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Cocktail Waitress Scores $10,000 Tip From Grateful CustomerAired June 6, 2000 - 1:25 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: There are many ways to raise money for college. Being a waitress or a waiter is one of them.
KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: That's true, especially if you have the right customers.
Burley Hines (ph) of CNN affiliate WVBM in Chicago met a cocktail waitress who really knows how to pick them.
BURLEY HINES, WVBM REPORTER (voice-over): Melanie Uezen is still a little dazed, still finding it hard to believe.
MELANIE UEZEN, WAITRESS: I'm shocked, basically.
HINES: Shocked because, just a few hours earlier, the 23-year- old cocktail waitress had served a customer who was very, very grateful.
UEZEN: It was the end of the night and the guys asked me for a couple of drinks. Sure, brought it to them, as always, and got a good tip.
HINES (on camera): How much?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Come on.
UEZEN: Ten-thousand dollars.
HINES (voice-over): That's right, 10,000 big ones. The bill for the drinks came to $9, and there was no mistake reading the size of the tip.
UEZEN: He thought I was a wonderful cocktail waitress and I deserved it, and he told me, go back to school. He's like, I'm a doctor. Go ahead, go back to school and be a doctor.
HINES: Melanie said her customer said he was a doctor from England. And when he learned that she recently graduated college and wanted to go to grad school, he gave her the huge tip.
UEZEN: He worked hard for his money. And I told him that I work hard for my money and that I want to go to grad school and pay my way through college. And that's what I want to do.
HINES: Club manager Shawn Krutsinger said the incident shook up everybody in the club.
SHAWN KRUTSINGER, MANAGER: I kept telling them, well, we'll see if it's -- we'll run everything, make sure it goes through, and hopefully the guy's a good guy and keeps his word.
HINES: So why does Melanie think she got such a huge tip?
UEZEN: Give good quality service and have fun with your customers. That's what I do.
WATERS: Yes, nothing like that good quality service, huh?
PHILLIPS: And I think those sparkling eyes did something about it, too.
WATERS: Yes, that's true. You're right.
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