Waiter Got Frustrated After Customers Tipped Him Only $3.28, Received An Unexpected Letter Days Later

A waiter was left frustrated after serving a group of teenagers at a restaurant in Los Angeles as they only tipped him $3.28.

The group included four 13-year-old girls who were dining at a restaurant without the supervision of an adult for the very first time.

After finishing their meal, the girls left a serving waiter a very small tip despite appreciating him for his fantastic service.

Receiving his tip, the waiter became frustrated as it was ‘little to nothing.’

“[There’s] nothing more frustrating than when I get little to nothing for a tip, and the customer is smiling and thanking me profusely as they exit,” the waiter, who goes by the name, Seminole, wrote on Imgur.

A week and a half passed, and Seminole forgot about the girls and their $3.28 tip. But then one of the teenagers returned to the restaurant and left him some cash and an envelope with a letter written in blue marker.

“About a week and a half ago, on October 7, my 3 friends and I came to eat at this restaurant as our own homecoming celebration,”  the note read. “It was an exciting experience for us to be here alone, and it was all new to us.”

“And you were the best waiter we could ask for. You were kind, helpful, accommodating, didn’t treat us like babies, and were even able to fir the food to all my allergies! So I wanted to say thank you for making our “grown up” experience so amazing and fun.”

The teen said she was sorry on behalf of her group, who didn’t leave him a good tip.

“I would also like to say sorry on behalf of my group, since we were new to all of this, our 13-year-old minds didn’t exactly know how to deal with the bill. You were super helpful in dividing the check up and taking our not-so-preferable cash.”

“The bill was reasonable, but we had completely forgotten (and frankly didn’t know) what a tip even was, let alone how much to give. So we emptied our pocked and all our money added up to $3.28.”

The total bill was almost $100 – and the tip they gave him made less than 4% of the amount.

“Not aware of how small this really was, we left, clueless of what we had left you for all your hard work,” the teen explained.

“Later, we realized our mistake and felt HORRIBLE. We knew we had to make it right. SO in this envelope you will find the correct 18% tip + extra for simply being amazing. We appreciate your help and patience, and thank you for making our night fun. Thank you!”

According to Seminole, the envelope contained $18 and some change which was more than the customary tip he usually gets.

“I’ve been serving a long time, and nothing like this has ever happened to me, or anyone,” he explained. “I don’t know how you learned or educated yourself on tipping, but I really appreciate the effort and kindness. I hope your Homecoming was fantastic!”

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1 comment
  1. What a great group of young ladies, they must have wonderful parents who should be very proud of them. They obviously realised their situation before hand and made amens as soon as they could. Well done and welcome to the minefield we call adulthood. Barry (UK)

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