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A nice holiday gesture

I work Sunday nights and there’s a very nice couple that comes in on Sunday nights about twice a month. I wait on them occasionally but usually they sit in a different section than the one that I’m waiting on simply because of the rotation.

I always make a point to go by and say hi to them if I’m not waiting on them. I know what they drink and when they come in, I make sure that I bring their cocktail without being asked.

Well, last night, they called me over before I had a chance to go by and greet them. The husband said, “We just wanted to wish you a happy holiday. You’ve always been very nice to us and so I wanted to give you this as a holiday thank you”. In his hand was a folded up $20. This simple gesture really stunned me. The wife added, “And you always know what we drink and I think that’s nice”.

I just wanted to comment how much I appreciated the gesture. It could have been a dollar bill or it could have been a simple handshake and a thank you and I would have felt just as good.

It’s nice to be appreciated.

And, guess what, fellow servers, the same applies to us. You should tell your regulars how much you appreciate their patronage and loyalty during this holiday season. Even if they’re not your regulars but regulars in the restaurant.

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3 responses to “A nice holiday gesture

  1. waiterextraordinaire December 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Everyone should be wishing their tables a Merry Christmas right now as well as the usual thanks for coming out this evening to eat at your place. Always.

  2. BB December 14, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    What wonderful people! I actually just wrote a post about people not having christmas spirit when going out to eat. But this totally proves me wrong, and I’m glad!

  3. BB December 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Ps. I finally figured out how to follow you and add you to my blogroll. I had a bit of trouble with it in the beginning because you aren’t on blogger.. but I’ve got it all figured out now!!

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