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    Red Face (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pinch

    This is a real event that happened to me on Thursday at around 6:50 PM at the Carnation Cafe. I will show the receipt at the end just to prove that this is real.

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    (I was eating dinner at the Carnation Cafe, and I was dining alone. I didn't own a credit card yet because I was only 16 years old, and both my parents and I agreed to wait until I was a bit older until I got one, so I always paid in cash. It would also be the first time I would eat at a sit-down restaurant on my own, so I was a little bit nervous. By the time I was about to eat, I only had exactly $20 left in my wallet, and the meal I was paying for nearly took my entire $20, including tax, leaving me with only 95 cents once I did calculations on my phone.)

    (Waitress comes up to me while I'm eating.)

    Waitress: "Are you finding everything alright, sir?"

    Me: "Yes, the food's very good, thank you for asking."

    (As she is walking away, I suddenly realized that I may not have enough money to tip her.)

    Me: “Excuse me ma’am, I have a question.”

    Waitress: “Yes?”

    Me: “Am I supposed to tip you, because I don’t think I have enough money left. You see, I only have $20 and the meal I paid for will leave me with only 95 cents.”

    Waitress: (Gives me a warm smile) “Oh don’t worry about it, the tip is already included with the bill!”

    Me: “Really? I don’t have to give you any physical tips or anything like that? Because I really thought I had to give you one.”

    Waitress: “Don’t worry about it! Like I said, tips are already included with the bill. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me! Please do enjoy your meal!”

    (She walks away with a smile on her face. A couple sitting in the table right next to me paid attention to the whole conversation.”

    Husband: “Hey, uh…excuse me sir…”

    (I turn in their direction. He is leaning towards me with a few $1 bills in his hand.”

    Husband: “Here, take this. My wife and I overheard your conversation with your waitress. She was really nice and friendly, and we felt a little sorry when we also heard that you wanted to tip her but didn’t have the money. Please, do take this.”

    Me: (Stretches out arm and holds the money. Using my thumb, I leaf through it and find out they were giving me $10 to tip my waitress. I was dumbfounded.) “Why, that’s really kind of you sir, but I couldn’t. I wouldn’t!”

    Husband: (He shakes his head in a friendly sort of way, and pushes the money towards me.) “No, really, I do insist that you tip your waitress. (He gives me a reassuring nod.)

    Me: “T-thank you…thank you so much. How can I ever repay you?”

    Husband: “You don’t need to pay me back. Honest. You both really needed it.”

    (I finish my meal and when my waitress comes over to my table to get the bill)

    Me: “Here, take this tip. I really do want you to take it! It came through the kindness of others.”

    Waitress: (She turns to all three of us. I think she saw the conversation.) “Thank you. I’ll go get your bill and hope all of you have a wonderful night!” (She gave us a little wave as she left.)

    (She go gets the bill and I pay for the meal, getting my last 95 cents as calculated.)

    Me: (To husband) “Please, I know it’s not much, but take this 95 cents.”

    Husband: (Waves me off) “No no, I can’t. Keep the change. You’ll never know when you’ll need those coins.”

    (I tried again to give my change to him, but the same reaction.)

    Me: “Well, I know this isn’t much as well, but please have my thanks, and have a great night!”

    (I wave to them as I leave the restaurant and they wave back. I still have that receipt to this day to remind me of the kindness a couple brought to me in a tight spot.)

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    I believe the 'Guest Count is 3 because the waitress included the Husband and Wife since they pitched in to help with the tip.



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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    I love hearing about things like this! See, this is what Disneyland does to people. My friends call me crazy, but there really is something magical about Disneyland. Thanks for posting!
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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    What an amazing story!! thanks for sharing

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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    That's why I always check the menu and price first before I order! LOL! But for reals thats so awesome and heartwarming!

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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    I did check the menu, and I did calculations with the tax rate on my phone...it's just that I kind of forgot to include the tip! But I did know that my $20 bill would cover the meal and drink.

    PS: Chocolate Cherry Coke...tastes weird at first but then you start to grow on it. I must have more!

    PSS: What WOULD happen if I had been a few dimes short?



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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    What a great story! You sound like a nice guy and kudos for remembering the tip at all!

    Has gratuity always been included in the bill at a table service restaurant? Not that I'm not happy to tip, but I just assumed it wasn't.

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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    I always feel the need to tip, as a way for saying "Thanks for the great service!", and my waitress did deserve it. She seemed so cheerful when serving. It's common courtesy for me, much like how I hold the exit gate open for everyone that's coming through, or how if I'm riding the monorail's nose cab and a group of 4 wants to ride, I let them go ahead and just wait for the next one due to the limit of 4 people in the nose. I am tired of rude, loud, and obnoxious guests, so I try to be the best park goer as I can to liven up the day to others. That couple was also very courteous. What are the odds that I would run into another stranger that is kind enough to give me $10 to tip my waitress?

    PS: I always assume so too. Besides, it's a sort-of placebo effect. I am handing over a tip with my actual hands instead of having a machine handle it. Really does change the mood and all. Something about handing over physical money as a tip feels great.



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    Sounds like all ended well! The waitress was being really kind in telling you her tip is included in the bill, because looking at the receipt it was not. Usually there will be something indicating "Mandatory gratuity of fill in the blank % for parties of 6 or more" for example on either the menu or receipt. When I was in service staff many years ago, I would not even expect a tip from someone of your age, because let's face it. We were all broke at that age! So kudos to you my friend for actually showing awarness beyond your years and being concerned about tipping your waitress. She probably gets stiffed more often than not for all kinds of reasons, some people don't believe in gratuity, some people come from countries where they do not share that custom etc...

    Just for future reminder. I do believe on the park guide it shows a symbol in the map on what locations feature "table service", good to know when doing Disneyland on a budget and avoided this situation all together. Still glad to hear this story and how people like your waitress and yourself and that kind couple are still out there making situations like this a happy ending!

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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    OK, so now that that's all taken care of... How was the food?!
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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    Tip/gratuity isn't included in those prices. She was trying to make you feel better about not having enough money.

    Thanks for the story

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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    I always feel the need to tip, as a way for saying "Thanks for the great service!", and my waitress did deserve it. She seemed so cheerful when serving. It's common courtesy for me, much like how I hold the exit gate open for everyone that's coming through, or how if I'm riding the monorail's nose cab and a group of 4 wants to ride, I let them go ahead and just wait for the next one due to the limit of 4 people in the nose. I am tired of rude, loud, and obnoxious guests, so I try to be the best park goer as I can to liven up the day to others. That couple was also very courteous. What are the odds that I would run into another stranger that is kind enough to give me $10 to tip my waitress?

    PS: I always assume so too. Besides, it's a sort-of placebo effect. I am handing over a tip with my actual hands instead of having a machine handle it. Really does change the mood and all. Something about handing over physical money as a tip feels great.
    And you're only 16?! This certainly sounds like a lot more maturity and thoughtfulness than most teenagers I've encountered!
    First, tell your parents from me that they're doing a good job with you.
    Second, my advice to you is, this couple was so generous, but they didn't want anything in return from you. So when you have a chance, be sure to pay it forward. At some time, you'll see someone else in need of a little extra kindness from someone. Be sure to extend that kindness the way it was once extended to you.
    And thanks for sharing this story.

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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    sweetest thing ive ever heard you are a gentleman and so is the man who gave you the tip money

    but here's my concern:
    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    Waitress: (Gives me a warm smile) “Oh don’t worry about it, the tip is already included with the bill!”
    is a tip required because where im from you only tip if they deserve it which im totally sure she did and it goes to the waiter, not the register (i had a waitress job once and wasnt allowed to keep the tips )


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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    A tip is not required, but it is expected. In cases where they add the tip, usually in parties of 8 or more, you still have the option of taking it off the bill.

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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    if a restaurant has a party of eight they deserve the tip lol


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    Re: (Heartwarming Story) Friendly and Generous Couple Help Me Out in a Tight Money Pi

    I think the waitress also deserves a pat on the back for not making you feel bad or guilty about the tip!

    It is nice to hear about the kindness of strangers. Everyone comes away feeling good. Thank you for sharing the story!

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