There is only one chance to create a good first impression, but when these kids realized their error, they made every effort.
Four teenagers were being served by a server in Los Angeles, who made sure their evening was wonderful. He subsequently got a less than favorable tip. The fact that children and other individuals don’t grasp the etiquette of leaving a generous tip for hard work dismayed and infuriated the waiter.
He shared on social media how it affected him as a server when the youngsters only left him a $3.28 tip:
“Nothing more frustrating than when I get little to nothing for a tip and the customer is smiling and thanking me profusely as they exit”. But then something very unexpected happened!
Roughly one week later, he received a letter:
“About a week and a half ago, on October 7, my 3 friends and I came to eat at this restaurant as our own homecoming celebration. It was an exciting experience for us to be here alone, and it was all new to us.
And you were the best waiter we could ask for. You were kind, helpful, accommodating, didn’t treat us like babies, and were even able to fit the food to all my allergies! So I wanted to say thank you for making our ‘grown-up’ experience so amazing and fun.
I would also like to say sorry on behalf of my group. Since we were new to all of this, our 13-year-old minds didn’t exactly know how to deal with the bill. You were super helpful in dividing the checkup and taking our not-so-preferable cash.
The bill was reasonable, but we had completely forgotten (and frankly didn’t know) what a tip even was, let alone how much to give. So we emptied our pocked and all our money added up to $3.28.”
“Not aware of how small this really was, we left, clueless of what we had left you for all your hard work.
Later, we realized our mistake and felt HORRIBLE. We knew we had to make it right.
So in this envelope, you will find the correct 18% tip + extra for simply being amazing. We appreciate your help and patience and thank you for making our night fun. Thank you!”
The whole amount was about $100, so a $3.28 tip is less than 4% of that. Thankfully, the teenagers recognized their error and took the proper action.
The server wrote, “I’ve been serving a long time, and nothing like this has ever occurred to me, or anybody,” beside a photo of the letter that was uploaded online.
I’m not sure how you become knowledgeable about tipping, but I genuinely value your effort and generosity. I hope you had a wonderful homecoming!
People don’t always go the additional mile to make amends, but when they do, it may make all the difference in the world. This devout waiter really deserved it!