It always really bothered me when wait staff ignored me and my friends just because we were young because we are all really respectful people but the assumption was that we wouldn’t tip.
Anyway fast forward to when I became a waitress and one day this group of scrubby kids came in and I had 8 other tables with other people to look after but I overheard one kid wanted a milkshake, but he couldn’t afford it, and the other kids offered to pay but he was like “no no no it’s fine” and I looked over and he just looked really run down and sad and stuff —- later it just so happened that our kitchen had a mixup, so we had an extra shake, and since it would just be dumped otherwise, I snuck it out to their table and gave it to him for free.
His friends were so impressed by this they pooled every cent they had and I got a $50 tip and later his friend’s mom came in and said: “I heard what you did for that boy” and gave me another $20 and offered me a better job working with her. Meanwhile, at my other table a rich white guy I was serving complained because he didn’t want to pay the 15% tip on a $8.90 bill and when his wife said “she’s been a good waitress, though,” he said, “but just plain good isn’t worth 15%.”
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