Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 256: Overtipped My Server



I've been telling friends and family lately that the opportunity for kindness is always all around us, we just have to look for it.  Unfortunately, the opportunity for kindness is sometimes a byproduct of others acting in an unkind manner.  Take what happened to me today for instance.  At around Noon, I became incredibly hungry (truth be told, I got hungry at like 10:45 but I was able to hold it off until after my 11 o'clock appointment).  I was driving around near the border of Chicago and Evanston trying to find some place to eat.  Surprisingly, there wasn't much around that really struck me, so I decided to stop in a Baker's Square.  I figured that it would be quick and cheap, so I pulled in.  As I scanned the menu, I was greeted by Pattie, a sweet senior citizen, who was potentially the most cheerful server I have had in quite some time.  I am extremely indecisive when it comes to choosing food items, so Pattie helped me ultimately choose the Coconut Chicken Salad after I had flip flopped between that and a turkey melt for 3-4 minutes.  She also informed me that it was free pie day (I opted for only a few bites of a very small piece as to not negate my choice of a salad.  While I was enjoying my salad, I overheard another table being completely rude to Pattie because of something she had no control over.  On top of that, after the people left, I heard a couple of Pattie's co-workers talking about how they stiffed her on her tip.  This isn't to brag, but I am generally a good tipper.  I worked as a bus boy for a few months in college, and I saw first hand how stressful the occupation can be, as well as how important tips are to their livelihood.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I overtipped my waitress by giving what I thought would cover a 20% tip for both my bill and the bill of the rude couple.  Just remember to think about yourself in someone else's shoes before you choose to mistreat them.

5 comments:

  1. Awesome work Ryan! I worked in that business for years. I am sure you made not only her day but possibly her week as well! :)

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  2. You should certainly sleep well tonight. What a great thing to do, but I can't help ruminate about those other people. What a shame, they must have miserable lives to be so nasty to others!!

    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

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  3. Good job, Ryan! My daughter(college kid) has been a delivery person & also a waitress. People either don't tip at all, give a very small tip, or tip very well. People forget that as a delivery person they have to have a car, gas,etc. Plus they depend on tips to help make their salary & keep their car running so they can deliver your food to your house. Waitresses depend on tips to help make their salary too. People forget that it is hard work to wait on people. Some people are wonderful and some are very messy eaters. Everyone please remember to be considerate of all restaurant people.

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  4. I've been reading your blog for quite a while now but this post really resonates with me. My daughter has been a server since she was in high school and for some crazy reason, she really enjoys it. I'm blown away by some of the stories she tells me about how rude, thoughtless, and entitled people can be. She's currently working at a Disney Resort and it startles me when she tells me how many times she gets completely stiffed or receives only a 5% or 10% tip.

    Thanks for your inspiring posts.

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  5. Considerate customers are just as important as the servers! Lucky Pattie! :o)

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