Diane Bell, a columnist at The San Diego Union-Tribune, relayed the story of a concessions worker who tripped on a stair in the club level of Qualcomm Stadium during a Sept. 1 preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. In the process, Heather Allison sent about $1,000 fluttering over the railing and into two sections of field level seating below. Allison, who has sold refreshments in club sections 36 and 37 for five years, watched as her customers shouted down an explanation for the sudden cloudburst of cash: "That's the server's money!"
Not even 10 minutes later, a stadium security official returned a stack of bills to Allison. "It was all there," said the full-time student and mother of four, who pocketed $170 in tips. "Chargers fans are amazing. We're like a family."