Ben Millar, an Irish waiter who hasn’t been able to see his family for over two years, can finally return home thanks to the generosity of one of his customers.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, a man named Jeffrey and his family visited the restaurant where Millar works. Millar talked to them for a while and discovered that Jeffrey and his family visit Ireland often.
“I jokingly said ‘I wish I could go back that often to see my family,’” Millar recollected. “I thought nothing of it.”
After Jeffrey and his family left, Millar picked up their check and saw that Jeffrey had put $750 on the tip line of the receipt. Jeffrey had also left a note that read “hopefully this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays.”
“My initial reaction was shouting ‘Holy s—!’” Millar said.
Millar’s girlfriend, Taryn Keith, is pregnant with a baby boy, and Millar plans to save the money and travel to Ireland after his son is born. Millar wants to take his new family to see his family in Belfast.
“I also hope I can reach out to Jeffrey so he knows how much I appreciate it,” Millar said. “It means a lot to me but more to my family since it’s been almost two years. I would love if Jeffrey could come over when I go back, so I can show him the true Northern Ireland, not just the tourist aspect.”
Taryn Keith has shared her boyfriend’s extraordinary story on a social media post that has gone viral. “Thought I would share it to show everyone there is not only hate out there,” she wrote. “Truly blessed.”