A waitress at Lilly’s Cocktail & Wine bar at 50 West 72nd Street near Columbus Avenue got a pretty thrilling tip on Friday — a $7,000 check, courtesy of a comedian who had raised the money from her large social media following.
Robyn Schall, who has more than 140,000 followers on Instagram, live-streamed her meal at the wine bar on Thursday. She had raised $13,000 total, so she handed checks to various people who work there, explaining it was from her followers.
The waitress was 24-year-old Ulyana Hruschak.
“I still feel like it wasn’t real,” Hrushchak said in a phone interview with Bloomberg on Friday. “It’s one of these pinch-me moments.”
Schall said she wanted to spread the love, after donations have helped her stay afloat during the pandemic.
“Everyone’s struggling right now, and people just wanted to do something good,” Schall said in a phone interview, adding that she didn’t expect such a huge response. “I was so overwhelmed.”
As a stand-up comedian, Schall has relied on donations to support herself during the pandemic. She started performing more on YouTube and Instagram, but things really took off in November when a video about her 2020 goal list went viral.
See the full (hour and a half) live-stream:
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