I’m in a good-deed quandary here, folks. Tipping for service in restaurants isn’t something I consider a good deed. It’s a gratuity for service rendered, not a gesture of kindness.
Today was different however. Today, service was not rendered in the restaurant where I dined, but I tipped well anyway. Good deed or no? You decide.
How bad was the service? Had to wait close to 20 minutes for orders to be taken. Orders themselves were wrong, items missing, food cold, bill wasn’t correct and needed to be redone.
But I’ve done the job myself and know how stressful it can be, so I tried to be as gracious and forgiving as possible. When it came time for tipping … that’s when the good-deed part kicked in.
There was a power outage here in Toronto Thursday night that affected more than 250,000 people in the west end of the city. There were many tales of neighbours looking out for neighbours the following day. Here’s just one example I read about in The Globe and Mail and it warmed my heart:
Christina Nowak, 89, was stuck alone in her apartment with no heat or light. Fernando Machado, the cleaner at her building checked in on her, brought hot coffee and later some chicken so she wouldn’t go hungry. Definitely Ms. Nowak’s hero that cold, dark day ….