I’ve greeted you with a Oscar worthy smile, pretended not to notice when you consistently ask for items that are not on the menu, scribbled down every slight modification as you insist you’re allergic to anything with butter, and even entertained your, “We’ll take the check” hand mime as if I would never conceptualize the meaning of a head nod. And, after all of this, I even manage a pleasing salutation upon receiving your pithy excuse for a tip, as if I really do live for complaints about menu prices.
Well folks, I’ll let you in on a little secret.
No one who serves does so in order to fulfill some life long dream. At least, not one that involves schlepping around your overpriced food and feeding your self-righteous ego just to get paid $2.63/hour in the hopes that you’ll be kind enough to leave a decent tip.
Normally, my peevishness is kept to a dull roar, but after reading about an Applebee’s employee being fired for posting a photo of a customer’s zero dollar tip—accompanied by the note “I give God 10% Why do you get 18?”—
I can’t fake smile anymore.
I wish I could say the story stunned me. It didn’t.
I’ll continue to bear the burden of your inconsiderate blather while beaming at each bizarre request. All I ask is that you hold up your 20 percent end of the bargain.