t extend the hand to Lackey or someone in their position. Working double shifts in food service is one of the hardest jobs one can do. Kitchens are hot, floors are slick, customers are rude.

Lackey getting the recognition she deserves is going to help her financially and it always feels good to be recognized. In fact, Lackey said exactly that. “It feels good to be recognized. I mean, I don’t do it to be recognized, I do it because Bella is everything – but it’s nice to be recognized for the things we do as mothers.” Motherhood is a full-time job and child care is hard work. Let alone working a “real” job on top of that.

There are those who have jobs that are recognized often, but the vast majority of workers like Lackey, do it because they have to of course. Providing for a family is tough and Lackey will hopefully get a brief reprieve from the constant hours at Waffle House.

For Shirell “Honey” Lackey her reason is her daughter Bella. For so many others, there are a million other reasons. Take it easy out there and be kind to one another.