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You Catch More Flies With Honey Than Vinegar, Part 2

, , , , | Right | January 3, 2022

A few months after our first child is born, my mother offers to come over for a night so my husband and I can get out for date night. We haven’t had a proper date since the baby was born, and she insists we should stay out as late as we want and not worry about hurrying back. She tells us if we get back late enough, we’ll find her asleep on the couch, but that we shouldn’t worry about getting back but rather enjoy ourselves.

We’re thrilled to take her up on this offer and head out to the local steakhouse chain we enjoy. Unfortunately, we’ve forgotten that it’s graduation weekend in our college town and the place is packed. We approach the hostess, who tells us it will be about an hour before we can get a table. Since we have carte blanche to be out, we tell her no problem, put our name in, and walk around some local stores.

As soon as we sit, our harried server comes over and immediately launches into an apology.

Server: “I’m sorry in advance for tonight, but it’s graduation weekend and three of our other servers called in sick. We’ll do our best to get everything out to you, but I wanted to make you aware up front that it might be a little slower than you were hoping for.”

Husband: “Not a problem. We have a free babysitter for the evening and are in literally no rush at all to leave. We’ll be fine.”

She thanks him, gets our drink orders, and comes back in what feels like a completely normal amount of time to take our order. Our food also comes out in what feels like a reasonable amount of time for a busy Saturday night, much less a crazy, packed Saturday night, but she continues to apologize for service being slow.

We continue to reassure her that we’re in no rush and are happy to enjoy a night out. We go so far as to order dessert. Honestly, but for the noise level and the fact that the restaurant is at capacity the entire time, nothing seems off or slow.

At the end of the night, the manager brings the bill himself.

Manager: “My server tells me you two have been so understanding and kind given the rush we’re having this evening, so I wanted to let you know dessert was on the house tonight and we hope you’ll come back soon.”

Us: “The service and food have been great, and we really didn’t notice any negative effects from the graduation rush.”

Manager: “Unfortunately, some of our other guests have… felt differently and chosen to express those views loudly and rudely, so we’re very appreciative of our understanding guests.”

When we picked up the check, not only had he taken our desserts off, but he’d snuck coupons for a free appetizer and a free dessert underneath!

You Catch More Flies With Honey Than Vinegar

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