I came across this note on Facebook and asked Anna if I could repost it here. She readily agreed. EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO READ THIS. We have a horrible reputation in restaurants. The worst.
“You may not believe me when I say this, but, my friends, how much you tip when you go out to eat on Sunday directly affects my testimony at work. If you don’t know alreay, I work at Longhorn Steakhouse, a place where Christians are certainly in the minority. While there are many reasons for this, I truly believe that one of the main ones is how you are viewed when you go out to eat. My friends there should all know that I’m a Christian by now, and (I’m not trying to brag, but) I think that I am respected for the way that I act and choose to live, but last night part of me was ashamed to be identified with a couple of Christians who need someone to explain this to them… I went to bus the table where this couple had enjoyed their dinner, and was shocked when, after the dishes were cleared, I saw only two one dollar bills and some loose change. What was worse than that, though, was a booklet with a smiley face that said “Jesus loves you” next to the money. My first thought was to laugh that they thought their small tip was showing Jesus’ love to their server because $2.85 was not even 5% of their check. My next thought was to run out and give them the booklet back and ask them not to tell anyone that they’re associated with God unless they are going to leave a 15% or 20% tip. Yes, I just said that… 20% is the standard now. I understand that that is a lot of money. I’m not rich either, but if I can’t afford to leave a tip then I guess I can’t afford to go out to eat.
It saddens me greatly that our servers have to fight over who has to work Sundays because it’s the worst shift of the week when it should be the best! Christians should be the nicest, best-tipping customers that come in our store, but instead, many are generalized as demanding and low-tipping. I had a good server friend of mine (that I pray will become a Christian someday) tell me one Sunday afternoon, “They can tithe their God 10% of everything before they come here, but they can’t even tip their waitress 10% who waits on them hand and foot.” It’s not a very nice way to say it, but it showed me how much it stresses them to wait on Christians after church.
I’m definitely not trying to put anyone down, and I love all of my Christian friends, but I think that so many people don’t realize how important it is to act like Christ EVERYWHERE YOU GO!!! because THE WORLD IS WATCHING US!!!
Thanks for taking your time to read this, and think about it this Sunday