True Story: Qualcomm Stadium Server Trips, Loses $1,000, and Chargers Fans Give it all Back!
I love telling stories of acts of kindness. I think there is good out there, we just hear the hard luck and underbelly of human nature. This story put a lump in my throat and reminded me of favors that have been done for me.
During the game at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, a Club Level server by the name of Heather Allison tripped on a stair, and all the money she’d taken in for the day — about $1,000 — flew out her hands and landed all over the area — on fans in attendance, under seats, and one level down in the lower field section.
Instead of doing the full-on “Ocean’s Eleven” money grab, the fans’ first instinct was to let everyone in the vicinity know just whose money it was.
“All my customers began screaming over the railing to the people below: ‘That’s the server’s money,'” Allison, a mother of four and full-time student, recalled. Club level fans started collecting the money in their section, as did the field level patrons.
In the end, Allison got back every bit of the money she inadvertently lost, and pocketed $170 in tips for the evening after giving the concession company its cut. “It was all there,” she said. “Chargers fans are amazing. We’re like a family.”