Unless you are super lucky, you might not have your dream job at the moment. The truth is that a lot of people just want to make money to cover the bills and other essentials, you know. There is no denying that some careers are more desirable than others. For example, no one really aspires to wait tables for a living. Even though this is the case, it is still an honest way to earn a living wage. Wait until you hear the story of this waiter who was only doing his job as usual. Not once was he clued in that his life was going to change forever.
It is not easy to wait tables, mind you. Servers need to work long hours and deal with rude people, only to bring home a small sum of money. A waiter had been working the night shift when he took note of a customer behaving rather strangely. The person in question left the place in a very rushed manner, but he made sure to leave a message on the table. The waiter read the note and then rushed after the customer.
Very Busy Night
The story unfolded one lovely Friday evening. Thanks to the nice weather, the joint had been full of customers. Sadly, there was just one waiter to cover the whole patio space in the restaurant: David Fabila. He was dedicated to the job and makes sure to work hard. However, he could not help but feel overwhelmed that particular evening. One customer even pointed out just how much this hardworking man needed a hand because of the number of customers. Still, he was able to do everything on his own.
A Hard Worker
To understand the story in its entirety, it is important for you to know more about the waiter. He is a 31-year-old dad of three living in Roseville, California. David Fabila had two jobs. The story happened at his job at a wine bar called House of Oliver, but he had one more job to pay the bills and provide for his kids. It is truly unfortunate that so many parents know what it is like to be in his shoes.
Not A Waiter
What is so strange about the story is that he was not even a waiter. No, he was a bartender at the House of Oliver, so he mixed and served drinks instead. However, the particular shift was so busy that they roped him into acting as a waiter for the day. The restaurant was short on staff, so everyone was ready to help out. After serving a lot of customers on that day, he began to feel a bit overwhelmed with it all.
All By Himself
While he did a good job at work, it was becoming clear that he would not be able to keep it up if he was not getting any help soon. There was not much choice for him, however, since they were short-staffed on that day. No one was there to help him, which is why he needed to do everything on his own. Maybe the worst part here was that he just got out of a shift at the other job before he clocked in at the restaurant. He was already tired, but it looked like things were only going to get even worse. Uh-oh.
David had no idea that this night was going to change his life forever. There was a customer in the place who wound up affecting his life in such an unbelievable and unpredictable way. Needless to say, he did not see this coming at all. The customer we are talking about goes by the name Steffen Berr. David had not paid much attention to Steffen in the restaurant because there were too many people he attended to.
Good And Bad Days
By this point in time, he had been in the service industry for a long time already. He knew that there were good and bad days. While it was not really his dream job, he valued it as a way to provide for his family. David was aware that you will have to deal with all kinds of people in this industry, so he knew to expect the unexpected. However, Steffen was one of a kind. David had never served anyone like him.
Relying On Tips
In the U.S., workers in the service industry do not get paid that much money. No, they basically rely on tips for their survival. It is the only way for them to earn a living at the job. Tipping is such a big part of American culture since every bartender, waitress, and waiter depends on the tips. David was a guy who did not only need the tips, but he deserved them too. Still, it was up to the customer to leave a gratuity.
Doing It Right
Shifts like this one can cause a server to worry and doubt in himself. David already had a lot on his plate, so he started to worry if he was doing things right. He needed to make sure that he was getting everyone’s orders, serving food to the appropriate customers, and ensuring that they have a good time. A lot of customers were focused on the food and having a good time. Steffen Berr, however, was keeping an eye on David and watching this man like a hawk. What gives?
Paying The Bill
A couple of hours later, the place was starting to get a little less hectic. Many customers had already gone when Steffen Berr asked for the bill. David got his check for him and handed it over to him. However, he still had to take care of the other customers and walked away right after that. Upon returning to the table Steffen sat, he saw that this customer had already left.
Not Like Them
There are people who want to settle the bill using a credit card, which is why he sometimes had to bring the card machine. Others liked to pay in cash and had to wait for the change. However, Steffen Berr was not like these folks. Upon taking a close look at the bill, David was in total shock by what he saw.
Paying By Check
It was clear that Berr and his pals went there to dine in style that very evening. The total bill came up to $200. If you want us to be precise, it totaled $191.39. The group of friends seated at the table wanted to pay by check instead. However, what they left was twice the amount of their bill! In the beginning, David thought that there must have been some kind of mistake. Or he did until he saw the note on the bill.
Here was what the note on the bill read: “We’re young, we’re both serving”. When it was time to fill out the check, Steffen chose to leave him a tip as big as the bill! Yes, that is quite a ginormous tip for David! He was rendered speechless when the truth dawned on him at last. While he truly needed the money, he wanted to make sure that the group truly left it for him. And so he went out to come after the client.
Going After Him
It was a good thing that David managed to track him down before Steffen left the place. He then asked him about the unbelievable tip that he left. He found out that Steffen was only a 24-year-old student at Sacramento State. He was working an unpaid internship at the time, which only makes his incredible gesture that much more amazing. When asked if it was a mistake, Steffen told him it was not.
The two guys talked for a short while. It soon became clear why this customer chose to leave such a big tip. The truth was that he was a server as well. In an interview with CBS, David said that people do not appreciate the job that they do unless they had been in the same position in the past. Steffen must have felt bad about what David was going through since he had been in the same spot before. He saw that David was overworked and underpaid, so Steffen left the tip to show him that he was appreciated!
Not A Challenge
In case you were wondering, Steffen did not tip generously for the “Tip the Bill Challenge.” He had not met David prior to that moment either. He was just a regular guy who enjoyed and appreciated the service he was given at a restaurant. For this reason, he wanted to reward the man who served him. David was completely surprised when the truth dawned on him. People are not usually that kind!
Paying It Forward
Isn’t it nice to see someone more fortunate or successful wanting to pay it forward? Steffen had been at the restaurant with his friends to celebrate the end of his senior year of college. For many years, he worked hard to earn money. At that point, he only wanted to give back. After seeing just how hard David had been working, he decided that this industrious man deserved a reward for all of his efforts.
He Was Grateful
David got interviewed about the experience by a number of local news stations. He made sure to use the opportunity to show Steffen his appreciation. The young man wanted to show the bartender that there were more people who appreciated what he did. It might have been the first time they ever met, but this did not stop Steffen from doing such a generous thing. That sum of money is no joke at all.
Not That Common
While it is common knowledge that people working in the service industry rely on tips, the truth is that not everyone leaves a gratuity. There are people who do not leave anything whatsoever, so we bet you can imagine just how rare it was for something like this to happen. The rule of thumb is to leave 15 to 20% of the entire bill. However, as much as 40% of Americans only tip smaller than that or not at all.
The biggest problem here is the fact that folks working in the service industry have to deal with “tipped minimum wage.” It means that the government has declared that people working in restaurants and bars should only get a fraction of a wage. The idea was that customers will make up for this by giving them tips. It would be fine if all customers left generous amounts, but this is not the case at all.
A lot of people know that this is a flawed system, which is why they are demanding appropriate wages for the people in the service industry. It would be a lot better if the millions of bartenders and servers had a secure and reliable source of income. Now, it would amazing if such a thing finally happens. In the meantime, let us hope that there are people like Steffen who would not hesitate to be so generous.
More Than Generosity
We have discussed just how generous a person Steffen is for giving his waiter such a good tip. However, the truth is that this was not only a matter of generosity. Since he was in a good place when it comes to finances, he had the chance to give David a big tip as a reward for all his hard work. While this was a very generous thing to do, let us not forget about another quality he displayed: humility.
No Credit Please
Steffen had not been after credit when he did such a thing. The reason he left a tip of $200 was that he thought David deserved this. He had the ability to do it, and so he did. The reason he left the place right away was that he did not want to get credit for it. The sole reason we even know about the story was because David immediately came after him. Ultimately, we can learn a thing or two from what Steffen did. Let us never forget that it is good to give for the sake of it and not to expect anything in return.
For Other Reasons
We are sure that you have heard a lot of stories about wealthy folks giving all kinds of donations to various charities. These folks have gotten praises for their generosity, and they deserve it. However, the truth is that not everyone does these things out of the goodness of their hearts. There are people who make donations to make themselves look good. It is great that there are people like Steffen out there.
Do Unto Others
Karma says that everything we do, regardless of whether it is good or bad, will always come back to us. This is why we must treat others the way we want to be treated. There are folks who subscribe to this idea, but many do not. There are folks who do not even give it a second thought and do good things without considering if it will impact their futures. Stefan did not have a reward in mind when he left the huge tip for David. He was only trying to be a kind person.
Never Give Up
The biggest lesson here is that no one should ever give up. Even though David had been going through a rough time at work, he managed to persevere. While he must have been hoping for something to lift his spirits, not once did he expect something like this to happen. Make sure to keep this story in mind the next time you hit a particularly rough patch in life. We hope that you will remember that good things can also come from the most unexpected places. There is someone looking out for you out there. As long as you act out of the goodness of your heart, you will be rewarded in the future!