Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Still in shock.

My second-to-last table was a motherly woman on her own with a book. She asked what I'd just carried by, and was disappointed when I told her it was a Cajun steak because she thought it would be too spicy. I told her we had another steak that wasn't marinated that we could do on a skillet with the same vegetables and sides, and she decided on that right away.

She said her dinner was wonderful, and ordered dessert. I brought her check at the same time as dessert and she right away started rummaging around, saying she'd pay right away so I wasn't waiting on her. I assured her I was there until midnight anyway, so she could stay and enjoy her book as long as she'd like.

About ten minutes later I walked by and saw she had $40 out for her $22 check. I reached to pick it up, starting to say I'd be right back with her change. Without really looking up from her book, she said "No change, thank you." I froze in place! I asked her if she was sure, and she assured me she was, she appreciated me helping her figure out what steak she wanted. I was just stunned, and said it was too much, really. She insisted.

I hugged her, I couldn't help it. An $18 tip, for doing basically, um, nothing.

On a totally unrelated note, Google image search cracks me up. Click here and here (supposed to be gargoyles, that's why it's funny) for two hilarious NSFW images. These came up when I searched for "shocked" and "in shock".


SkippyMom said...

That is so awesome Cranky! Bet that makes your week.

And I am too scared to click over. :D

Deanna said...

I do that too.... maybe not quite that much, but if I go into a restaurant alone, I'll leave a big tip to compensate that there is only one of me at the table. I figure it's not right for the server to have to take a table of one and only make half as much.

I also, if I have a birthday coupon or something where I get something free, tip about what I would have paid for the item. So I end up not really saving any money! :) But it's good for my server.

Glad you had a good customer!

The Restaurant Manager said...

People like that almost make working in the restaurant business worth it!

You must have some good restaurant karma working for you!

Ashley said...

The SAME thing happened to me the other day! A lady left 40 on 21 and I asked her three times if she wanted change because it was so hard to believe that someone would leave that much! haha

aneducatedserver said...

I love when things like this happen to me in the restaurant. There have been times when I've counted and recounted the cash about 3-4 times just to make sure that I'm not going crazy.

Congratulations! Keep it up!

yellowcat said...

Ya gotta love google images!

Yay for the big tip!

NYCgirl said...

I love that woman and I love that you hugged her, even if your management doesn't agree (not that I know if they would or wouldn't, but they just seem like such by-the-book assholes).