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Good Samaritan replaces money stolen from tip jar

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LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Good Samaritan has stepped up to replace money that was taken from a tip jar at a South Florida restaurant.

Surveillance video captured two young men placing an order at the counter of World Famous Hamburger and Wing restaurant in Lauderdale Lakes. A man wearing a white baseball cap is seen dipping his hands into employee Monique Mericil's tip jar a total of seven times while she was not looking. Police said the subjects then paid for their meal with the tip money.

Restaurant owner Chris Brown said, "If this guy would have just came to me, I would've given him a free meal. I feel bad."

Mericil said, "When someone steals from you, you feel real bad."

After 7News aired the story of the theft at the restaurant, a viewer called saying he wanted to fill Mericil's tip jar. On Thursday, Hugh Graf walked into World Famous and more than doubled the amount taken from Mericil, who works six days a week. "It spoke to me," he said about her story, "and I thought, you know, if there's something I could do to help this lady out and let her know there's still good people out there, that she's still got people that are thinking about her and supporting her, that have her back, then why not?"

The suspect in the incident remains at large. Police continue investigating.

If you have any information on this thief's whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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