Anyone who’s toiled in the service industry knows that waiting tables is a hard slog.
Because your base salary is so low, you’re often dependent on tips – the arbitrary generosity of your customers – to fill in the rest of your earnings.
This is easier at some high-end establishments, where the prices often tally up a higher automatic gratuity.
But the folks at coffee shops and diners have it the hardest. They’re on their feet for their entire 8-hour shift, serving standard, low-cost fare to a high turnover and likely getting a few bucks per table for their effort.
So filmmaker Andrew Hales of the blog LAHWF (Losing All Hope Was Freedom) decided to execute an experiment in financial goodwill.
He and a buddy filmed themselves at a local diner interacting with three different servers. To each server he struck up a conversation, asking them about the biggest tip they’d ever received.
Not one gave a sum that could come close to what Hales was about to leave them.
After they finished eating, Hales left $200 for each server and continued filming them from outside the diner.
For their heartwarming reactions… you’re going to have to watch to see what happens.
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