Couple leaves $500 tip for IHOP waitress in Idaho

(KHQ) - Christmas will be a little brighter for an Idaho waitress after a couple left her a $500 tip.

Rhonda Poole didn't know the couple she had served at the Couer d'Alene IHOP had left the generous tip until after they'd already left.

"I was thinking I can't accept this, it's too much," Poole says.

The family made sure Rhonda didn't see the tip until they'd left the restaurant.

Now she can put this money toward making this holiday season extra special.

"It's going to make a huge difference for me and my family," she says. "Bills are due, Christmas is around the corner...there are so many kind people out there. That someone would do that for a complete stranger blows my mind. It's one of the nicest things I've ever seen."