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Virginia Server Gets Surprise $1,200 Tip - Megan Asadi

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WASHINGTON, DC - Things are usually bustling at lunchtime at The Virginia Kitchen in Herndon, Va., but on Thursday afternoon, something extra special happened. A table of 10 left their server, Megan Asadi, a big surprise-- in the form of a big, fat tip. And it turns out, it happened on a day she says she wanted to be off of work instead. She's roughly $1,200 richer, to be exact, on just a $128 tab. If you're doing the math, that's 946 percent. Asadi was stunned after she counted the cash. "I wanted to get off today, but...." she told FOX 5 as she laughed with coworkers after the good deed was done. It's a good thing she wasn't. This isn't the first time this group of diners has done something like this. Every holiday season, they put together a lunch and spread some cheer, collecting as much cash as possible to leave for their server. They even have a website, tipbombs.com, where they've posted videos of their annual Christmas surprises. Last year, the so-called tip bombers left another unsuspecting server a little more than $1,400. Up until now, they've never posted video of their beneficiary's reactions-- but our cameras were rolling when it happened. The donors wish to remain anonymous, telling FOX 5 they don't want the publicity for themselves-- even though they tipped us off to what they were going to do. What they wanted instead was for their generous gesture to be repeated by others. As you might imagine, the generosity of strangers left Asadi a little bit speechless. She was very excited, and also very grateful. Asadi is a single mom of two teenage daughters. She moved to the U.S. from Iran five years ago, and says she'll spend all of the cash she got on her kids. "I'm going to surprise them," she said. "Take them to the mall and tell them, 'Buy everything you want.'" The Virginia Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant, and Linc Krueger is the second-generation owner. Krueger says they've been in business 41 years, 29 of them in that location-- and in all that time, they've never seen a tip like this. Since it was lunch time, there were plenty of witnesses to the random act of kindness. "I think it's fabulous, and I think that quite often people forget about the people who serve them," said Mary Barnett, who was dining in the restaurant when it happened. Asadi says she can't wait to serve the generous group again-- maybe even next Christmas.