A Christmas Evening Shift
We went to a movie on Christmas day and afterwards decided to eat dinner at a restaurant. Being that it was Christmas we only found one restaurant open. As you can imagine the seating was packed, and with many people waiting to get a seat. It also seemed like they were understaffed. The young lady who was serving our table also had most of the other tables and was noticeably overwhelmed. We also noticed that some of the other customers, not knowing the specifics of their circumstance, seemed to be demanding and impatient with her. She started to tear up at one point while cleaning a table just a few feet away from us. We tried to be very patient and encouraging to her when she was at our table and thanked her for working that evening. We left a tip 5 times what we would have usually left. It did not remove her current struggle, but we hoped it would be encouraging and uplifting to her and would send her home with extra money in her pocket for working a stressful Christmas evening shift.