Restaurant staff stunned by $4,000 tip left by Peloton Challenge team – KION546

By Juli McDonald

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MENDON, Mass. (WBZ) — At Lowell’s restaurant in the small town of Mendon, a large group came in for breakfast recently. About 20 members of Wicked Smaht Zone, an online team of passionate Peloton racers.

“We can all have fun on the bike and do some really special things too,” said Joshua Vernon, who started the rapidly growing group and lives in Mendon.

Special things that Vernon refers to, like spreading kindness; especially to those for whom the pandemic has been hard.

“Personnel and the service industry all over the world have been affected by this. They came to work so that we could have some kind of normalcy in our lives,” he said.

The large group of fully vaccinated and boosted runners paid their check and set off. Lowell staff were stunned with a tip of almost $4,000.

“We were pretty excited when we all found out. Me and Stephanie literally had shocked faces!

“Definitely saving for college. Super excited about it. Told my mom and put it away. Can’t touch it,” two servers recalled.

Lowell’s has been part of the Mendon community for over 30 years.

“The smiles behind these masks speak volumes. It’s good. We are very grateful,” said owner Lydia Kotsianas.

This “challenge team” has some 1,200 members across New England. Most don’t know the Lowell staff; they don’t have to.

“Times are tough for everyone. Small acts like this could go a long way. Just anything anyone can do right now to put a smile on someone else’s face. It doesn’t matter what it is,” Vernon added.

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