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Waitress given $6,000 tip by customers

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A cheerful 18-year-old waitress at a Nebraska Cracker Barrel has even more to smile about after a couple of customers left her a $6,000 tip.

During their meal the two men questioned Abigail Sailors, who has spent nearly her entire life in foster care, as to why she was so happy.

What the 18-year-old told them moved the anonymous tippers so much that one immediately got out his check book.

The $6,000 tip means Abigail, who was working to raise funds for college, can return to her studies in North Dakota

'I couldn't believe it. I tried to thank them, and they said, "Thank God",' she said.

When the customers first came into the Cracker Barrel they had asked to be seated with the grumpiest waitress but, after being told all the staff were happy, they were put with the most cheerful - Abigail.

As they questioned the 18-year-old, she revealed a tragic life where she lived with an abusive stepfather after her mother was seriously injured in a car accident.

Abigail was seven months old when her parents crashed on a country road, leaving her mother brain damaged.

After her father was declared unfit to care for Abigail and her four brothers and sisters, the children were moved to a foster home.

'All the horror stories you hear about foster care, we lived through it,' Abigail's sister, Sydnie, told reporters.

Their foster father was eventually jailed for abuse, and the siblings were sent to live in separate homes.

Abigail, Sydnie and one of their brothers were moved back with their biological father, but he too was arrested for abuse.

The siblings didn't experience any love or stability until John and Susi Sailors took them in nine years ago.

'I don't know how I would have turned out if I didn't have them. They shaped the person I am today,' Abigail, who has adopted the couple's family name, said.

As well as telling her customers about her difficult upbringing, Abigail told them of her plans for the future, and how she had just completed her first semester at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota.

Despite not having the funds immediately available to be able to return for the next semester, she told the men she couldn't wait to continue her studies in youth ministry and psychology.

It was at that point that one of the customers, who had attended the same college, wrote out a check to pay $5,000 in tuition fees and $1,000 in school supplies.

The men also left a $100 tip which Abigail shared with another waitress.

'I said, "Are you serious", and my eyes just filled with tears. It's always been my dream college to go there and play basketball, and go to a Christian school where I can seek God,' she told FOX NEWS.

Her foster father was also full of praise for Abigail, saying: 'Shes always been a good worker and paid her own bills and saved her money.

He added: 'Shes a great girl. Its amazing where she is from, what shes been through.'

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