The Mai Tai Bar and Restaurant located in Hawaii, unrelated to the event below.
A waitress in Hawaii had a day on the job that she’ll never forget after a couple visiting from Australia offered to help pay her student loan debt according to a story by Fox29.com.
Cayla Chandara of Waikiki has been working two waitressing jobs, one at The Cheesecake Factory and the other at Noi Thai Cuisine, to support herself. Like many students around the country, she’s had difficulty handling the cost of tuition along with her bills. As a result, she had to drop out of school.
Hawaii currently ranks 44th in the nation when it comes to student loan debt, with the average borrower owing $23,574 in debt. Fifty percent of college students in the state leave school in student loan debt according to the Hawaii Free Press.
Chandara was serving the Australian couple at Noi Thai when they began chatting. The lucky waitress shared her financial situation with them. The couple then finished their meal and paid their $200 bill—adding on an extra $400 in gratuity.
The waitress was so touched by their generosity that she sent a thank you note, dessert, and flowers to their hotel. The couple then came back to the restaurant to tell her that they’d like to pay off her student loans, totaling more than $10,000.
While the couple wants to remain anonymous, they did tell Cayla—who plans to study liberal arts and business— the best thanks they could receive was for her to be her best possible self.
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