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$200 Perkins tipper: 'If I could have left her a $2,000 tip, I would have'

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Friends of the woman who left an anonymous $200 tip for a Perkins waitress in Little Falls, Minn. said her gesture had garnered some attention, so she reached out to Fox 9 to tell her side of the story.

Kelly Blom left 19-year-old Tori Dobis a $200 tip on a $14 bill for French toast and a side of sausage last Friday night. Dobis was floored, and said she'd put it toward her nursing studies.

"I don't personally know Tori but I am proud of the young woman she chooses to be. If I could have left her a $2,000 tip, I would have," Blom said in an email to Fox 9's Paul Blume.

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"I was called Monday night, by friends, to quickly turn on Fox9 because they recognized my signature on the news. I thought they were just joking. I had no idea why I would be on the news!

I am just blown away by this. I'm from Maple Grove and was passing through town on my way to a friend's cabin in Whipolt, MN. I honestly didn't intend to go into Perkins and leave a $200 tip but then I met Tori. I watched and listened as Tori cleared, cleaned and setup dining tables. She never quit moving. She went from table to table effortlessly, with a kind attitude and an endless smile. I could tell Tori had a really good heart and thought it'd be fun to surprise her with a well deserved tip.

When I wrote the tip amount, the manager somehow noticed and was genuinely baffled. I reassured him a few times that I really meant to leave her $200. I also confirmed for him that I did not recently win the lottery.

I wanted to leave before Tori was aware of the tip because I felt it'd be more fun to surprise her. I thought maybe I'd brighten her day and make her feel appreciated while she was working hard on a Friday night.

As I drove out of the parking lot, I could see Tori, the manager and another waitress huddled around the receipt. It made my night. I couldn't stop smiling the rest of the drive up north.

I cried when I saw the news story. I had no idea, that one moment would have such an impact and I am so impressed that Tori is using the money towards nursing school. I don't personally know Tori but I am proud of the young woman she chooses to be. If I could have left her a $2,000 tip, I would have.

Take care,

Kelly Blom (Jeff Passolt guessed correctly, my last name is pronounced Bloom)"

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