Believe it or not, media plays a significant role in our lives because it impacts the way in which we perceive things. This story proves what a powerful tool media is. Emily Bauer is a 21-year-old waitress working at the Red Hook Seafood and Bar in San Antonio. She received a large tip from an anonymous male customer.
This customer left her a tip of $2000. But her boss refused to give her the tip, stating that they couldn’t process tip amounts larger than $500.
Emily told her story to the local network. It led to the restaurant being harshly criticized by the public. John Cheng, the restaurant owner, claimed that the customer’s card was declined, which is why he couldn’t pass the tip.
Emily was surprised when she received the tip. The anonymous male had even left her a kind message wishing her a Merry Christmas. After this incident became viral, the restaurant started losing so many customers. So the restaurant management decided to write a Facebook post to prove that they were incapable of processing the $2000 tip through their system.
Even though Emily and the managers tried numerous times, the Visa card was declined. And they couldn’t charge the card $500 four times because that would be considered fraud. The man who left the tip, called back to check if Emily received it. He hung up the phone quickly, saying “ok” after the restaurant management told him the tip wouldn’t process and that it would be better if he could come by and pay her by cash or a cheque.
After all, this took place, the restaurant owner decided to pay Emily $2000 with his own money. It is noble of John Cheng to do so even though it wasn’t his fault in the first place. According to Emily, she will be using the money to buy her 5-month-old and 2-year-old sons Christmas presents.
It all turned out well for Emily and her family. The more important lesson is don’t ever mess with the media.
Do you know why tips are called tips?
Well, the custom began in Europe, and while its history is not entirely clear, it is commonly traced back to 17th century England. The word “tip” is an acronym for “To Insure Promptitude,” which was printed on bowls in Britain’s coffeehouses.
Generally, tips are at least 10%, but it is up to you if you thought you got stellar service., you could tip more. As servers don’t make much money per hour, they rely on tips.
There are countries where it is not customary to tip, and in some places, the service fees and gratuity are included in the bill. Some countries consider tipping rude because their service is of a quality standard and expected.
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