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Off-Broadway star gives $1,000 tip to servers at Hollywood’s Restaurant & Bakery in Roanoke

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 4:14 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A local restaurant is feeling the love after a stranger surprised the staff with a generous tip.

Wednesday night, Hollywood’s Restaurant & Bakery was getting ready to close when a woman walked in and sat down to eat. The staff served her a meal, and she told them she wanted to help them out. She decided to give $1,000 to split up between three female servers.

Rebecca Magnuson was the woman who gave the check. She was passing through from Nashville and has her own show off-Broadway called She Sings.

“It meant a lot to everybody here and, you know, it meant a lot to me because these guys work really hard and it has been a tough time,” said Mark Henderson, owner of Hollywood’s Restaurant & Bakery.

“We didn’t believe it at first, we were so excited, Mark was excited, we were very thankful and we were very grateful to her. She was a wonderful, wonderful person,” Bobbie Morrison, a server at Hollywood’s who received 1/3 of the tip, said.

The women say they plan to use some of the money to pay it forward.

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