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This Boss Gets More Than Just The Check

| New Orleans, LA, USA | Awesome Customers, Food & Drink, Top

(A young gay couple has become my favorite regulars at the small restaurant where I work. One day as I am talking with them, an older, more conservative-looking man walks past us to the To-Go pickup area. He stops short next to us, and in the same moment, I see one of the young guys look down with a panicked expression at where he is holding his boyfriend’s hand.)

Older Man: “James! I didn’t know you ate here!”

James: *uncomfortable* “Oh yeah, um… it’s half way between work and my… boyfriend’s work, so.”

Older Man: *glances at James’ boyfriend* “Oh.”

(There is an awkward pause, where we all just stare at each other.)

Older Man: “I’m sorry, I’m being rude.” *offers his hand to James’ boyfriend* “I’m Mike, James’s boss. Very nice to meet you. We all love James in the office.”

James’ Boyfriend: “Oh! Nice to meet you too! You know, James is always talking about how much he looks up to you.”

(James is so visibly relieved that he is near tears. The three makes some more small talk before the older man heads off to pick up his lunch. I end up taking his payment and he quietly asks me to pay for James and his boyfriend’s meal as well.)

Older Man: “You know… when I was growing up, I was taught that being gay was bad, a sin. But that young man is the brightest kid I’ve ever known, and I can’t see a d*** thing wrong with him…” *pauses* “…or his boyfriend.”

(He smiles at me and then walks away without another word. To this day, I can’t think about the look on James’s face when I told him that his boss paid for his nearly $100 meal without wanting to cry.)

A Free Cup Of Kindness

| Redondo Beach, CA, USA | Awesome Customers, Food & Drink, Top

(I am having a pretty rough time, and I am not looking forward to work. I work in a small taco shack near the beach. My customers are often inexplicably rude, with a few exceptions. A girl walks up to the counter, and before I can ask what she wants to order she grins at me. Her smile is so genuine, I’m speechless.)

Girl: “How are you today?”

(I’m really surprised at this point.)

Me: “I’m, uh, I’m pretty good, thank you.”

Girl: “Oh, that’s good.” *smiles again*

Me: “Thank you… uh, what can I get you?”

Girl: “Oh, hmm… can I have a chicken taco and small drink, please?”

Me: “Sure, that will be 4.95.”

Girl: *digs through her purse* “I only have $4.02. Can I take off the drink, please?”

Me: “Oh yeah, sure.”

(I hand her the receipt and a empty drink cup.)

Girl: *surprised* “Wait, I asked to take the drink off.”

Me: “I did. You made my day a whole lot better just by asking how I was and giving me a smile. Least I can do is buy you a drink!”

(She thanks me and gives me her prettiest smile yet before walking away. People should realize the difference a smile can make. It can change an employee’s whole day!)

Better Make It A Double

| Ipswich, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink, Theme Of The Month, Top, Underaged

(I am working in a pub, and my sister, my identical twin, has come in to say hello during a busy period. She has queued, and I have served her an alcoholic drink. I am just handing it over when this conversation starts.)

Customer: “You didn’t check the ID of this girl. She doesn’t look old enough to drink. I demand you check her ID!”

Me: “I am sorry, sir, but I can assure you that she is old enough to drink.”

Customer: “She is only about 12! She is nowhere old enough to drink. I will call the police if you do not check her ID!”

Me: “Sir, she is old enough to drink. She is my sister, and I can assure you that she is 20 years old.”

Customer: “If you won’t check her ID, I am going to call the police!”

(The customer takes his phone out and makes a show of dialing. My sister looks embarrassed, but pays for her drink, shows me her driving license as she does look young, and takes a seat at the bar.)

Me: “See? My sister is old enough to drink.”

Customer: “No! You’re breaking the law!” *to everyone around us* “She’s breaking the law!”

(Hearing the commotion, security comes.)

Security: “What is the trouble, sir?”

Customer: “That girl has served a drink to an underage customer! She used a fake ID; I saw her!”

Security: “Sir, can’t you see the resemblance? The girl serving you is the identical twin of this customer. If she is old enough to serve you drinks, her twin is old enough to drink, too.”

Customer: *muttering* “Well… she doesn’t look as old as she does!” *leaves*