**An extremely late post! Just deal with it**
Alright so there have been a few happenings in my life, and I haven’t even posted about them yet, shame on me I know. Well there will be lots of updates coming but for now I thought I would share a happy little story of “IT” happening to me. Feel free to read them HERE, HERE and HERE …
While at work a few months back I was having a hands down most horrible day ever! Soldier had left for training after an in depth conversation about our relationship and him deploying and I was feeling pretty down, add in serving cheap lunch customers during my mid shift (10am-9pm) and you have got yourself a reason to hang yourself. Well fast forward to the end of my shift and my last two tables.
The second to last table was a cute little couple with their parents and of course their infant. Well to make me even more jealous of this table and their seemingly perfect life of new baby and a functional set of parents, I then found out that they were looking to move to Tennessee for Grad school. Of course not only do they have a darling baby now they get to take that cute baby back to Tennessee, the state I grew up in, the place I miss terribly and the place I would kill to take my Little Man back to. Oh and this table of people were so nice that I was unable to hate them which always makes it worse, right!? After discussing their move with them and reassuring the wife that Tennessee is a wonderful place and even though it is far away she will love it I got my last table.
My last table was two men, semi-professional looking and a little rowdy. I was a little nervous about how this was going to go but I knew I was close to the end, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and I knew I could do this…I hoped at least.
Well this new table ordered two appetizers and I got them all fired off to the kitchen. After several drink refills and a few glances from the gentlemen I realized it had been a while since their apps were ordered. I decided to go back to the kitchen and see what was the hold up. When I got back there the manager and another server were standing by the appetizer printer (where the orders come back) and looked like they too were trying to solve an issue. I asked what was going on and was informed that the printer had jammed and my order, among others had not been placed. While the manager was putting out the other fires I went down to my table to just deal with the situation.
I told them about the snafu and offered them more bread. They joked a bit with me and decided on the bread. I brought out a loaf and a little ramekin of cinnamon butter, something we aren’t really allowed to do. I informed my table that we weren’t allowed to do this but since their order got lost I wanted them to be happy and thought it might help. They of course shouted out “We got cinnamon butter, manager come fire her!” They thought they were so clever and funny. This shouting of course woke up the infant at the table next to them, which lead to me apologizing to that table and a whole chain of events.
Fast forward a tad, just a few more minutes after I delivered the appetizers to them and my manager approached me. He started out with, “Did you give your table cinnamon butter with their second loaf of bread?” I panicked and slowly, very quietly said, “sure did.” He then went on to tell me that my table had just called the hostess stand and told her to play a joke on me and act like I’m in big trouble. Unfortunately for my table my manager is a bit of a prankster who believes all is fair in the world of jokes. He told me that if they wanted to play a joke, a joke they would get. He came up with this elaborate plan and told me to go with it…here is how it played out.
Slowly and cautiously I walked up to this table. I then informed them that my manager had found out about the cinnamon butter and had gotten extremely upset. At this point I started to tear up (something I do easily since I cry over everything and since this day had been from hell). I told the customers how he was so upset that I was getting sent home and I would no longer be their server. They laughed and joked for a second not believing anything i was saying. This is when the tears started to flow down my cheeks as I said I was so sorry and thanks for coming in. One gentleman got a stone cold sober face, he looked super sick and worried he had just gotten me fired, luckily he was the one that was facing the hostess stand where a few servers, my manager and the hostess had gathered. This of course looked suspicious but luckily the man did not see them since my tears had him in a complete panic. The other guy kept up with the, “whatever’s” and “you are not serious” comments as I slowly walked away, tears still falling.
I walked back to the kitchen, surprisingly I maintained complete composure until I got back there and was mauled by the rush of people coming in to laugh hysterically at what had happened. We laughed for a while and chatted about how funny the one guy had been. I almost started to feel bad for him, not enough to actually do anything about it at that moment though. I waited a while until their food was done and then took it out to them.
I started laughing as I walked up and saw their faces. I informed them of my managers plot to destroy them with his practical joke and we all had a good time laughing it up. They commented about how impressed they were that I could pull out tears like that and I told them about the horrible day I had just had. Since my other table had left and I was told I wouldn’t have any more tables that night I stayed and chatted for a while. We got to talking about a lot of random things, one of which was how the guy that showed some remorse for me was that person that was lucky. His friend and I joked about how he was one of those that won lotteries or had random people leave him their life savings and the likes.
We then talked about some of the crappy tips people left and some of the good ones other people have gotten. I talked about how the people that should tip the most are those that don’t and how they had been an awesome table and probably shouldn’t even tip since it had been my highlight to play this joke on them. They joked that I needed to get out more if that was the highlight of my working at Ruby River. I agreed of course and we all laughed. After paying their bill we joked more and we were all laughing as they walked out…warm fuzzies for anyone right now? Tender right?!
As they left the hostess came up to get the details and after I gave them she said, “too funny, I bet they left you a good tip.” I agreed thinking maybe they had left 20% instead of 10% or something like that. I have never been so wrong in my life. I opened up their ticket book and saw that they had in fact left me a 100% tip. They had doubled their food bill and given that to me as a tip. At the bottom was a note that said, “It’s not $100 or a life savings but I hope it helps.”
This is hands down the best experience I have ever had and it certainly made my day completely wonderful, even with the horrid day it had started out as.
So in a sense, a very wonderful sense…”IT” has happened to me. It wasn’t a life savings, or winning lottery ticket but it was in fact a great tip, and more than that it was a wonderful experience. The experience was not wonderful because of that tip but because of the people. It was amazing to have a table that fun and to know that good people still exist in this world. Honestly it would have been just as amazing without the money, don’t get me wrong that did help immensely, but it was so nice to have a table that treated me more like a person than a server/slave. I get a lot of awesome people at my tables but truly nothing like this. These men were wonderful and for sure helped save my day.
So to the two men that sat in my section on that horrid of days, I love you and thank you for making my life a little better. The little things do matter and the fact that you would do the little things of talking to me like a person meant the world to me, especially on that day. Thank you and I now know you deserve all the luck in the world that comes your way…Karma is beautiful!