“About a week and a half ago, on October 7, my three 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. These are some of the words contained in a note sent by a group of teens to a waiter who served them as they were headed to their homecoming dance.
When a group of teenagers entered a Los Angeles restaurant for a meal before they proceeded to their homecoming dance they entered with them flashes of memory which reminded the waiter that was to serve to them his experience as a young high school student looking forward to his homecoming dance. So he made sure he gave the teenagers a premium service to make the experience memorable but unfortunately for him after serving the teens and doing a great job, they gave him a meager tip of $3.
While it has been argued in some quarters that customers are not bound to pay the waiter an extra sum of money as a tip for the service rendered that it is the sole responsibility of the restaurant to take care of it servers and such responsibility should not be shifted to the customers who patronize the restaurant just to have a nice meal.
It is not out of place for customers to give waiters and waitresses tips for a job well done, it should be borne in mind that waiters and waitresses do not really make enough money to keep body and soul together from their job it is through tips that they are able to meet up some of their financial obligations.
So when the teenagers gave the waiter the sum of $3.28 as a tip he went home feeling hatred for the students and assumed they were entitled to look down on people like him.
After several days and forgetting the faces of the teenagers the waiter moved on with his life but ten days later an unexpected thing happened he received a letter from the teenagers.
“… 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 pockets, 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!”.