In this Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 photo released by Saudi Arabia Center for International Communication, Ministry of Culture and Information, John Travolta talks at the Apex Convention Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Credit: AP

Bianca Brancella, a waitress at Pizza Hut in Rockland, told a Maine television station Thursday she received a surprise $200 Christmas tip and then met famous actor John Travolta in the same day.

Brancella, 25, told ABC affiliate WMTW her fiance has been out of work with an injury, and she’s been working extra shifts to make ends meet before Christmas. She said a customer asked her if she was ready for the upcoming holiday, then shocked her with a $200 tip Wednesday.

The woman told WMTW she then went to the department store T.J. Maxx and ran into none other than Travolta, who has a vacation property in the state. The star of “Pulp Fiction” and two-time Academy Award nominee agreed to take a selfie with Brancella.

She told the television station that with the big tip, she was able to buy Christmas presents for her immediate family.

“I’ve had a hard time believing that good things do happen to good people, but I no longer have doubts,” Brancella told WMTW.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.