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Kennewick Buffalo Wild Wings server gets $500 tip

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- Mom always said hard work pays off. 20-year-old server Katelyn Kinne is a perfect example of that. On top of 3 to 4 shifts a week at Buffalo Wild Wings on Gage Boulevard, Katelyn is also full time nursing student at Columbia Basin College.

"I love children and kids," Kinne said. "I recently had a rotation on pediatrics and I loved it so I think that's where I want to be."

It was your average, busy shift last Sunday when Katelyn served a family for lunch. 

"There were just a normal family," Kinne said. "They were very nice. They had the sweetest little boy. It didn't seem like anything out of the ordinary."

It was after the family talked with her about her plan to be a nurse and they had left the restaurant, when Katelyn looked at the bill and everything changed. The food was $50, the tip the family left, was $510. With one simple message, "God bless". 

"I was speechless," Kinne said. "I had to look at it over and over to see if it's real. I didn't believe it, I was in shock. I was crying."

Katelyn's co-workers say, this couldn't happen to a better person. 

"She always has a smile on her face," Jessica Rush said. "The fact that she works so hard and everything like that. I guarantee that she treated those people like family. I guarantee he didn't just leave the 500 because he felt bad or because he thought she needed it, but because he though she deserved it."

The money is going directly into Katelyn's tuition. She just wishes she could show the family her appreciation. 

"I would just hug them and thank them so much," Kinne told us. "It truly means so much to me. It's good to know there's still good people."

But that's not it for Katelyn's crazy week. Just a few days later, in another restaurant, Katelyn put her school work to good use. 

"I see this girl chocking," Katelyn said. "Her boyfriend was trying to give her the Heimlich. And he was trying but he didn't really know what he was doing. Everyone just seemed to be kind of standing around so I ran over there and gave her the Heimlich."

From a $510 tip to casually saving a life, you could say this is a week to remember. 

"I think you should buy a lottery ticket," we told her.

"I should buy a lottery ticket," she responded. "It's been a good week."

The only question, is what's in store for Katelyn next week?