Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions or personal experiences.

There's no doubt that people in the service industry are some of the hardest working people out there and are often taken for granted. They work long hours, are constantly on the go, have to deal with every type of customer imaginable, and do it all with a smile.

As a rule, I always tip at least 20% of the bill, more if it was exceptionally good service, and I'm pretty frugal with my money. I especially love it when the restaurant or bar already does the math for you by giving you suggested tips. I suck at math. These tips are often times part of wait staff's pay and are crucial for them to earn a living wage.

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These are the people that worked through the pandemic, often taking several jobs to make it through the downturn in people eating out in public and then were there for the rush as things started to get back to normal.

All that work doesn't always go unrecognized. Sure there are lousy tippers, but every so often customers decided to be very generous. You'll read about and watch these stories that happen all across the country on the news, and if you're like me, are amazed at the generosity of these kind people.

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Believe it or not, a lot of these stories happen close to home. We've put together a list of 17 heartwarming times that servers in Maine and New Hampshire got big tips from their customers. If these stories don't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will.

17 Times Maine and NH Servers Received Massive Tips from Customers

Working in the service industry can be hard. But sometimes that hard work can pay off big when a generous customer thanks a server with a huge tip. Here are 17 times that happened to servers in Maine and New Hampshire.

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