An Unexpected Dollar
--by brighteyes, posted Aug 4, 2007
Our department took the day off and went to the ball game together as a team building activity. We had a ball (pun intended).
I made sure to pack sun tan lotion, extra gum, raw almonds, a second hat and some water so I could share with those that forgot. And some did forget, so I felt good to lend or give away what I had brought.
Later during the game, a group of us made a bee-line for the concession stands as they wanted beer and some other mixed drinks. I was drinking water so did not buy anything but I did notice that there was no tip jar for the two women manning the crowded drinks booth.
When I went up later with another co-worker who ordered a margarita (and the line was snaked around the stand and outside), I saw the 2 older women behind the booth. I pulled out 2 dollars and handed one to the woman closest to me. She looked confused.
I said "It 's a tip. Even though I didn't order anything, I noticed how hard you are working with smile. So this is just a little appreciation. Have a great day!" She pocketed the money and exclaimed, "Oh my! Well ... thank you," grinning back. I then went to the other worker and also gave her a dollar. Similiar reaction.
My buddy was a little surprised with my simple act of kindness and said, "WOW, I didn't even think to give them a tip and I am the one ordering the drink!" Hopefully, she will remember to tip next time. :)
I later bought an ice cream cone and inserted the change into their tips container ... just my way of making their day. Again, I heard the "thank -you" and they made my day!