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Positive News: Disabled Missouri Teenager Working at Pizza Ranch Given $2,500 Tip for 'Positive Attitude and Work Ethic'

Zack Love

A disabled teenager that works the cash register at Pizza Ranch in Independence, Missouri received a surprise visit from a customer that wanted to give him an incredible tip for his hard work and positive attitude while working. He received $2,500 and it touched the teenager in a positive way.
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One teenager is excited to come to work, especially after the generous tip he recently received from a Pizza Ranch customer, wanting to recognize his hard work and great attitude.

Pizza Ranch Customer Gives $2,500 Cash Tip to Deserving Teenager

KCTV 5 News reported that 16-year-old Ryheem Lumpkins is not an ordinary teenager. He has been working as a cashier at Pizza Ranch in Independence, Missouri, and gives it his all, despite a disability where his arms and hands did not fully develop at birth. He is always hard at work cleaning when he isn't at the register, and one customer took notice.
Ryheem behind the cash registerPhoto byKCTV 5 News

On Tuesday, May 30, Robert Samay came into Pizza Ranch to give Ryheem an extra special tip.

About a month ago, Robert was impressed with Ryheem's positive attitude and work ethic, so he gave Ryheem a $5 tip and saw how much it blessed him, so Robert came back to Pizza Ranch with a friend and they counted out $2,500 in $50 bills to give to Ryheem, and it even brought him to tears, and he gave Robert a hug.
Robert Samay speaking to Ryheem about his positive work ethicPhoto byKCTV 5 News

Robert said to him:

“I appreciate your hard work, your good smile, your good attitude. We don’t get that nowadays, especially with young kids.” -Robert Samay, Pizza Ranch customer

Robert told KCTV 5 News, “Money comes and goes,” he remarked. “It’s rare to find someone like Ryheem.”

Ryheem told KCTV 5 News how he felt after the kind gesture from Samay.

“To be honest, I was speechless. I never had nothing in my life that had happened to me like that before...That right there showed me that there’s more people in the world that really cares for me." -Ryheem Lumpkins, Pizza Ranch employee

Ryheem knows he is different that most teenagers.

He said:

“I don’t describe it as a condition. God made me like this for a reason. I’m a regular person. I don’t think of it as a disability,” Lumpkins said. “It don’t prevent me from nothing. If I feel like I can do it, I can do it.” -Ryheem Lumpkins, Pizza Ranch employee

Ryheem also shares how he deals with it on a daily basis.

He said:

“Don’t ever hide it,” he said. “Embrace what you have different from other people. Because a lot of people think it’s cool and a lot of people wouldn’t think it’s cool. The negative words, don’t let it get to your head. Because there’s a lot of positive in the world. There’s more positive than negative.” -Ryheem Lumpkins, Pizza Ranch employee

Ryheem currently attends William Chrisman High School and plans to save this tip toward the purchase of his first car.

Congratulations to Ryheem for receiving a tip for your hard work, and it's refreshing to see people like Robert Samay that reward deserving young people in the community.

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Webster, Betsy. "‘I was speechless’: Teen cashier at Pizza Ranch gets $2,500 tip from customer." KCTV 5 News. 30 May 2023.

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