10.04.2013

31 Days: Day 3 Recap

You guys. We're only on day 4 of #31Days, and I'm already feeling inspired. I feel good each day about what I'm doing and even better? 

I can't wait to write each night. 

I was beginning to feel like blogging was a chore. I felt obligated to have something up, and it wasn't always good or worthy. Now, I am happy because I have something to talk about and something that's good enough to share.

Okay, enough sap. ;) Let's recap.

October 3rd - Thursdays are typically my half days at work which means I get off between noon and 1pm. I was happy to know I had the whole afternoon to work with in getting my act of kindness in.

After work I had some errands to run, so I wasn't going straight home. I was also STARVING. So I decided to swing by Sonic for a little treat to tide me over until I got home for real food.

Back story: I worked at Sonic for 4 years, from ages 16-20. I remember living off my tips. I specifically remember certain customers who would tip me generously each time they came. I also remember the few hateful people who were rude and made it blatantly obvious that they didn't think they needed to tip their carhop.

I will never forget the 2 biggest tips I ever received. One came from a man on Christmas Eve. He handed me a $50 bill and told me "Merry Christmas". The other customer was a man who came by for a cup of ice water (which was 11 cents) and he handed me a $20 bill and told me to keep it. I thought for sure he'd mistaken and thought he'd only handed me a $1 bill. I showed him that he gave me a $20 bill as I was digging out his change. A smile spread across his face as he said, "I know what I gave you, I meant to."

10 years later, those generous people are still vivid memories for me.

Back to present day ;) - Knowing how much tips mean, I decided I'd leave a generous tip for my carhop. I had a $5 bill in my purse from a cash back purchase I had made earlier and decided it was going to whoever delivered my order.

Yesterday's post felt a little strange without a picture, yes? ;)


I ordered 2 corn dogs (extra mustard, please!) and a large coke zero. So, I didn't spent much at all. I went ahead and paid with my debit card. Another thing - when people pay with their card, carhops usually assume they don't have cash on them so they won't be getting a tip.

The carhop was probably around my age, and she was very sweet. Promptly after handing me my last item, she told me to have a good day and started to walk off. I quickly grabbed the $5 bill out of my console and said, "Wait, this is for you!" She took it from me and her eyes widened a bit. She glanced back at me and motioned to the bill as if to say, "Is this for me?" I nodded and told her to have a great day!

I hope she made good on her tips at the end of her shift, and I'm happy to have been apart of that for her.


13 comments:

Lauren said...

So nice! Also, question - what if you use the drive thru at Sonic? Is tipping expected then? I have always wondered so I'm glad I have someone in the know to ask!

Jessica Roth said...

Oh wow, I feel like such a beezy...Sonic is a fairly new thing where I live and I had NO IDEA you are supposed to tip the carhops. Yikes! I'm so sorry beautiful Sonic employees!!!

Rachelle @ Inner Loop Adventures said...

I really didn't know you were supposed to tip carhops! Wow, thank you for this post!

Jen@Almost Gypsy Soul said...

Thank you for saying YES to tipping carhops! I never know if I'm supposed to or not, so I usually do, but now I know for sure! And good job to you for making her day!

Shelley said...

Aww you made her day!

Rebekah L. said...

I didn't know you were supposed to tip at Sonic, either. I always pay with my debit card so it never even crossed my mind. Now I feel like a jerk...

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

I totally didn't know you were supposed to tip there either. very nice of you to do so, plus share with everyone here so they will do so too!

Miranda Jones said...

I love this! I was just at Sonic a couple days ago and I was wishing at the time that I had more money to tip her. This is a great idea that I need to remember for next time!

Julie said...

I don't usually go to Sonic but now when I do I'll know to pass something along. The only time I've actually ever been to one was when my brother lived in a town north of here and I never thought about it - and they didn't and I can pass this along to him :)

Ricci said...

2 confessions...number one: I am CRAVING a corndog from Sonic right now and number two: I honestly didn't know you were supposed to tip carhops!!! I feel terrible now!! I will tip my carhop really good next time I go!!

Jodi said...

Super sweet! I did think after the CT shootings and it was a lot of fun! I called it random acts of kindness and it was jam if you want to look at my posts for ideas.

Lindsey Let the Light Shine Blog said...

Aww fun!! As a waitress, those tips people leave really do make an impact. I'm glad you are sharing that with others!!

Holly said...

I love leaving unexpected big tips :) Always makes for a happy heart and a special day for that server!

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