Waitress gets pope tix as tip: 'Best day of my life'

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Kathy Mirano, left, and her papal-Mass benefactors. (Jack Tomczuk/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

It wasn’t a normal day for Kathy Mirano when she left her South Philly home near Broad and Federal. Marines were stationed at every corner on Broad Street as she headed to her job at Reading Terminal Market.

That was cool, but not nearly as remarkable as what happened several hours later.

Mirano, a 40-year-old server at Olympia Gyro, received a huge surprise when two of her customers gave her a literal golden ticket to the Papal Mass on Sunday.

The generous customers, nuns from Northeast Philly, asked Mirano whether she was attending the Mass, and Mirano said she wasn’t because she was unable to get a ticket. After they finished their meal, the nuns presented Mirano with a pass.

“It’s the best tip I’ve ever had,” she said. “I’m just lucky to get one. Everybody’s dying for one.”

Mirano, a Catholic who was born and raised in the Philippines, plans to head to the Parkway “right away” after her shift ends at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“It’s the best day of my life,” she said.