Famous country music star leaves $1,000 tip for NC waitress working a double while caring for daughter at restaurant

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A Waffle House employee got a surprise when a country music star left a generous tip after his to-go meal.

The artist noticed Shirell “Honey” Lackey performing double duties, caring for her daughter at work while tending to customers at the restaurants.

That night, Lackey worked a double shift at the Greensboro Waffle House from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.


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The big tipper, who Lackey wants to keep anonymous, left her $1,000 after someone from his entourage tipped her $50 and told him the story of Lackey’s work ethic right before he ordered his to-go meal.

Lackey said after she noticed the tip, he also gave her some words of encouragement.

“He was like, ‘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,'” Lackey said.

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The anonymous tipper also gave Lackey two concert tickets and sent baby clothes and toys to her home for her daughter Bella.

“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 doing the things we do as mothers,” Lackey said.

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