It’s a known fact that waitressing is not an easy job. From the long shifts to the fact that you’re standing and running around the entire time, it’s truly challenging. On top of all that, there are the customers that you need to take into account. While most of them can be pleasant to serve, there are still those few who tend to think the world owes them everything. They can be as rude as anything, acting entitled and mean towards the restaurant staff. Of course, the opposite is true as well – there are plenty of customers that are sweet and caring towards the staff.
Even though she knew her job wasn’t necessarily the most honorable one in the book, she was shocked all the same when she caught sight of an officer walking towards her purposely. She saw the man who she sent away right next to the cop. Immediately, she started panicking, her heart started to race. When the police officer reached her, he slapped his hand onto her desk and leaned over towards her. Meanwhile, he made a request that made the woman’s eyes widen in suspicion.
It’s My Job
Alicia Danielle worked at a pawn shop downtown. She was sure she’d already experienced everything. She was fully aware of people’s greediness and desperation when it came to money and materialistic things. After some big sales, she would count the dollar bills behind the counter. That’s when she’d notice people eyeing the cash in her hands as if they were hungry for it. At times, she’d get a customer who was a mother looking to pawn a family heirloom. The experience would be painful for her to see. All the same, she hid her true feelings and would do her job. She knew if she didn’t work the job, she wouldn’t have what to do.
Odd Cross-Sections Of People
Alicia’s been in the business for so long that she had gotten used to it by this point. She was able to tell a man’s intention when he pawned items just by looking at his face. The pawnshop attracted strange mixes of people who were from different places in the town. For Alicia, she came up with two categories for people who pawned in her shop. The first was the people who were down-and-out, while the second was people who were like vultures looking for a chance to get a great deal. However, it was different with the officer she’d met on that day. He had done something Alicia never expected.
Alicia knew full well how to handle her regular customers. With the amount of experience she had, she found that some customers would bargain for certain antiques while others would willingly pay the full amount with no questions asked. She worked in a rather small town. For this reason, she was able to remember almost all her customers. Still, there was a new man who came into the pawnshop. She watched him carefully, examining his every move.
An Odd Customer
Alicia walked over to the cash register. As she watched the strange customer inside the pawnshop, she became unsettled; the guest went straight to the back of the shop. It was the moment to panic. And so, Alicia pressed the button under the counter to call the police silently. All the same, she still wasn’t calm. She knew something bad was going to happen if the police didn’t show up quickly enough. She hoped this would end immediately before it was too later. She never expected the officers to support the man she feared.
She Was Distracted
As Alicia watched the monitor, she saw the man walk over to a spot the cameras couldn’t reach. She became cautious – the man was wearing a long coat. His hands were buried deep in his pockets. She couldn’t focus on him, however, seeing as she had a line of irritated people waiting for service. Suddenly, a line formed in front of her. And so, she had no choice but to be distracted by other customers. She didn’t notice a squad car that was parked right in front of the shop.
A Suspicious Man
At times, Alicia would look at the screen while serving a customer in the shop. She was looking for a suspicious man who was roaming the shop freely. When she looked around, she saw him again. He was in the back of a long line of customers who would pawn or bargain for various items. She couldn’t believe this would be such a busy day when there was a man loitering freely without joining the line of customers. Quickly, Alicia served the customers so she could watch the man more closely.
Lunchtime came around and a lot of the customers left the shop. Most of them were finished with their transactions, while others went to go eat. That’s when the suspicious man walked up to the counter. Alicia was relieved that the man would want to purchase or bargain something inside the store. She was sure this transaction would go smoothly, just like with any other customer. She assumed the man would get an item, she’d process the payment, and he would leave the store. However, she was mistaken.
Something Was Off
The man placed a pair of second-hand shoes on the counter in front of Alicia. She took the shoes and told the man how much they would be worth. After coming to a bargain, the man handed his credit card for her to process the payment. Well, she couldn’t allow herself to let her guard down. Once she put the numbers into the card terminal, the man began to act in an even more suspicious manner. Something was clearly off.
A Moment Of Truth
As Alicia was able to take a closer look at the man, she took notice that he was nervous. This time, she knew that something was wrong. Something could happen if she would let the situation continue. The man put in his pin number and bit his lip as if to gather his courage. Silently, he crossed his fingers, hoping his plan would succeed. He prayed for some good luck. He prepared himself and knew the plan just in case things went wrong. This was the moment the nightmare began for Alicia.
The Card Was Declined
The man passed through the terminal and back to Alicia. She tried remaining calm when he himself was holding his breath. However, the man knew exactly what would happen in the next few minutes. His card was declined. It was clear to Alicia that the man was upset, even angry. She could see so by the look on his face. When she kindly asked him if he had another way to pay, the man put his hand into his pocket without saying a word. This was the start of a strange interaction between Alicia and her dodgy customer.
He Was Angry
The man said to Alicia that he didn’t have another way to pay for the shoes he bargained for. He had no cash or other cards he could use. Gently, Alicia asked him to return the shoes to the right place. The man did as she asked. After he put the shoes back, Alicia knew the man was angry due to the way he walked out of the store. Despite the fact that she felt sorry for him, she still couldn’t give the shoes away since the store wasn’t a charity place – she was simply trying to make a living by doing her job. She didn’t know that she’d see the man again. Only this time around, he wouldn’t be alone.
A Police Officer
When the man left the store, Alicia became busy with customers again. Each one wanted a different bargain than the last. She couldn’t even recap the incident when the man returned into the shop. When she looked up and saw him standing there, she saw a police officer standing with the man. She couldn’t help but feel shocked that the man was accompanied by an officer of the law. This time, she had a feeling she might be in trouble.
Talk In Private
Alicia tried keeping busy and ignored the fact that the man was back by taking care of a customer. Instead, she focused on serving the customer since there were a lot of them lined up at the counter. Still, she couldn’t help but be distracted by the man and the police officer. They were towards the back of the store, not in the line behind the rest of the customers. She wondered if they wanted to talk to her privately.
After one of the busiest days of her life, Alicia was almost done with the transactions in the checkout line. That was when she started feeling panicked and nervous about the man and the officer who were waiting for her. After she was done with the customers in line and it was just her and the two men, she had a feeling she would experience all that went on in the shop. Even if it turned out terribly.
She Felt Terrified
The officer walked up to Alicia at the counter. She was terrified. She kept asking herself what was happening and why these two men showed up at her store together. She looked at the cop’s face to see if she could find any clues to what was about to happen. She couldn’t find anything, however. And so, she said, “Is everything okay?” and then added, “Can I help you in any way?” That’s when the intimidating man hit the counter and leaned on it. The answer she got from them was absolutely one-sided.
Her First Time
The police officer said to her: “No problem, but if you still have those shoes still, I’d like to go ahead and purchase them”. Alicia couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She wondered why he was doing this. During all her years working at the pawnshop, this was the first time anything like this happened. She tried looking around since she was so surprised at what was happening. She hoped to see someone else show up in the shop to witness what was happening there. However, it was just her and the two men. This time, she understood she was the only one who could help herself in this situation.
Full Of Holes And Tattered
As Alicia glanced at the man again, she noticed the shoes he was wearing were all tattered and filled with holes. That’s when she realized the officer’s intentions and relaxed. She knew the officer’s purpose wasn’t ill-intended. Quite the opposite, actually. He wanted to come and buy replacement shoes for the man next to him. However, she couldn’t understand why the officer waited for all the other people to leave the store.
A Genuine Help
Alicia thought carefully before realizing that the police officer didn’t want to make a scene in front of everyone. He didn’t want to bring attention to the situation, so he waited until the last customer had left the store. She understood that both of these men weren’t looking to get any sort of attention – especially from the media. Instead, this police man genuinely wanted nothing but to help the man who was with him. That’s when she decided to take part in the event.
She Was Inspired
Alicia wanted to help the poor man as well. She asked the officer if she could pay half of the amount for the new shoes. Inspired by the officer’s good intentions, she knew this man needed warm and comfortable shoes to wear instead of the rugged ones he had on. However, she wasn’t the only woman who found herself in this kind of situation while on the job. In fact, there is a story about a woman named Ashley Latella that’s even stranger than this one.
Ashley couldn’t help but feel doubtful when she saw an unpaid bill again for a familiar group of men. She couldn’t understand why they would do this. The men signaled her to follow them into the back room. Naturally, Ashley looked around for anyone who had noticed this and could call for help. However, she didn’t see anyone. Unable to think straight due to all the noise around her, Ashley couldn’t help but feel like something bad was going to happen.
Busiest Days Of The Year
Ashley worked at the Seagrape Cafe in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was on a night shift when she caught sight of a group of men coming into the restaurant. It was December, aka the holiday season. Of course, this meant that the store was very busy. In fact, it was so busy that Ashley was having a hard time keeping up with all the customers. The tables were ready for the guests, but there were too many diners in the bar area. Ashley found herself rushing to every table in order to take all the customers’ orders quickly.
Another Busy Day
Another time, there was a group of students that showed up at the restaurant. They enjoyed themselves, cheering, and yelling inside while they ordered their first round of drinks. When they had finished their drinks, Ashely saw from the corner of her eye something else. She saw a group of three men who went to sit at the corner of the restaurant. Her manager, Carlos Carmo, noticed the same thing. He knew they had no business being inside, so he kept an eye on the men. Since it was such a busy day, Carlos’s attention was soon elsewhere.
Ashley rushed towards the three men in the corner. She took their orders and was sure to make them feel comfortable. Even though she was doing a great job keeping up with customers and getting their orders, she couldn’t help but feel like something was off with these men’s behavior. Each time the group finished what they ordered, they would go ahead and order another round. When she served them and walked away, she kept feeling like they were watching her intently. Still, when she served their orders, the men were completely silent. She then realized their real intention – as soon as she brought over their bill.
The Quiet Ones
Ashley knew all too well that the quiet customers were really the biggest troublemakers. Based on her experience, that is. There was always a troublesome table that she would run into almost every day while working. She would be uncomfortable serving the customer at the table and then switch with one of her male coworkers. However, on this night, she didn’t have the option to change tables with anyone seeing as they were all so busy. All the staff members had their hands full. Finally, the group of men showed their real intention.
Every time Ashley wondered about those people’s motives, she couldn’t quite figure it out. The Seagrape Cafe was a bar that was known among students in the area. However, Ashley couldn’t understand why men would be hanging around the area if they weren’t in school. The three men in the corner were definitely the older ones inside the restaurant. It might have been a woman’s intuition or simply past experience, but Ashley knew there might be trouble brewing in the bar.
Refused To Pay
Being a waitress, Ashley expected a lot of people to come in and out of the bar. She even knew there were both good and bad people coming into the restaurant on a regular basis. However, she always did her best to be the best server she could be, no matter what. All the same, she never expected to run into a group of three grown men who refused to pay their bills after ordering things there. She couldn’t believe it.
They Were Just Starting
The three men finally finished drinking and eating, so they asked Ashley for their bill. She was relieved that they were wrapping things up. After all, her shift was coming to an end and she couldn’t wait. All she wanted to do was go home and rest for her next day of work. Still, she never expected this to happen. She didn’t know that when she would hand them their bill, they would ask for something odd.
What Do They Want
One of the men in the group had the bill tucked under his elbow, close to his chest. When Ashley tried to take the bill in order to process it, the man refused to give it to her. Slowly, he looked her up and down, making her uncomfortable. She could feel his eyes traveling until they reached her shocked face. After that, the man took the bill in his hand and gave it to her. Ashley couldn’t help but feel as if these men were taunting her.
She Was Confused
Still staring at the man’s eyes, Ashley flinched when he suddenly put his chair back. The other men promptly followed his lead. It was almost as if he had signaled the others that they were leaving. All three men stood up. The man who had the bill swung his shoulder. It looked like he was pointing at the door behind him. Ashely was so confused, especially since it was a stranger who did something so strange that she never expected. She got the feeling that he wanted her to follow him outside. Immediately, her heart started racing.
Pay In Private
Ashley truly had no idea what was going on. In a panic, she raised her hands in confusion. However, the man was very persistent. He leaned towards the waitress. Still, she had a hard time hearing what he was saying since there were so many people around. When he repeated his words, Ashley understood that the three men wanted to pay their bill in private. Naturally, Ashley was disturbed by this request. She froze, terrified of what these men wanted from her.
In A Panic State
In a panic, Ashley tried looking into the crowd in the bar – she looked for her manager, feeling desperate. She kept asking herself why these men wanted to pay their bill in a private place. Was there a problem with one of their orders? It didn’t seem like it – wouldn’t they have said so if that was the case? Ashley didn’t want to go somewhere private with these three men. In fact, she felt very unsafe doing so. Still, she felt as if she had no choice in the matter.
There were customers who wanted to eat in the restaurant just because Ashley was an attractive woman. She seemed to entice many of the customers who came into the bar. Not to mention, she was a hard worker and kept herself in shape so she could do her job well. While the man who refused to give her the bill was rather handsome, Ashley was on edge. It was strange for him to do that, and it scared her. She couldn’t express what she truly felt since she didn’t know what was going to happen when she would follow the men into a room alone.
Thankfully, Ashley saw Carlos rush over to her and the men. He happened to catch sight of her conversing with the customers, and when he saw Ashley’s terrified eyes, he knew he had to intervene. He walked over to her. Immediately, Ashley felt a huge relief that she wasn’t alone. The manager knew that something awful might happen that night. When Ashley told her manager all that happened, Carlos decided he would handle the situation for her. He went to the back room together with her and the men in order to make sure she was safe.
They Were Surprised
At first, Carlos assumed that these men weren’t satisfied with their service, just as Ashley thought. He just hoped that things wouldn’t spiral out of control. He and Ashley felt a rising amount of pressure while they walked towards the back of the bar with the three men. They stopped when the man motioned them to. Ashley and Carlos were both so surprised about what happened next. They never could have expected anything like it.
The five of them were in a private room, it was quiet. The men wanted to explain everything to Ashley, so they started speaking to her. They told her everything. When they came in, the three men watched all four bartenders working at the bar and couldn’t help but be impressed by all of them. After they heard why these men came in Carlos felt relieved. Once they were done explaining themselves, the man handed their bill over to Carlos. When he saw what was written on the paper, he was shocked.
A Rare Event
On the bill, Carlos saw a large amount: five and two zeros next to it. He couldn’t believe what he was looking at. The three men gave Ashley a $500 tip. Of course, this was very rare for customers who ordered drinks for the amount of $112. Carlos was shocked. He didn’t know why they were giving so much to the bar’s staff. While he was grateful, Carlos was asked by the man to look it up again. By that point, Carlos knew he made a mistake when reading the total amount of the tip.
That’s Not All
Taking a closer look at the bill, Carlos was confused. “I saw another zero”, he said in an interview. His face went pale while Ashley burst into tears of joy. A few minutes later, she was able to start calming down. She walked up to the three men and gave them each a big hug. It wasn’t a $500 tip – it was a $5,000 tip! Why would these men give such a large sum of money to the bar’s staff? It was too good to be true.
A Tip From God
There were so many questions running through Ashley’s mind. Who were these three men? How did they have the ability to spend so much money without a second thought? Why did they choose the staff at Seagrape Cafe when they could have gone to much fancier places in the area? The men explained that they were a group called “Tips for Jesus”. They were on a mission. Their saying was “The Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
The men traveled to different places in the United States. They worked on finding the most hardworking restaurants and bard so they could tip the staff generously. By that point, they had given a total of $11,500 just in Manhattan! After everything that happened, this story was spreading on social media. So many people across America wanted to share their stories. There were times when a bartender would get a $1,000 tip for an $85 bill. Ashley realized where she could use her portion of her tip.
Ashley knew where she would be spending the money she would get from the tip. She went around her town and went into local toy stores, buying a bunch of toys. Then, she donated them all to the toy drive named Al’s Angels. She was so happy she could be a part of something like that. She adored being able to give back to the community in whichever way she could. Still, this wasn’t the first time she was able to give something to those in need.
What Goes Around Comes Around
There was that time when Ashley wanted to donate some new toys to the toy drive. She said, “I’ve been trying to gather toys at my office. Toys, blankets”. The money she got from Tips for Jesus couldn’t have come at a better time. The three men had no idea just how generous Ashley actually was. This story just goes to show that when we are kind to others, it will come back around to us. What goes around comes around, after all.
Tide Pod Challenge
At times, there are things that go viral on social media and suddenly everyone knows about them. Viral trends can truly be anything – even things that are dangerous and, let’s be honest, not all that smart. There was a time when people enjoyed watched others follow what was called the Tide Pod Challenge. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. Some people were able to get a good post out of it, which to them was the most important. However, this is a trend that will make everyone happy, and it’s still happening now!
Paycheck To Paycheck
Most people who work in any type of customer service know full well that making ends meet is a challenge and that they won’t earn enough money from that job to make them rich. The latest challenge sweeping the web was called “Tip the Bill” or “Tip the Bill Challenge”. Everyone could participate in this challenge. The goal of it was to spread love to others while having a great time dining out.
The challenge involved people ordering as they normally would. When the bill came, they would give a 100% tip to their server. However, there were people who took this challenge very seriously. They noticed that tipping began to fall. Studies have shown that 50% of people eating in restaurants didn’t know how much to tip the servers. How much is a tip meant to be? Do you know the amount you’re meant to give to the hard worker?
More Than They Deserve
Typically, when you eat out at a restaurant, there is a 15% to 20% budget for the tip. However, the people who participated in the challenge were making a bigger bet than they normally did. In fact, there was one story at the Blue 4 restaurant in upper Northwest Washington. Keep reading to find out what happened there.
Tip The Bill Challenge
Christofer Nardelli owned the four-year-old restaurant. He had loyal customers who liked coming into his restaurant even several times a month. His absolute favorite meal on the menu was the gumbo. It was a chicken and andouille sausage base that had dark roux paired with an Old Chub Scotch Ale. Can you even imagine how delicious that must be?
For the most part, Christofer and James Turner, the chef of the restaurant, e-mailed their customers about all the deals they were having along with beer options. Not to mention, they would add in all the new things that were going on at the restaurant. The chef even mailed customers personally at times. One customer asked the chef when the gumbo would be served so he would know when to come to the restaurant.
When they finished their meal at the restaurant, they asked for the bill and paid as they would normally. They then left the restaurant. However, Laura noticed something strange at their abandoned table. She was the bartender of the restaurant at the time. The customers who just left were regulars and always wanted to eat gumbo. Not to mention, they were generous tippers. However, this tip was not expected at all.
More Than The Bill
Three staff members caught on to what was happening and were shocked. They couldn’t believe the tip they got on the $93 bill. That’s when Laura took the bill while the others were busy cleaning. The restaurant was getting ready to close. She peeked inside the bill to check it, but then rushed to get Chris. What did she find?