Irish waiter gets $750 tip to fly girlfriend and baby home

Taryn Keith and Ben Millar
Taryn Keith and Ben Millar

Christmas came early for an Irish waiter working in an American restaurant after a customer tipped him $750 to bring his new family home for the holidays.

Ben Millar (22) was serving diners in a restaurant in Houston, Texas when he received a very generous gratuity.

His girlfriend Taryn Keith, who is eight months pregnant, said it couldn’t have happened to a “better guy”.

The Belfast man had been planning on a trip to Ireland once their son, Killian, is born and had been sharing his story with a customer who decided to help him out.

Taryn told Independent.ie that the pair had been chatting about U2.

"The customer informed Ben that he had just been in Ireland to see the band. Ben, jokingly said, 'Wow, I wish I could go back there for a weekend and visit my family', thinking nothing of it."

But when he went to collect the bill he was shocked to discover that the customer had left him a $750 (€706) tip, along with a hand-written note which read: “Hopefully, this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays”.

Taryn said that the family hope to visit Ireland when their son Killian is born.

"The due date is January 20 so we will be heading to Ireland as soon as my son is old enough to fly," she said.

"I think it's a blessing and it couldn't have happened to a better guy than him. He works really hard.

"He's pretty stressed right now with money and the baby coming, so this just made his whole year. It's good to know that there are kind people in the world."