Fantasy Football Punishment Ends Up Raising $1,000 Tip For Waffle House Server

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Sometimes when you lose… you win.

An Atlanta man found a way to raise over a thousand dollars for his Waffle House server last week. How? Fantasy football…

As the loser of his fantasy football league, Michael Carsley’s punishment was to spend 24 hours in his local Waffle House. And for every waffle he ate, he would be allowed to leave the restaurant one hour early.

So to pass the time, he began live-streaming his punishment, but also, he got the idea to try and raise some money for his server Mosammat Shumi.

Five hours and 18 waffles later, Carsley was looking at a $49 bill and a $1,040 tip for Shumi… completely funded by friends and family (and some strangers) on Facebook.

“Today was nothing short of incredible. I appreciate and am thankful for everyone’s generosity. We raised $1,040 for our server, and the experience of watching her reaction was priceless. Though the Waffle House punishment was absolutely miserable, it was well worth it in the end.

Please excuse my chicken scratch handwriting. Also I had to screen shot the receipt because I didn’t take a picture of it before handing it over, hence why it’s backwards. The bill was $49.58, with tip it came to $1,089.58. All of you made a huge impact today.”

You see how easy it is to help people out?

Here’s a clip from Carsley’s final moments in the Waffle House, capturing the emotional an Shumi receiving her life-changing tip.

A Waffle House rep released the following statement in response to the generous tip:

“While we are sorry that Michael Carsley was unable to win his Fantasy Football league, we are honored that he chose to spend some time with us last Sunday. In doing so, he and his friends graciously turned a losing bet into something greater and extra special for our Associate, Mosammat Shumi, a beloved member of her restaurant team.

We also appreciate the way Mr. Carsley and his friends chose to recognize Ms. Shumi, a 12-year Waffle House veteran, for her service by thoughtfully pooling funds together in order to serve her such an extremely generous tip. We know it made her day, and it certainly made ours, so on behalf of our entire Waffle House Team, we thank them.

We do wish Mr. Carsley better luck with his next Fantasy Football team. But just in case, we’ll be sure to keep the waffle bakers hot and ready.”


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A beer bottle on a dock