The average American server will not make a livable income if not tipped properly. While there are plenty of arguments in the debate on fair wages for these members of staff, the fact remains that in today’s American restaurant scene, tips are necessary to provide a living wage for servers, which is why customers should tip fairly, or even generously if they can afford to.
A waiter in Los Angeles was working extra hard one night as a group of 13-year-old teenagers arrived to be served before their homecoming dance. Knowing it was a special night for them, he worked extra hard to ensure that they had a great experience, waited on them with friendliness and professionalism, and did his best to make their time there great!
But when he went to collect the payment, he found a measly $3.28 tip – a miniscule amount that wouldn’t contribute much to the bills he had to pay. The waiter was disappointed and felt angry at the teenagers, believing them to be entitled and inconsiderate. Still, he was used to receiving low tips, so the incident slipped his mind as days went by.
Then, ten days after the poor tip, he found a letter waiting for him at the restaurant for his shift. It was from the four teenagers from before. They explained that it was their first sort of grown-up experience and that they hadn’t understood how to deal with the bill and weren’t able to tip as they didn’t have much cash left between them. When they left behind $3.28, which was all they had left, they hadn’t understood how small that amount was.
They finished the letter explaining how they realized their mistake and felt terrible for their ignorance. In the letter’s envelope, they enclosed an 18% tip, with extra because the waiter had been so wonderful to them. They thanked him and apologized, and the waiter’s day was made!
These teens realized their mistake, admitted to it, and fixed it. They did the right thing, and we could learn a thing or two from them!