We entered double doors, and were met with a sign over the hostess table, “Sorry for slow service. We cannot get workers.” A nice dose of honesty. We could see maybe fifteen tables. Lisa was IT. One waitress; one man cooking.

We told Lisa, we were in no hurry. Just a place to visit, and food when she could get it. When we paid, I chumped up a much larger tip than usual. Told Lisa I thanked her for working. I’m sure she could have found an excuse along with 61% of the labor force who was not working in December.*


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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23 Responses to THANKS FOR WORKING

  1. capost2k says:

    WoW! Am I the only one noticing the amazing stained glass gargantuan tiffany overhead!?
    What is the name and city of this restaurant? That glass would be enough to make me want to drop in sometime! And of course, Anita and I would leave a big tip for the faithful Lisa as well. 😉

  2. Debbie L says:

    We are actually thanking EVERY worker we encounter, at the grocery store, to our doctors offices!!! It is crazy the shortage of workers….So this may be fictional, but it is true!!!!

    • oneta hayes says:

      All true. My sister and I, and Lisa and the cook. I have made a point to say express more appreciation at the Dollar Tree. I know the employees are not likely to get much pay. Bring back a work ethic to our land – along with many other ethics!

  3. It’s a new way of life since the pandemic. We wiated 20 minutes before waitress
    could even say, Hi. We’ve been adding more tips because they work so hard.
    Timely write, Oneta. Have a wonderful weekend …
    Isadora 😎

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you for the comment. We have really taken so much for granted, haven’t we? I consider myself pretty much of a workaholic but I don’t know that I would do so if Big Gov will pay me as much or more to watch tv. Thanks to those who care!

  4. floridaborne says:

    I, too, am very thankful there are people who still have the ethics to work.

    People these days seem to want free housing and free money. I am 71 and still working. I see many people over 60 working. Where I work, people in their 20’s and 30’s apply, find out that they have to work for their money, and then quit. It costs hundreds of dollars to “show them the ropes” just to have a person leave the company in a month. It is disturbing.

  5. draliman says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of people not working. It’s good to show your appreciation for those who are with a nice tip 🙂

  6. James McEwan says:

    That was a very nice tip and I am sure appreciated gesture. I wonder if the wages were worth it for those who did work there, perhaps a holiday bonus may encourage them.

  7. Liz Young says:

    Too many people have become complacent – their employers will soon be looking for people who want to work!

  8. GHLearner says:

    Why should they want to work in such places if they have to rely on tips? Pay them a living wage, give them some benefits and they will work.

    • oneta hayes says:

      That’s easy to say, but believe me, it is not all that easy to keep a business afloat. We just decided this morning about having to not take a job because of the cost of liability insurance. Got to try out both sides of this employee/employer situation before giving too much advice.

  9. Laurie Bell says:

    Poor Lisa. What a dreadful shift. Even if the patrons are easy going she must be exhausted. Nicely done.

  10. jillyfunnell says:

    I’m shocked at that percentage of people not working in December. Work fulfils so much more than earning the vital pay check. Without my long history of jobs I would never have met hundreds of wonderful, characterful people, a handful of whom became lifelong friends.

    • oneta hayes says:

      So true! Life enduring kinds of friendships. I want out of this house to smile at someone and to receive a returned smile. Doesn’t leave me likely to be wearing a mask, huh? I’m not sure yet how I will handle that. In my opinion masks are cruel. I don’t know how much I will go with them.

  11. msjadeli says:

    Not only working, but risking death by working. I’m glad the patron was kind to the workers and that the patron was hopefully wearing their mask.

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