I’ve always been a firm believer in two things. The first is that Mufasa should have never died in The Lion King. Most tragic moment in movie history and don’t @ me. The second thing that actually relates to this article is, all people should have to serve a year in their lives as a service employee. That could be food service, retail…basically anything where you have to deal with people. You probably utter things like:
Normally stories like this turn out to be people that are just garbage but thankfully it was all just a mistake that was turned around right away. All these 13 year old Homecoming kids wanted was a fun night out. It was their first real night away from the parents and they were going to enjoy it!
But Imgur user Seminole said this after he received a note from them the next day:
“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, I’ve been serving a long time. Nothing like this has ever happened to me, or anyone [I know].”
So what exactly did the letter say? Well take a look for yourself!
If you can’t read it on your iPhone 4S here it is in text:
Dear Mr. Waiter [deleted]
About a week and a half ago, on October 7, my 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 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 this, our 13-year-old minds didn’t exactly know how to deal with the bill. You were super helpful in dividing the check up 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!
– The 4 teenagers from that night”
Yeah pretty much.
Mr. Waiter Seminole continued with saying:
“These kids came back another day and left this for me at the front desk, with $18 and some change. I’ve been serving a long time, and nothing like this has ever happened to me, or anyone. I don’t know how you learned or educated yourself on tipping, but I really appreciate the effort and kindness. I hope your Homecoming was fantastic!”
Commenters were fast to respond with praise for the kids.
“Someone’s parents are doing a good job”
“What a wonderful letter! I really like the fact they numbered the pages. Still smiling. Thanks for sharing.”