TIPPED–AND BLESSED: THE BOTTOM LINE
I happened to read about the following tipping horror story recently.
A rather large party came to a restaurant for dinner. Two waitresses handled all their details and saw to their needs. Once the large check came, the party paid up—and left a hefty (and I do mean hefty) tip for the two waitresses. Of course, one would think that this matter ended here—but it didn’t. The other waitresses complained to the manager. The manager demanded that the other waitresses ‘share’ in the hefty tip—even though they did NOT help with the party. The two waitresses were ‘forced’ to give a ‘cut’ of their tip to the other waitresses.
The customers that left the tip threatened the manager: Either give the money back to the original two waitresses that served them, or they would never come back to that restaurant. The manager reportedly complied—but the two waitresses eventually got fired soon afterwards.
Are you shocked by such behavior? You should be. THIS is the part of the ‘tipping issue’ that never seems to come out into public view that often. The public is constantly bombarded by the other side of the tipping issue—those who do ‘minimal’ work expecting a large ‘tip’, while those who do the lion’s share of the work are not properly shown respect.
In truth, tipping is not the issue. Nor is the amount. The real issue is blessing someone who has gone above and beyond the normal boundaries of their job. In truth, during the pandemic, there were all kinds of people who fit that description—but their jobs ‘forbid’ them from accepting tips—even though they clearly went above and beyond. Now, many of those people who were proclaimed as ‘heroes’ are regarded as ‘cannon fodder’ by the very society that heaped praises on them when they performed their tasks.
Life is not designed to be ‘fair’ on this side of the grave. In fact, I’ll dare say that life won’t be fair until Jesus Christ returns to set up his reign. In the meantime, those who are in the service sector need to ‘buck up’ and not be led into the valley of discontent because ‘someone’ didn’t give them what they ‘feel’ they deserved as a ‘tip’. They need to remember that social media and the mainstream mess make their living over ‘serving up’ bad news—NOT good news.
Blessing someone is far more important than getting one’s palm flattered. Blessings last longer, go farther, and do far better than tipping. Further a blessing sent out will return tips—and more. And, for those who are being served, my advice is to bless AND tip. Go above and beyond a ‘set percentage’. Plus, add some verbal appreciation. It lasts longer than cash!
Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996. To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same: firstname.lastname@example.org. ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.