Last night my boyfriend and I went out to dinner because we haven’t been able to spend much time together between his job and my school and work schedule. We chose to go to a nice stake restraint that we go to often. The past few times we have been there we have had the same waitress. She is great at her job; always goes out of her way to make sure we have what she needs. The best part about her is she is always bubbly and cracking jokes. This has made her our favorite waitress.
Last night though, something seemed wrong. She seemed very sad and did not make one joke. She still preformed her job very well but did not smile once. This was very out of character for her. During the entire dinner we tried to find ways to make her smile or laugh, but for the most part were unsuccessful.
I know what some of you are thinking, that she is being unpleasant and unprofessional letting her personal life affect her job. But if you honestly look back at your past, you cannot tell me that a situation that happened outside of work has never effect your work performance. I wouldn’t believe you if you tried. We all go through days, weeks, and even months where we are not ourselves. I know that some people would have written her off and said she does not even deserve a tip but that is not what we did. We know what type of waitress she is and that her actions last night did not match how she normally acts. We ended up gave her a 30% tip on a bill for $50 in an effort to get her to smile and make her night a little bit better. I encourage anyone else who witnesses that type of behavior to think of ways to make their day better, not worse. Even the smallest kind gesture can help people who are struggling. Think of a way to pay it forward.