Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A 10-Year Old Teacher Tips Us in Life


--by tressyanne, posted Jun 12, 2009

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.  "Miss, how much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.  "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.  The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. 

"Okay then, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.  By now, more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.  "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.  The little boy again counted his coins.  "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table, and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier, and left.

When the waitress came back to that table, she began to cry as she wiped it with the wash cloth. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish with vanilla ice cream swirled around the edges, were two nickels and five pennies...

You see, the little boy couldn't have the sundae, because he wanted to secure enough coins to leave her a tip. That was a tip to her and here's a tip for you: remember those who serve you even if they don't remember you because it just might help remind them of their own value as a server.

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Readers Comments

JC wrote: How much was the ice cream? 10 cents? And was the tip 5 pennies. ? I just don't understand. If the plain ice cream was thirty five cents and he didn't even have enough coin to pay?
karthika wrote: Very touching story
sam wrote: An inspiring story. For 3 1/2 years, i waited on tables myself and have been given generous tips and appreciative smiles from customers on many occasions. I return the favor whenever i am a customer.
Ernest wrote: It works! I left the exact same amount as a tip for dinner last saturday and the waitress did cried too.
Smile wrote: So cute! Yes. And david,ryan, she cried bcause she saw that the boy had decided not to have what he could have had and probably wanted just so he could give the waitress a tip and then she had been rude to him!
hotcocoa wrote: Such a touching cute story.

I'm sure the waitress changed her mind.

Thanks for sharing it with us.
Latika wrote: Very touching story.
Jacinda wrote: Hey tressyanne! What a wonderful story! I loved it :) it touched my heart. Thank you so much for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful day, jacinda
luvlee wrote: Phew. Amazing story. Touching.
bharnig wrote: Wonderful story. Thanks for reminding us to be kind.

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