Calif. Waitress Wants ‘Prank’ to Change Her Career

Apr 1, 2014 2:09pm

The California waitress who won a car, a trip to Hawaii, a job teaching yoga and $1,000 in a “prank” says she hopes the experience allows her to make her dream come true.

“I love working at the restaurant and waitressing and being around people but I want to teach yoga full-time through my foundation,” Chelsea Roff, 23, told GoodMorningAmerica.com.  “That’s my goal.”

Roff, of Venice, Calif., showed up to work her normal lunch shift at L.A.’s Spring Street Smoke House on March 18th when she got the surprise of her life.

Her first customer, a “very nice man who ordered ribs” left her a $1,000 tip.

Roff’s second customer, a doctor, offered her a job teaching yoga at a treatment center.

“I saw the yoga book on her table and started talking to her about it and she said she was a director at a treatment center so I knew something was up at that point because that’s not normal, for someone to announce that,” said Roff, who herself suffered from an eating disorder so severe it led to a stroke and an 18-month hospitalization.

Roff’s gut feeling  that “something was up” was correct.  She was unknowingly the “victim” of a YouTube prank, but in this case the pranksters at Break.com had decided to “Prank It FWD” and change the lives of people like Roff.

Roff, who has worked at the restaurant for five months, kept doing her job after her first two tips and was rewarded by a third tip, those one from a couple who told her they had no money and so would leave her two tickets to Hawaii instead.

“At that point I just started laughing,” Roff said.

Roff’s laughs turned into happy tears when her fourth customer handed her a car key inside of her meal payment and told her to go outside.

There waiting for Roff was a brand new Nissan along with her friend, Diana Roehl, who had helped her through her eating disorder recovery.

“When Diana popped out, that’s how it just hit me that it was real,” Roff said.  “I cried. I was so, so happy.”

“No one has ever just given me things that I don’t have to work for,” she said.  “I was just so shocked. In life you work for things, that’s how you get things.”

Roff was nominated for Break.com’s “Prank It FWD” campaign by her boss, Spring Street Smoke House owner Chris Patterson.

“Believe me, Chelsea deserves a vacation,” Patterson said in Break.com’s YouTube video of the surprise.

Roff founded her own non-profit, Eat Breathe Thrive, to help individuals recover from eating disorders through yoga, which is what helped her recover nearly six years ago.

With the funding and media attention surrounding her “Prank It FWD” win, Roff wants to grow Eat Breathe Thrive into her full-time career.

First, however, she has a vacation to Hawaii with her boyfriend to take, although finding time is difficult.

“I keep thinking maybe there’s treatment centers in Hawaii I can go to and then it’s like no, just go and relax,” Roff said.  “I’ve never been to Hawaii and I can’t remember the last time I took a vacation, maybe when I was 14 or something.”

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