Waitress receives $1,000 Christmas Day tip at Gus’s Diner

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — A waitress at Gus’s Diner in Sun Prairie woke up at the crack of dawn to serve tables on Christmas Day. She had no clue she was about to receive the ultimate Christmas gift.

Callie Blue’s second guest of the day Sunday morning was Michael Johnson, who, unbeknownst to her, is the President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. Blue said they talked for about 45 minutes, and at the end, when he ran his credit card and collected the receipt, she went into shock when she saw three zeros on the tip line.

“I got my alarm clock, which was Gus, at 4:50 a.m., and got here at 5:30. Michael, I wanna say, walked in around six o’clock; he was really sweet, didn’t have, just chit chatted with me, got some new things, and before he left, he tipped me $1,000,” Blue said.

She said she didn’t know if Johnson was planning on leaving such a big tip, but said good customer service never hurts. Blue added that it’s the biggest tip she’s ever received, topping a $100 tip she got last Christmas.

Blue plans to use the money to pay her bills, and take care of her four horses.

She told News 3 Now that she wasn’t in the Christmas spirit when she woke up, but she sure is now.