Did Honesty Die?

Last night I had dinner with a couple of friends. I ordered a cup of soup to go with my dinner. (This part is important.) When the check came, we all took a look to figure out who owed what.

Our server forgot to charge me for my soup.

I waited for the server to come back so the soup could be added to the bill. My friends (whom I met while working in the hospitality industry) were surprised – they would have just kept quiet and enjoyed the fact that they received a freebie.

When the server came back, I told her that she’d forgotten to add the soup. She waived it off and said it was on her, so I gave her a big thank-you tip.

Having worked in the hospitality industry for some time, food is one of the things that’s always written off. And that point was brought up while I was waiting for the check to be corrected.

But you know what? The guilt would have eaten at me.

It’s not like I didn’t enjoy the soup. And the service wasn’t awful.

In short, I’d have no plausible reason to take advantage of my good fortune.

Which seriously makes me wonder: did honesty die? ‘Cause if it did, then I’m going to be annoyed.

    • njudah
    • June 12th, 2010 11:31am

    the fact you said something earned you +1000 karma points and the fact you thank-tipped earns you +1000 more. I’ve discovered the wole “be awesome to others” thing really can pay ya back when you least expect it.

  1. I feel the same way. I’ve had that happen many times before in one fashion or another. I once left a $10 bill on the ground because I thought someone might come back to claim it. Would I have done the same if it was a $50 or $100? I don’t know.

    I remember being 10 or 11 and finding a net sack with a bunch of bills in it at the bottom of our local community pool. I didn’t even try to take it up to the office or ask around – I left right away (instincts of a criminal!). I went to movies and bought books and bought candy – had a great time! But the guilt ate at me for days and weeks. I never got caught or was questioned, but the thought out what I did (which really wasn’t much) haunted me.

    And that has had be conditioned ever since.

  2. @njudah
    Thanks, buddy. :)

  3. @Dale (PopBunker.net)
    How were you able to smuggle a bag of cash out of the pool and conceal it on your person? I’d probably let you keep half of the loot had I been the owner.

    Or maybe it was a scheme to find new members for a gang and you passed with flying colors. Which means I’m now writing for a blog whose founder is a potential gang-banger. Eep.

    Nah. You’re good people. :)

  4. I would have done the same thing. Only with my luck, I would have had to wait at least 10-15 minutes, because the waitress would have vanished after dropping off our check, and by the time I was able to alert her to her mistake I would be seething and really not want to do her any favors. NOT THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME. I’d still tell her, but I would not like it. Damn it.

  5. @Annika
    Haha. That is totally going to happen to me the next time around.

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