We've all had that teacher who inspired us, and whose lessons we will carry with us for the rest of our lives. For one anonymous student, that memorable lesson from an incredible teacher compelled him to leave a $3,000 tip, and so much more.
3 years ago, Richard and Samantha Specht suffered a tragedy no parent should ever have to endure.
Naturally, the Specht family was devastated by the loss.
But during their darkest hour, Richard and Samantha’s community on Long Island rallied together to support the grieving couple. To help ease the pain, a local nursery converted the pond into a garden and refused any monetary compensation.
And it was this act that inspired the Specht family to help others in desperate need of a little kindness.
So they started the ReesSpecht Life Foundation.
And with every act of kindness, comes a card and a promise to Pay it Forward.
But the Specht family never expected their Pay It Forward movement would result in this:
A few days ago, Richard (a science teacher at Great Hollow Middle School) received an email containing a photo from an individual who requested to remain anonymous. The photo showed a 6800% tip on a 43.50 bill, with a note on the back. The note reads:
"Thank you for your kindness and humility. My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago which has sparked me to do this. My only requirements are:
1) Go to ReesSpechtLife.com and learn!
2) Don’t let ‘Pay it forward’ end with you.
3) Since it’s about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don’t use either of our names!
Thank you for being around for all of my shows on and off Broadway. I hope that someday someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do.
Richard was absolutely stunned...
He wrote in his blog, "my mouth sat agape as stared at a picture attached to her reply that showed a restaurant receipt with a $3,000.00 tip on it… I literally did a double, even triple take. [...]
In staring at that receipt I never noticed the name and it wasn’t until I read the note did I realize that it was a former student of mine. I immediately recalled who he was and realized that I had him at least ten years ago. [...]
To think that someone I had a decade ago would honor my little boy or even remember his 8th grade science teacher in such a way blows me away. "