Saturday night, I was working a double shift at work. After my 15 minute break, I saw that the manager had put me in a section that I’m not usually in (at the front of the house, near the hostess desk and the front door). Now, normally, that’s a pretty good section, but seeing as how it was a quieter night, I only had 2 tables.
It started off well and everyone was very nice and polite. At one point I saw my table lifting their hands to get my attention, so I walked over and asked if everything was alright. They were 3/4 done their meal and thought maybe they wanted to take the rest of their food home. But instead, the girl asked me for another Coke and the guy asked for a glass of water. So, on my way towards the kitchen, I picked up the Coke, grabbed a glass of water, and headed back to the table.
As I got closer, however, I noticed that no one was sitting there anymore. The plates were still on the table, so nobody had given them the bill in the few moments I was gone, otherwise they would have cleared the table. I ran to the hostess desk and asked if anyone saw them leave. One of them explained to me that the couple said they were going out for a smoke and would be back. I felt better, but when I looked outside I didn’t see them standing by the door. I thought to myself Maybe they went to smoke in their car…it is really cold outside, but deep down I had a sinking feeling and knew better. They had just dined and dashed.
I waited 15 minutes, just in case they’d come back, but they never did. I was furious! It was the first time this has ever happened to me and I couldn’t believe it. How can you just walk into a restaurant, order drinks, appetizers, two main meals and just leave without paying?
I told a coworker of mine about it and he told me that Karma’s a bitch and that they’ll get what’s coming to them. He said that this happens from time to time and to just let it go, because there’s nothing you can do about disgusting people like that. He’s right. There’s nothing you can do.
So, I put on a smile for the rest of my customers and something amazing happened. I got the best tables I’ve ever had on a Saturday night. I was getting 20-25% tips all night. One table said that the next time they would come, they’d ask for my section because I was really nice and they really enjoyed having me as a waitress. A group of 8 people said that they had the best service they ever had at any restaurant. It was just amazing. Starting the night off with a bunch of thieves, I thought that maybe it would be “one of those nights”, especially since it was a full moon, but it turned out completely differently.
Sure, Karma’s a bitch. But, it can also turn around and send good vibes to a good person who deserves it. Thank you, Karma. Just one question to the couple who left without paying: How do you sleep at night?
So, to all those diners out there, please show some respect and actually pay for the food and service you are receiving. Otherwise, you’re just a thief.
See you tomorrow morning!