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Mysterious benefactor leaves $100 tips at Fall River businesses

“We were all pretty stoked that he came in and did that because he didn't have to.”

Last weekend, out of the blue, a man walked into several businesses in a Fall River shopping center and left a generous tip.

Employees at four stores in the SouthCoast Marketplace reported a man coming to their businesses, leaving a $100 bill, and then departing without purchasing anything. 

At Supercuts, the man walked in, gave the receptionist the cash, and then left, according to hairstylist Rachael Thibault. 

“It felt great,” Thaibault told Boston.com. “It’s been a tough time with COVID and people have been kind of struggling to live so it was nice [of him] to come in and appreciate something that he wasn’t even getting done.”

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The anonymous benefactor also visited Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Jersey Mikes, and Five Guys, according to The Herald News

“Everyone was very happy and very surprised,” Karen Davis, general manager of Tropical Smoothie Café, told the newspaper. “They were saying, ‘We’re getting a $100 tip, we’re getting a $100 tip.'”

She said the tip was split evenly among everyone working that day. 

The identity of the visitor is unknown, but Jenai Badillo, general manager of Jersey Mike’s Subs, told the News that based on security footage he appeared to be in his 30s and wearing a black sweatshirt with white lettering that read “Jesus is Good.”

Thibault told Boston.com that employees at Supercuts also had no clue who the man was. He came in on a busy Saturday afternoon, told the receptionist to split the tip between everyone working, and left without even getting his haircut. 

“I think he didn’t really want to make it known too loudly that he was doing it,” Thibault said. “If he wants to be known, I’m sure he would have already made himself known by now.”

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Thibault was in the back of the store when he came in, so only heard about it from coworkers. She said she was surprised at his generosity.

“We were all pretty stoked that he came in and did that because he didn’t have to,” Thibault said. “There was no real reason for him to do it.”

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