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$500 TIP: Sydney cafe owner ‘in tears’ over generous gesture

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Image of Norwest Marketown, Brew & Bite cafe owner Kritica, coffee
(Source: Norwest Marketown, 2GB, Brew & Bite)

A Sydney cafe owner has been left very moved after a customer left a hefty tip after purchasing a coffee earlier this week.

Kritica, the cafe owner of Brew & Bite cafe based in Norwest Marketown in Sydney’s south-west, said the very generous customer visited her cafe two days ago.

“He paid $500 for a coffee, and I was overwhelmed,” she told 2GB.

“I was in tears. I didn’t want to take the money, but he said, ‘I will pay $500 for a coffee’.”

The generous move comes as Sydney enters its fifth week of lockdown. Since Sunday 18 July, “most retail” businesses have been forced to shut their doors.

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However, grocery stores as well as food and drink retailers, kiosks and other small food and drink premises have been permitted to remain open, albeit in a takeaway-only format.

But when the lockdown lifts and business activity returns to normal, Kritica fully intends to repay the favour, she said.

“From my heart, I said to him; when things are back to normal, I’ll give you $500 worth of coffee for free.”

Kritica said she wanted to give a “shout out” to the businesses across Australia that were struggling at the moment.

Half the country has now entered lockdown, with South Australia joining Victoria and NSW on Tuesday.

“It’s not about the money, it’s about the gesture,” she said.

The customer’s name is Mike and is a semi-regular who “comes in the weekend only”, Kritika added.

“I want to give him a big, big hug.”

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