Signed The Black Guy

After receiving bad service, a customer left this unexpected note and tip behind for his server…

Note Reads:

Dear Patricia T,

I am attempting to show you more kindness and attention than you showed me today. I have also arranged to buy your meal during your shift with your manager as well. I was once a server and I know it sucks! I had crappy days and bad tippers but never gave attitude. It was always about guarding my words and actions and rising to the job I was hired to do. Take the money and buy a snickers.


“The black guy they sat in your section and you didn’t want to serve because the don’t tip”

Have you ever adjusted your service based on a stereotype?

I Remember What It’s Like

Sharon: A waitress I work with had this left for her today!


Note reads: To the waitress who had a table that had a tab of $117 and didn’t tip (AKA: Blond in Grey Shirt)

I waited tables for 5 years to help put myself through college, I have a great job now, I am married to a guy with a good job. However I remember what it’s like to get stiffed by a big table.

It’s not much but I hope it helps make up for that.

Always Remember Where You Came From

Makenzie: So here’s the deal. Our service tonight sucked. Took 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for our entree. People all around us were making fun of the restaurant & how bad the service was. Yeah, it was pretty terrible. But, it was very obvious that the issue was being short staffed, not the server. He was running around like crazy and never acted annoyed with any table. At one point we counted he had 12 tables plus the bar. makenzieMore than any one person could handle! As I sat there and watched him run back & forth and apologize for the wait, I said to Steven… Wow, this used to be us. Waiting tables. I don’t miss it at all and I never loved that job. I did it for the tips. Steven and I agreed it would feel good to make this guys night when he would probably be getting minimal to no tips due to slow service. We walked out before he saw this and I’m not posting this for a pat on the back. I’m just sharing this as a friendly reminder to think of the entire situation, before you judge. And always always always remember where you came from.


How Refreshing

This was mailed to my cocktailer at work along with a $60 check. Refreshing.

(Submitted By T.)


Note Reads: On Friday, July 18 I ran a bar bill of 340.00 and only tipped you 10 dollars by mistake. I should have computed around seventy, but mentally doubled 34 instead of 340. I apologize for any distress I may have caused, for you did an excellent job for all of us. I can only wonder why you didn’t challenge me on this. Anyway, I hope this atones for my error.

James E.

God Bless America

I work at The Cheesecake Factory in Aventura – the biggest tourist area in North Miami. It was my last round of tables on a busy Friday night, and overall, I had had a pretty decent night.

I was sat this French couple with their 3 or 4 year old daughter. They were pretty awful, extremely needy, very short with me, and would snap their fingers at me while I was at other tables. They did this multiple times when I was with the table right next to them, who happened to be a very nice young couple who I liked a lot! The looks on their faces to see how rude they were to me were priceless, and they kept giving me very apologetic looks.

Finally, it was time for the French couple to close out, they left me $3 on $80. Surprise surprise. I was expecting it, so it didn’t upset me too much. What I wasn’t expecting was the young couple next to them to make up for their lack of tip, adding an extra tip line to their check and writing “for the lovely couple next to us that left you $3. God Bless America.” It totally made my night, and there really are some truly awesome people out there.

(Submitted By Brittany)

In Memory Of Kathleen Murphy – A Heartwarming Tip Story

My co-worker Meghan Murphy lost her sister Kathleen “Katie” Murphy who was also my co-worker. In memory of Katie, Meghan left this note and tip for her server today on Katie’s Birthday. I hope you can share this story and maybe fans can even say something nice to the family.




Today would have been Kathleen Murphy’s 26th birthday. In honor of my sister’s birthday I am giving you a gift. Live each day to the fullest and never forget those who have touched you. Happy Birthday Katie!!
You can leave thoughts and condolences for the family HERE.