By Abbey Niezgoda
Kristen Ruggiero has been punching in at Uncle Tony's Pizza in Cranston for the last 15 years. She has her share of regulars, but the best table she has ever had was taken up by complete strangers.
"I've had regulars leave me a good tip," Ruggiero said. "But nothing like that."
A couple walked in one night in July, she served them a pizza and made some small talk.
"I said yeah you know I have three kids. I'm a single mother," Ruggiero said.
She did not know those few words would add up to the larges tip she has ever received.
"There check was in here, it was $42, and there were five $100 bills rolled up," Ruggiero said. "My first reaction was am I counting this right because I was in shock."
The shock led her to think it was all a mistake. She held on to the money thinking they would come back for it, but when they finally did a few weeks later, it was only to say something else.
"He said no it was absolutely not a mistake you deserved it."
Her co-workers cannot help but agree.
"We were just so happy for her because she deserves it out of anyone at this place the most," Christine Lamoureux said. "Because she's a single mother of three and she works so hard and she's just an amazing person."
Ruggiero has already spent some of the money on a trip to Six Flags with her kids. She hopes to take one more before they head back to school next week.