Jazmine White, left, and Paul Sullivan, right, at Hawg and Ale after she
received her special surprise tip from Sullivan.
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A TIP OF
GENEROSITY * One Saturday morning, Paul Sullivan read a
story in that day’s MDJ which detailed the
plight of Jazmine White, a mother of two and
employee at Marietta’s Hawg and Ale Smokehouse.
White attended Cobb Magistrate Court for
an eviction hearing March 13, the day before
Georgia’s chief justice declared a judicial state
of emergency. The declaration put a hold on
evictions, but White couldn’t take advantage of
the moratorium to make up the rent she owed:
Hawg and Ale closed that same weekend due
to the coronavirus.
Sullivan, a regular at the restaurant —
which has since reopened — drove to Hawg
and Ale on Saturday to see whether the folks
working there could pass White’s number
Turns out, she was working that morning.
They chatted, Sullivan paid for his food
and approached Buddy Finethy, the restaurant’s
owner to tell him he’d left White a
“He said ‘This is for real, this is the real
thing and I wanted to make sure that she got it
all,” Finethy said. “He left before she came
Finethy took a look at the $11 bill. Sullivan
had left White a $3,000 tip, the amount of back
rent she still owed.
“Literally, she went from not knowing how
she and her two kids were going to survive,
basically, to having a glimmer of hope,” Finethy
In his four decades in the restaurant
industry, Finethy has never seen anything like
it, he said. And yet, it was par for the course in
“What I found since we moved Hawg and
Ale to Marietta (two years ago) is that people
are – they’re just different here. People are real
and they’re personal and connected,” Finethy
said. “It just makes my faith in humanity
reaffirmed when good things happen to good
40 COBB LIFE | JUNE 2020