“I genuinely wanted to say thank you,” she said. “I sent a thank you letter saying how much it meant to me.”
Cayla left her note with the front desk, thinking she’d never see the tourists ever again.
Until they showed up at her restaurant again the following night. This time, the tourists had a different tip in mind.
They told Cayla they would like to give her $10,000 to pay off her student loans and contribute to her continued education.
As you can imagine, the California native was at a loss for words. Who just decides to give a random stranger TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS?!
“I initially told them I couldn’t take that offer, but they insisted that it would be just as great for them to do it for me,” Cayla explained.
Because of their generosity, the Business major plans to return to school in the fall. Cayla asked how she could ever repay them for their kindness.
“They told me the best way to thank them is to be my best possible self, dream big and strive for my goals.”
Cayla says their generosity has done so much more than provide a way for her to return to school.
“They have truly changed my life, not only financially but in the way I look at things. They are the most beautiful and kind-hearted people I’ve come across and I really look up to them and I can’t wait until they watch me graduate.”
She hopes her story of the strangers who tipped her $10,400 serves as a positive reminder that there really are great people in the world.