Ulyana Hrushchak, a server at Lilly’s Cocktail and Wine in Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood, was working when comic Robyn Schall sat at one in all her tables.
When she was completed along with her meals, Schall gave Hrushchak a $7,000 tip from cash that had been donated by Schall’s greater than 141,000 Instagram followers from around the globe.
Schall posted a video of her dinner and the second she tipped Hrushchak on her Instagram page.
The comic captioned the video, calling it the “Best Date Ever!!!!”
“With only a short notice I asked my followers to donate whatever they wanted so we could gift some waitstaff some extra money during these hard times,” Schall wrote on Instagram. “Over $13k donated and lots of smiles this was hands down the best date ever!!!!!!!!”
In the video, after Schall provides Hrushchak the massive tip, the server may be heard saying: “Oh my God, are you joking?”
“No, it’s yours to do whatever you want with it.,” Schall responded. “I know times are so tough.”
The video exhibits the 2 hugging, and Schall tells Hrushchak that the tip was raised by her followers.
“It’s a gift, it’s from them,” Schall says, pointing to her digicam. “It’s not even me.”
“Thank you so much guys, I don’t even know what to say,” Hrushchak says, wanting into the digicam.
Afterward, Schall distributed the rest of the donated cash to different members of the restaurant workers.
Schall advised Bloomberg that when she began asking for donations Thursday morning, she anticipated to get one thing like $1,000. She by no means anticipated donations would attain $13,000.
“I was so overwhelmed,” Schall advised the journal.
Schall, a humorist, has additionally struggled throughout the pandemic. After a video she posted in November about her goals for 2020 went viral, folks began tipping her for her on-line performances, which she advised Bloomberg “made all the difference.”
Hrushchak advised Bloomberg that she’ll ship a few of the tip to her household in Ireland and can use it to cowl her lease and payments. She’s additionally planning to put aside a few of the cash so she will go on a small trip, in accordance with the journal.
“I still feel like it wasn’t real,” Hrushchak mentioned. “It’s one of these pinch-me moments.”