9Kristen Ruggiero - $458
Single mother of three, Kristen Ruggiero thought it was a mistake when a couple who spent $42 on dinner left behind $500 to settle their bill. The waitress assumed the pair had intended to leave five $10 bills, instead of the $100 bills that she'd found, so she decided to
set the change aside until the regulars returned to the restaurant, where upon she handed the change money back. The couple assured Kristen that they had intended for her to keep the change, insisting she deserved it for the exceptional service they received. Kristen gratefully excepted and used the extra money to pay off some bills, as well as treat her children to a trip to Six Flags.