I realize I’m showing my age here, but I remember that Donna Summer song “She Works Hard for the Money” and how she always performed it in a waitress outfit. Therefore I always associate that song with waitresses….even if that really wasn’t the meaning of the song. In any event, I know waitresses work very hard. I’ve always known that, but I learned it first hand when I worked as a waitress during my summer break a few years ago.
I was thrilled to come home with cash in my pocket, but I was so exhausted. Obviously, it’s a physically demanding job, but I had little grasp of that until I experienced it first hand. Since that experience I have made sure to be generous and kind with tipping wait staff. I’ve never really been a tightwad when it came to tipping, but since I did it myself I try to overcompensate for all the crappy people that stiffed me.
Tonight’s first was a very generous tip. Now listen, let’s put this in perspective. The waitress we had at dinner is not going to think she won the lottery. I don’t mean to make myself out to be this amazing philanthropist like the female version of Warren Buffet. However, if she was expecting 15-18% of the total bill, suffice to say she will be happy and hope that I visit again soon.
I remember the times I had costumers who left me more than a fair share for the tip. It made my night. Truthfully, few people waitress just because they have nothing better to do. People waitress for the money. I hope if my waitress was having a rough week my tip made it a little bit more bearable. In our brief conversation while she was serving us, she shared with me that she had two kids at home. I hope a good tip made the sting of being away from them for those hours less painful.
And more than anything I hope if you are reading this, you are inspired to treat those in service jobs a little bit nicer, with more patience, and with uncharacteristic generosity.