"I worked at a sushi bar for about 18 months through college to help reduce my need for loans to pay for books, late night pizza, and activities. I made decent tips there - maybe $10-15 an hour after all was said and done. One night around Homecoming, one of the members of the Board of Directors came in and tipped $40 on top of the 18% on the credit card tip. That paid for like 1/5 of a textbook!"
"I've been bartending now for over 12 years. I've come to accept that I love my bartending career even though my mom hates that I still make/serve drinks at the very ripe age of 35. Some of my favorite perks are, I occasionally get to have conversations with celebrities and meet people from all over the world. I get the opportunity to capitalize on my people skills and service, and with that comes great rewards and constant encounters with generous tippers. Even more so around the holidays when it's mandatory to work while others are spending time with their loved ones. On this occasion in December of 2014, I was working almost 60 hours every week and I remember this particular couple pointing out to me 'how I wasn't my usual self'. When they said goodbye, the man said, 'hope you get some rest, we appreciate you working so hard, Merry Christmas'.
$200.00 tip, half cash half credit card on a $76.00 tab"
"This happened much earlier in my employment with Walgreens pharmacy for the past few years working at various stores between states. Our store was always busy with a double drive thru and demanding clientele, we were filling upwards of 500 scripts daily. Needless to say I was running and rushing like a chicken with its head cut off all over the place. An older gentleman at the register stopped me and said, 'Relax kid, Walgreens has been around for a hundred years and it'll be here for the next 100 so take it easy'. Big realization: not only was it unnecessary to stress myself out past my limits but that our customers realize the mayhem too and it really doesn't create the best image for patient care. Since then I've been more focused on the moment, on the now, rather than external pressures outside of my control"
"This happened around 15 years ago, and I still remember it. Before I started to work in book marketing, while in college I was also working part-time as a bartender. As a quite tall guy, I was usually getting late-night shifts, so female bartenders would feel a bit safer. On a very quiet night (around 2.am) where there was literally nobody in the bar, a pair came in. A very pretty girl around 30 years old, and a clearly wealthy, much older guy (at least 60 years old). They went to sit at the darkest table in the corner. What struck me from the very beginning was the very sad look in the girl eyes. I got so worried about her, that after maybe 20 minutes or so I went to their table (I never did that, as a bartender) and asked if there is anything I could help them with. Then the girl asked me to play a certain song (sadly I don't remember what song it was). I got back behind the bar and I played it. After another 20 minutes they got dressed and, while walking out of the place, the girl came to me, grabbed my hand, put $100 into my hand and whispered 'Thank you'. I still remember that as a sad and heartbreaking moment in my life"
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