Saturday, 20 August 2011
You know what I'm talking about. There's nothing like working your butt off, dealing with grumpy customers, and having achy, sore feet at the end of your shift. What makes that ten times worse is when you do a good job serving someone, only to have them leave little or no tip. It's a big slap in the face. Do they not realize that you're working for tips? The average waitress salary given by the restaurant itself is only around $3 or so. It's one thing if we don't check on refills, are less-than-friendly to our customers, or are just lousy in general. But it's another thing when we really do try hard, only to clean off a table and find no money left for us.
I think the biggest slap in the face for me during my three years of waitressing was when a table would be rude and demanding to me (even though I really, really was doing a good job), and then leave a $1 tip and A Christian tract telling me to come to Jesus. Really? Did you seriously just treat me like I didn't matter at all to you, leave practically nothing for a tip, then try to win me to Christ? If I weren't already a Christian, I probably would've thought, "Keep your tip and your Christ."
It is so important that, as Christians, we look at everything as an opportunity to witness to and serve others. When you go out to eat, you seek to serve your waitress/waiter. Serve them by being kind, understanding, and by tipping well. If they mess up on your order, it's no big deal. You think they did that on purpose? Probably not. And by the way, if your food is taking too long, there's usually nothing the server can do about it. It's usually an issue within the kitchen. Never ever be rude to them. They're humans too and they're not your slave. They are an image bearer of God and they deserve to be treated kindly.
You don't always know what your waiter/waitress is going through. Maybe they've had a bad day already and you just made it worse. Maybe it's a single mom working 2 jobs to support her child(ren). Whoever they are, one thing is true. They are working there because they need income. Don't ever leave a Christian tract explaining the gospel but not leave a tip. You've not shown that person any love or any care whatsoever. If that's how a Christian treats them, then they're not going to want to become one. I have seen so many "born again Christians" come to the restaurant I used to work at, and they were so rude to me. Now, they may truly be believers, but it definitely made me question the sincerity of their faith. You can't be a mean Christian.
When my husband and I go out and we get out food, we always tell the server we're about to say the blessing, and we ask how we can pray for them. They always have such a look of shock, followed by such appreciation. We've had them tear up before, because they were so incredibly appreciative of our asking. Then when we left, we'd leave a good tip and a note about the Gospel. I had one waitress facebook me and tell me how much that meant to her.
We should always seek to share the gospel with people. Whether it's Wal Mart, a park, or your favorite restaurant, always pray before you go, for an opportunity to share the love of Christ with someone. So often we run our weekly errands and don't give employees a second thought. But what if we did? What a difference that would make.
What are your tipping habits? Do you think about the gospel when you are tipping?