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Tip one to a departed friend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

One of the people I work with begged me to go out and toast our dear departed friend, Gil. Gil worked with us and I knew him before he started working with me. HE was this older Mexican man who when he was 65, acted 35. Very handsome, married to # 2 and very devoted to his family, loved a great joke and helped me feel good about myself while going through my divorce. He died last February and Beth and I vowed to tip one for good 'ol Gil ASAP.

That is all she talked about for the past five days, so today when I kept saying I could not wait until four o'clock, she never said a word.. I called her a few minutes before we were to meet(we both live about a three minute drive from the place we were to meet),, left voice mail..

I waited at the grille where we were to meet,, for over 40 minutes , then ordered my drink and meal.
Meal was sub-par, bartender would have shorted me $20 if I had not called him on it.. did not come around to ask if I needed anything,, they were not busy,,he chit-chatted with lottery players across the room, without a care in the world.

One thing I have learned from the insect/animal word: patience is power, is its' own reward.
About 99.9/10% of service people look at me as on old, fat lady to be nice to for tips. What most of them never realize, until I talk to the owner or manager, is expressing your like or dislike with your wallet or keyboard is SO powerful.. I happen to be the top contributor in my state on Trip Advisor, and receive pins, cards, decals, magnets, etc for business owners to display for positive influence on customers and other business owners. I only give them out when I get service I would give if in their place.. I still have the pins...

I will be on Trip Advisor tonight to review this joint.. yet another lesson to learn: do not judge any book by its' cover..

MY lesson learned today: Never rely on Beth again..
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    You did what you needed to do, you tipped one back for your good friend. Let Beth worry about the repercussions of her actions, because they will come back on her eventually.

    I think it's very funny your the top contributor in your state for trip adviser, not because it's you but because now i'm picturing you like a secret agent. Quiet, soft spoken, seated alone in a darkened section of the restaurant in your casual clothes not drawing any attention to yourself. Then the waiter pulls a bogus move and bam you hit um with your you suck sticker.

    1266 days ago
    Oh gosh.... I am sorry to hear about this. I love trip advisor and appreciate toes who share their experiences. Happy Saturday!
    1270 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Sorry about Gil....and your experience. We also tip like you do....believe in it....and I taught my kids the same. Tip for good service....but don't let bad service go. It's called integrity and is one of my BIGGIES in today's world. There is so little integrity left in the world!

    Have a great weekend, Lin!
    1270 days ago
    I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you didn't let the terrible service ruin the tribute.
    1270 days ago
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Good for you for not letting people take advantage of you.
    1270 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the loss of a friend, and the standing up by another friend. That's really lousy of her.

    And lousy service to boot. That's no good. I like that you speak out about it with your keyboard on Trip Adviser though. Bad service shouldn't be tolerated. Ugh.

    Hope your night is good!
    1270 days ago
    Sorry for your lose of a friend.
    1270 days ago
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