My wife and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. Our waiter was a nice guy, but did not provide overwhelmingly good service and seemed a little distracted throughout the evening. When it was time to settle up our bill, the manager came over and said that our waiter had an emergency at home that he needed to deal with and that he would help cash us out. We struck up a conversation with the manager and came to find out that our waiter was a single dad, working two jobs to support 4 kids. His other job was as a TSA agent at the SLC Airport and after working a full shift, he comes to wait tables at the restaurant. I can’t imagine trying to raise 4 kids and work 2 full-time jobs, but this guy kept a positive attitude and was doing a good job. He had to leave work to address an issue with one of his kids, which means he sacrificed some income that night to take care of his family. My wife and I immediately recognized the opportunity to provide a RAK and left a tip of $150 on a $50 dinner bill. We wrote a small not on the receipt and asked the manager to make sure he got it. It sure felt good to help someone that is working so hard to make ends meet.
– Jeff Milford