That Tabled That Discussion, Part 6

, , , , | Right | September 21, 2020

My group, a total of four, walks into the restaurant. It’s busy; the line nearly going out the door. There is a sign clearly indicating that people need to wait, order, and then be assigned a table.

Hostess: “A group of four? All right, just one—”

Just as she’s about to find a table for us, another customer and four pre-teen girls take up the last table without ordering or waiting.

Hostess: *Looking a little put-off* “Oh, no… I’m so sorry folks! I… I can’t tell them to leave the table if they’ve already sat down. Gosh, I’m so sorry.”

We all assure her that it’s all right and that we’re patient people. It’s about five minutes into our wait when the hostess spots a table being bussed. She races over through the crowd to plant down our table number.

Hostess: “There! That one is yours now! Have a seat and enjoy your meal!”

At the end of our meal, we called her over and gave her a 25% tip.

That Tabled That Discussion, Part 5
That Tabled That Discussion, Part 4
That Tabled That Discussion, Part 3
That Tabled That Discussion, Part 2
That Tabled That Discussion

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A Good Flavor Of Customer

, , , , | Right | September 15, 2020

My friend and I have come to a local Italian ice shop after a morning of ultimate frisbee. The shop is known for its extensive list of flavors that changes daily.

Friend: “Hi. I have a proposition for you. Can I have a medium Italian ice with every flavor?”

Me: “I can’t believe you’re doing this.”

The employee’s eyes get huge.

Employee: “I can do my best.”

The employee tops off my friend’s order with all eleven flavors for the day, each with an equal scoop.

Employee: “It’s a little messy, but here you are, sir!”

Friend: “This is awesome. You guys don’t have name tags. What’s your name?”

Employee: “It’s [Employee].”

Friend: “Well, thank you, [Employee]. You’ve truly made my day with this.”

He then tipped the employee half the cost of his ice, and we continued on our way.

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A Kind-achinno

, , , , | Right | September 14, 2020

I visit the same coffee shop on a regular basis and am on good terms with the staff there. One day, I leave my purse at home and this happens:

Cashier: “Regular cappuccino?”

Me: “No, I forgot my purse so won’t have a coffee. Thought I’d still drop in and say hello, though.”

Cashier: “Oh, no! Have a coffee anyway! Here…”

The cashier hands me the cappuccino his colleague has been making in the meantime.

Me: “Oh, thank you! I’ll come back tomorrow and pay for it.”

I do as promised and return the next day with money for my coffee.

Cashier: “What are you doing?! We weren’t actually expecting you to come back and pay!”

Me: “But I said I would…”

Cashier: “Well, tough. We’re not taking any money from you.”

Me: “But I…”

Cashier: “No! Go away!”

Shocked, I did as he told me and left, but not before I dropped my money in the tip jar, as he wouldn’t take it for the register!

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A Close Shave To Get Those Teeth Clean

, , , | Healthy | September 10, 2020

It’s my first day working as a care assistant in a home for adults with learning difficulties. Every resident is treated as a member of the family. A more experienced colleague is showing me around.

Colleague: “This is John. He needs a lot of personal care, but he’s a great guy. He’s quite happy and easy to take care of.”

Later, we are putting him to bed and my colleague is demonstrating to me how to clean his teeth. John won’t open his mouth for the toothbrush.

Colleague: “He really doesn’t like the taste of toothpaste. We have to be patient.”

Two minutes later, he still hasn’t opened his mouth.

Colleague: “Would you switch on John’s shaver? It’s on the shelf there.”

Me: “Huh? We haven’t finished cleaning his teeth yet.”

Colleague: “Just switch it on and watch carefully.”

Confused, I switch it on. Then, I look at John to watch the reaction. He grins and opens his mouth wide. My colleague puts the toothbrush in and cleans his teeth without issue.

Colleague: “You see, he hates getting his teeth cleaned, but he loves getting shaved. The sound of the shaver is enough to distract him. Getting shaved is his reward for letting us clean his teeth.”

I was amazed that something so simple would work! Several months later, I enjoy working with him.

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Finally, Someone Who Knows How To Make Change!

, , , , , | Working | September 7, 2020

My mother and I have just landed at an airport in Maryland. We plan on taking the city’s public transportation to our final destination, a relative’s condo about an hour away. The bus at the airport is on an hourly schedule. We catch the bus at 10:00 am exactly and begin to board when we realise we only have a card to pay the bus fare. The fare is $7.50 per person so a flat $15 for my mother and me.

Me: “I’m sorry, miss, but we only have a card; do you accept a card?”

Bus Driver: “Sorry, we don’t, but there should be an ATM just inside the airport. I’ll wait while you go grab some money okay?”

My mother waits on the bus while I zip into the airport and find the ATM. The ATM will only allow me to withdraw in increments of twenty, so I take a $20 bill from the ATM and run back to the bus. Thankfully, a few people are still waiting to board.

Me: “All right, miss, I have a twenty here!”

Bus Driver: “Oh, unfortunately, the machine only accepts exact change. I’m sorry about that.”

My mother and I resign ourselves to the loss of the extra $5. A rider walks up and is about to put his $7.50 into the machine when the driver speaks up.

Bus Driver: “Excuse me, sir, can I see your money?”

She takes the money and gestures the rider to a seat, and then she addresses us.

Bus Driver: “All right, here’s what I’ll do. I’ll put your $20 bill in the machine along with this gentlemen’s $2.50 in change and charge you for three tickets, but then you can have his $5 bill, giving you change back.”

We did this and thanked her. It was a real kindness for her to help us, and we very much appreciated it!

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