To be honest…I can’t figure out which one is the animal here…
This tip receipt left by a soldier was posted on Facebook yesterday by a Military Apparel Company, Ranger Up Military and MMA Apparel, stating “Don’t Be That Guy”…
I am a full time soldier with a college degree and countless hours/days/weeks of military training. If my check were boiled down hourly it would be roughly $30/hr. Which is exactly why I refuse to tip someone more than $10 for my half hour at a restaurant. If they have only two tables, they are making more than me, with zero training for their job. I tip that only hoping that they are serving while pursuing some other form of training or education. If I knew that waiting tables was the apex of their career ambition, I would only tip $2 and tell them to set better career goals.
If it makes me a bad person to refuse to reward low goals and lack of defined career path, so be it. I guess I am an asshole.
Yes John…you are an asshole. For you to judge a server by their career goals and assume they have no goals in life or their future careers, that makes you an asshole. For you to think that you are better or more important than a server, you are an asshole. You see John…anyone can be a soldier as well…but in order to be a good soldier you need to have respect for the people you are supposedly protecting and fighting for.
I had a customer come in one day that was obviously emotionally shaken. I was ear hustling their conversation because I feel weird just asking a random stranger what’s wrong. Anywho, I found out that her son was a US Marine and had been shot in action that day and she had just found out while she was on lunch with her friends. I didn’t really know what to do, but being a veteran I HAD to do something. I work at a Mexican Grill and we give out fried ice creams for people’s birthdays and I figured this was a good reason to give someone an ice cream, it’s the least i could do right? So i bring out the ice cream and told her instead of drinking her problems away (like she said she’d rather be doing) she should enjoy a nice ice cream and have positive thoughts for her son. She instantly started crying and ended up tipping $15 on her $7 lunch.
Small gestures go a long way. I now have a regular customer and I make sure she gets something nice every time she comes in. I found out later her son pulled through and she said her day really did improve after coming in.