(CNN/WTHR) - They say it pays to be nice, but for one friendly waitress in Indiana, the pay-off was one whopper of a tip.
When it comes to restaurant tipping, etiquette authority Emily Post says the rule of thumb is 15 to 20%. Of course, you can go higher for great service. But when was the last time you tipped more than 7,000%?
A server at an Indianapolis Steak & Shake restaurant knows what it's like to get that. Cece Bruce was just doing her job, keeping a good attitude on an average day when one of her regulars left this: $446 dollars even, on a bill of 6 bucks! That's not tipping, that's tripping!
At first, Bruce thought it was $46 dollars, and she hesitated at that. When she realized it was almost ten times that much. She tried to refuse it altogether. "I didn't think I was worth 400 dollars, but you know, apparently she feels that I am," says Cece Bruce.
After some argument, the part-time student accepted it, and she plans to use the extra money to pay bills. It's hard to say if she'll ever see a receipt like that again, but it's one tip Cece could literally take to the bank.