OUT & ABOUT
By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it."Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.
When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
Yes, that little boy had enough money for the entire ice cream sundae, but somewhere along the way he had been taught to always leave a tip for those who serve you. What a good lesson.
Do you always leave a tip?
I think back to the time when a group of friends went out for dinner, which was a rare occasion back a few years ago.
And we had terrible service.
Perhaps the waitress was on a longer shift - maybe there was trouble at home - maybe she really didn’t like her job - but her negative attitude did not gain her a tip.
As a matter of fact, we didn’t return to that establishment for a very long time.
Waiters, waitresses, people hauling food in sporting events, etc., all have a tough job. Pleasing the general public has got to be one of the toughest jobs imaginable.
But when a service person has done a good job, when they have gone out of their way to make your experience good, then they need to be rewarded. It reinforces their desire to do a good job.