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It wasn't all bad

To celebrate the new year, loyal customer leaves juice bar workers a $2,021 tip

The year 2021 got off to a good start for the workers at Miami Squeeze.

On New Year's Day, a regular customer came into the North Miami Beach juice bar and health food restaurant and placed a $71.84 breakfast order. When she signed her receipt, she left a $2,021 tip plus a note: "Happy New Year!!! Always love coming here."

Kelly Amar, whose parents have owned Miami Squeeze for 35 years, told The Miami Herald this is "the biggest tip we've ever gotten by far. This blows out anything we've ever gotten." The customer requested that the tip be split among everyone who works at Miami Squeeze, which resulted in each employee receiving almost $100. "It was a really special moment," Amar said.

While business is doing better now than it was during the beginning of the pandemic, Miami Squeeze is still a long way from fully recovering, and the customer's generosity made a big difference in the lives of employees. "This was her way of giving back and this really helps us because this has been a really hard year for all of us," Amar said.