My kids know about the RAK program from a family discussion around Random Acts of Kindness and being empowered to do fiscal kindness as a way of celebrating ARG’s anniversary.
Today I took the day off to pick up my daughter from a camp in Pennsylvania, we stopped to eat at a restaurant in Frederick on the way home. Other than being filled in on all the details about camp It was a remarkably an unremarkable meal.
Our waitress was in her mid-twenties and was neatly put together, except Samantha noticed the tread of her right shoe was flopping because it was detached. We talked about why someone would wear worn out shoes to work and how not everyone has the ability to get a new pair of shoes, or that she probably has other shoes but they are the wrong color for her uniform.
Then our conversation went to tipping a percentage of the bill and how people with a job waiting tables are dependent upon tips for income. Then we talked about how we could make a difference for our waitress by leaving her a huge tip.
I wrote a very brief note and we left her $100, Sam stayed behind to make sure she got it as I went to pay the bill. She wiped tears from her eyes as she gave Sammy a huge hug.
Thank you to our RAK program I was able to have a major parenting win and completely make a random strangers day.
– Matt West