Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Waiter Gets Frustrated When Customers Tip Him Only $3.28, Doesn’t Expect This Surprise Days Later.

A Thankless Job

A Thankless Job

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Waiting tables is one of the most thankless jobs that exist. When you don’t have a steady income, your livelihood depends on the kindness of strangers. Sometimes, you receive a bad tip for things that are out of your control, like the food or restaurant prices. So it’s understandable for waiters to get frustrated if they get paltry tips after doing their best. One server felt his blood boil when he picked up a measly $3 tip - only to be blindsided by an incredible gesture.

A Brave Face

A Brave Face

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A Reddit user named Seminole has been a waiter for a long time and knows all the ups and downs of the business. His experience mostly mirrors that of the majority of servers in the industry - long hours, low wages, little appreciation from customers. Even though he had been struggling financially, he always wore a smile. But just as things were looking up, he found a strange-looking note left on his table. Was it a complaint? Instead, what he found was something that had him scrambling for his phone.

Life Turned Upside-Down

Life Turned Upside-Down

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Seminole lives in Miami, Florida, with his girlfriend. They had recently adopted a dog which, at the time, seemed completely legal. Seminole couldn't get enough of the pup's wide-mouthed grin, so he understandably began snapping selfies with the happy dog. But for some reason, just one of these pictures had prompted someone to call the cops on the smiling duo. Just a few days after posting the picture, the cops were banging on his door. The dog would have to be returned to the pound, or else.

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

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Having seen the photo, the officers informed Seminole that he had violated the city's ban on owning pit bulls. According to the city, both pit bulls and pit bull mixes are considered to be "dangerous dogs." Possessing one was a punishable crime. Seminole had little choice - unless he wanted to end up in jail, he had to pay a $500 ticket and give up his dog. Heartbroken and now missing both a new friend and $500, Seminole still managed to put on a brave face - until one group of customers nearly made him quit.

A Rough Day At Work

A Rough Day At Work

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Seminole arrived at work that fateful day completely wrecked. On top of losing his dog and $500, the previous evening he had to serve a large group of office workers who got a little rowdy. They drank a lot, were loud and stayed way past closing time. The tip was the suggested minimum, which was better than no tip at all, but not enough for all the work he’d put into it. He hoped the next day would be smooth sailing - but instead got something that would send him overboard.

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