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Exec Gives Waitress Tip of a Lifetime

July 13, 2001|From Staff and Wire Reports

In the midst of a dull shift at the Excalibur Club, Chicago waitress Colleen Gallagher's fortunes took a turn for the better when John Boc, CEO of Meridian Investments Inc., told her to give herself a $1,000 tip.

Boc made the $1,000 offer after a chat with Gallagher, who told about struggling to provide for her two sons, according to an account in the Boston Herald that was confirmed by a Meridian official.

After drawing tears of gratitude, Boc then pulled out a wad of credit cards. "Pick a card," he told her.

"He said, 'Take that card and go give yourself $10,000.' " A check was issued this week, she said.

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