Waiter Frustrated With $3.28 Tip. Eyes Go Wide Receiving Unexpected Letter Days Later

You only get one opportunity to make a first impression, but these teenagers did everything in their power when they recognized their mistake.

In Los Angeles, a waiter went above and beyond to ensure that four teenagers had a perfect evening. However, he was disappointed and upset when he received a less-than-satisfactory tip. He felt disheartened that the teenagers and others didn't appreciate the customary practice of generously tipping for hard work.

He shared on social media his feelings as a waiter when he received only a $3.28 tip from the teenagers:

“Nothing more frustrating than when I get little to nothing for a tip and the customer is smiling and thanking me profusely as they exit”. But then something very unexpected happened!

About a week later, he received a letter:

“About a week and a half ago, on October 7, my 3 friends and I came to eat at this restaurant as our own homecoming celebration. It was an exciting experience for us to be here alone, and it was all new to us.

And you were the best waiter we could ask for. You were kind, helpful, accommodating, didn’t treat us like babies, and were even able to fit the food to all my allergies! So I wanted to say thank you for making our ‘grown-up’ experience so amazing and fun.

I would also like to say sorry on behalf of my group. Since we were new to all of this, our 13-year-old minds didn’t exactly know how to deal with the bill. You were super helpful in dividing the checkup and taking our not-so-preferable cash.

The bill was reasonable, but we had completely forgotten (and frankly didn’t know) what a tip even was, let alone how much to give. So we emptied our pocked and all our money added up to $3.28.”

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“Not aware of how small this really was, we left, clueless of what we had left you for all your hard work.

Later, we realized our mistake and felt HORRIBLE. We knew we had to make it right.

So in this envelope, you will find the correct 18% tip + extra for simply being amazing. We appreciate your help and patience and thank you for making our night fun. Thank you!”

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The bill amounted to roughly $100, and a $3.28 tip equates to less than four percent! Fortunately, the teens recognized their error and took appropriate steps to rectify it.

The waiter shared a picture of the letter online along with some inspiring and heartfelt words:

“I’ve been serving a long time, and nothing like this has ever happened to me, or anyone. I don’t know how you learned or educated yourself on tipping, but I really appreciate the effort and kindness. I hope your Homecoming was fantastic!”

It's not every day that people go the extra mile to rectify their mistakes, but when they do, it can make all the difference in the world—and this hardworking waiter truly deserved it!

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