Wouldn’t it be nice if you woke up one day to find some extra money in your pocket left by someone you barely knew, whether or not you did anything to deserve it? For the average person working in a service-related job, this would be a dream come true. But imagine you’re the service person. What if you waited on someone who was rude or obnoxious (or just plain cheap), and they didn’t even bother to say thank you, much less leave you a tip? How would you feel? Probably upset, wronged, and annoyed. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for many waitresses, valets, doormen, and others in service industries, and we just happen to think it’s wrong.
So, as you reflect on Valentine’s Day and all the blessings you have in 2012, we challenge you to perform this random act of kindness: leave a generous tip for someone who served you.
But wait, what if they did a terrible job? Great question. Crazy as this may sound, it’s about the principle. As they say, life is not fair, but by treating someone as you want to be treated, you can do your good deed for the day and perhaps challenge the other person to perform better the next time around.
How about taking it a step further and leaving a little extra? You may feel that in a tough economy, you can’t afford to just give away money, but a good deed is bound to come back to you. Try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. What if you were waiting on yourself? Wouldn’t you like a little extra tip?
And whether you realize it or not, doing something kind for someone else benefits you as much as it benefits the other person. You may bring a smile to someone’s face, be the financial boost your service-person needed to buy her child a special birthday gift after work, and (our personal favorite) you get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
To do this random act of kindness doesn’t require you to be extravagant. You can just add a dollar or two on top of your normal tip amount. Don’t have extra cash to spare? Tell the manager you enjoyed the service. A compliment to management might give your waiter more than just an extra tip; he could get a bonus or even a promotion out of it. You never know how your kindness will affect others!
So, next time someone waits on you, think about how hard they worked to make you happy, or maybe just reach out to them as a fellow, flawed human being, and consider sticking a little extra in the tip jar. Remember the golden rule you learned as a kid, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
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