One waiter has shared the heartwarming story of how a group of teenagers made the sweetest apology after leaving just a $3 (£2.15) tip after a meal. Imgur user Seminole shared a lovely handwritten letter from a group of 13-year-olds who had felt seriously guilty about their small tip.
Seminole had been the perfect waiter, but the kids didn’t really understand tipping – or how much constitutes to a good tip. However, in the letter, the teens explained their mistake – and made it up to the waiter with what would have been the rest of the tip. The letter read: ‘Dr. Mr. Waiter, ‘About a week and a half ago, on October 7, my friends and I came to eat at this restaurant as our own homecoming celebration.
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 fit the food to all my allergies! So I wanted to say thank you for making our “grown-up” experience so amazing and fun.
‘I would also like to say sorry on behalf of my group.
Since we were new to all this, our 13-year-old minds didn’t exactly know how to deal with the bill. You were super helpful in dividing the checkup 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 pockets and all our money added up to $3.28.
Not aware of how small this really was, we left, clueless, of what we had left you for all your hard work. ‘Later, we realized our mistake and felt HO-RRIBLE. We knew we had to make it right. So in this envelope, you will find the correct 18% tip and extra for simply being amazing. ‘We appreciate your help and patience and thank you for making our night fun. Thank you! – The 4 teenagers from that night.’
Since the letter was shared to Imgur, it has received more than 149,000 views and a number of comments from users who feel these kids’ parents really are doing a good job raising them. Seminole, in particular, was truly overwhelmed.
In response to the letter, he wrote: ‘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.
‘These kids came back another day and left this for me at the front desk, with $18 and some change. I’ve been serving a long time, and nothing like this has ever happened to me, or anyone.
‘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!’ There’s no doubt these kids are going to grow up into great humans.
This Story Was Originally Published On “metro.co.uk”.