Server at New Jersey diner given car as tip

BROOKLAWN, N.J. — A New Jersey server got more than 20% after a couple of long time customers gave her a car as a tip.

Lisa Mollet, a server for the last four years at the Empire Diner, lost money when she had to stop working because of the coronavirus pandemic; then the car she had recently purchased broke down, WTXF reported.

Mollet, 37, a single mother with two children, was off work from March until June. Restaurants have reopened but at a reduced capacity, so money is still very tight.

After their usual Sunday meal last month, Elizabeth “Lisa” Ayala and her boyfriend Yeisont “Jason” Medina gave Mollet the keys to a car, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“I went home and cried. It was shocking because not many people do stuff like that. It’s very touching, because they’re really good people and I really appreciate it,” Mollet told WTXF. “They are wonderful people. They come here constantly. They come here with their family. They’re like family to me. They invite me to their house.”

The couple no longer needed the 2006 Nissan Altima and had enjoyed Mollet’s service.

“She was talking to my boyfriend one day that her car broke down, and that is when we came up with the idea of surprising her with a car. We had an extra car and thought she could use it,” Ayala told the Inquirer. “I told her we didn’t need the car, and she can take her kids to school and not have to walk or take Uber to work.”

The owner of the diner said Mollet has earned it.

“They said they had a car for Lisa and I said, ‘Wow!.’ It was a shock for me,” owner Dervis Akturk told WTXF. “I even had goosebumps. There is still good people out there. Lisa definitely deserves it. She’s one of my hardest workers.”


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