BRANSON, Mo. (WKRN) – An Arkansas couple gave their favorite waitress a generous tip right before the holidays – a car.
Gary and Roxann Tackett of Quitman, Arkansas, surprised Cindi Grady, a waitress at a Cracker Barrel in Branson, Missouri, with a silver 2008 Ford Fusion on Nov. 29. to replace her dilapidated Hyundai Accent.
“I was totally shocked,” Grady, 51, told ABC News. “I don’t expect. … I never thought in my wildest dreams that someone would ever give me a car that nice.”
The Tacketts first noticed Grady’s vehicle this summer in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel the few times they ate there.
The blue Hyundai had a banged up hood, which was held down by a strap. The frame was bent with the driver seat side window shattered and covered in plastic wrap.
The couple believed the car had been abandoned. Once they realized someone was driving it, they asked a hostess at the restaurant for the name of the owner.
The Tacketts, who own a hardware store called Central Arkansas Tool Supply, found out that the car belonged to Grady.
The restaurant told them that Grady was a hard worker just trying to make a living for herself and her disabled son.
The couple then set out to find her a more “dependable” car and eventually purchased the Ford in November for $2,500.
“After finding that she’s a good employee, and that she has a disabled son, we thought, ‘Okay, we can help her,'” Roxann Tackett told ABC News.
Grady told ABC News that she is grateful to the Tackett’s whom she called “nice, god-fearing people” and loves her Ford.
“It’s nice knowing when I wake up that I don’t need to worry about my car starting,” she said.
*ABC News contributed to this report.