The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
This week’s lucky recipient of Who Won the Week is Chelsea Lantrip.
You’ve probably never heard of her. I know I hadn’t. She goes by the name of Chelsea Bell, and she’s a bartender at Chances Dance Hall in Cleburne, Texas. She’s s a single mother who says that she lives “paycheck to paycheck, tip to tip” without much extra money to spare. Her son will be heading off to Texas A&M University in the fall and, while he has a scholarship and a grant to attend the college, it’s not quite enough to cover the full cost of tuition.
One night, “two random girls” who Chelsea had not seen at the bar before came in among the crowd of regulars. One of the women ordered a round of drinks for everyone at the dance hall. Their tab came to $179.50. However, the woman who offered to buy drinks for the entire bar left a much bigger tip than the usual 20%. She tipped Bell $1,000, and didn’t stop there.
“I started crying and then the woman said, ‘No, that’s not good enough,’ and raised it to $2,000,” By the time that Chelsea ultimately picked up the receipt, the woman had increased the tip to $4,000.
“I didn’t believe it until it went through the credit card machine, I still didn’t believe it until it hit the bank,” Chelsea said.
In addition to helping her son pay for his education, Chelsea said that she plans to take her family out to a nice dinner and use the money to pay some bills. She expressed how grateful she was the good samaritan who shared her good fortune with her during what would have been a regular Tuesday shift.
So congratulations to both Chelsea and to the generous woman who changed Chelsea’s life.
So who (or what) do you think won the week?
If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.