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.