I frequent very few restaurants, and out of those restaurants there are very few repeat servers. There is, however, one server in one downtown restaurant who I can count as my favorite. The food is good, the service is fast, and she has all of her repeat customers memorized by heart. So naturally I singled her out as the recipient of my 50% tip. My plan was to give her a bit of a bigger tip around Christmastime, but as it turned out I didn’t go to the restaurant any time near Christmas at all.
Today, my husband had my car since unfortuantely his vehicle was in the shop getting expensive repairs. Therefore, I was stranded at work during lunchtime and decided it was a good day to head over to my old favorite lunchtime haunt. As usual, great service and food, even though I was still grumbling about the monotony of my job and the surprise expense of car repairs. Usually I don’t bother to check my bad attitude when I’m on a streak, but when the bill came I remembered my intention to give a 50% tip and it gave me a bit of a cheesy reality check…at least I have a good, stable job, a vehicle to repair and money to go out to eat lunch if I so choose. With that, I paid my bill, added 100% tip instead, and headed back to work.