Shaken Not Stirred

Friday, May 04, 2007

Just Smile

Today I saw something pretty amazing. Well it wasn't so amazing as it was a different side of human nature.

A waiter was carrying a tray of discarded food and drinks and on his way to the disposal area, a cup of water tipped over and spilled all over a nicely dressed woman. Her shirt (or shall I say blouse) and pants were drenched. The waiter watched in horror as the cup slipped off his tray, bounced onto the booth ledge and tipped right onto the woman. He apologized profusely, the manager came running out from nowhere, hands in the air as if surrendering.

This restaurant patron, stood up, started to blot at her soiled garments and then smiled. She placed her hand on the shoulder of the waiter and said "Accidents happen".

The befuddled waiter said again, "I'm so sorry".

The woman then said, "You already said that...and I already accepted".

After a troop of waiters and waitresses cleared her booth and brought out a new sandwich, the woman sat back down and continued her conversation with her friend. She then called over the waiting in the wings manager and said to him that no disciplinary actions should be taken against the waiter--that it was clearly an accident.

And although no bill was presented to her, she still walked to the cash register asked how much she owed and left a tip for her waiter.

This sign of human compassion will definitely make my weekend!

Have a great weekend everyone!!


  • People like that woman give me hope for mankind.

    By Blogger -Papa, at 2:38 PM  

  • Wowie--God bless America:-) Nice. Another "shaken not stirred" moment!

    By Blogger The Egg, at 4:52 PM  

  • That is quite impressive.

    By Blogger Rocketstar, at 10:05 PM  

  • It shouldn't be impressive. It should be the right thing to do.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 12:12 AM  

  • The woman must have been a waitress at some point in her life.

    By Anonymous whatigotsofar, at 7:02 AM  

  • unfortunately stuff like that IS impressive. i agree, it shoudlnt be. but having worked as a waitress and that happening one time and it being a BAD experience, hearing this story DOES make you smile.

    By Blogger brookem, at 12:03 PM  

  • Good to see that there are still a few good people out there.

    By Blogger Big Ben, at 6:04 PM  

  • It seems like this was a rare woman of grace.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 6:58 PM  

  • Thanks for sharing. We usually just point out the outrageous response, so it's nice to be reminded of how many decent people exist.

    By Blogger Ally, at 11:57 PM  

  • It's nice to see someone with the right priorities in life. I've seen people get wicked bent out of shape over much less.

    By Blogger Edmund Dantes, at 4:28 AM  

  • Gosh, I am such a quick shooter. A reaction worth replicating...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:19 PM  

  • aaron, impressive in the sense that I don't think it happens much anymore, not that it shouldn't.

    By Blogger Rocketstar, at 1:24 PM  

  • I love seeing things like this!
    Gives renewed faith, doesn't it.

    Have a great week!
    What are your seven?

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 5:15 PM  

  • Wow..that was out of the ordinary!

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 5:46 PM  

  • Ok, that def was not in NYC!!!

    Actually, it could have been. People here are really nice.

    By Blogger Silly Billy, at 8:15 PM  

  • Wow, what an amazing woman. I don't imagine many people would react like that. Good on her !!
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 9:43 PM  

  • I love it and I could hear a millioo more stories like it...

    By Blogger Princess Extraordinaire, at 9:24 AM  

  • As she said; Accidents do happen. But it is nice to see she didn't make a mountain out of a molehill, as so many people do.

    Would the waiter have been reprimanded or fired for spilling water on hte customer? Seems a bit extreme for an unbalanced tray.

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 12:06 PM  

  • If people would take the time to think before react and maybe there would be more people like this polite lady.

    By Blogger Nutz On A Roll, at 4:07 PM  

  • this makes my heart happy :)

    i would do the same as that lady. i hope anyway!


    By Blogger mollymcmo, at 10:47 PM  

  • Good woman. If only more people were like that.

    What a pity you didn't have a video camera running, just think of all that TV show prize money.

    By Blogger rob, at 11:11 PM  

  • I LOVE hearing things like that. It gives me hope that there are still kind, compassionate people out there!

    By Blogger KatieBelle, at 1:05 AM  

  • Loved that!

    By Blogger brandy, at 1:45 AM  

  • pnjfunny thing...
    last sunday i was at a restaurant and the waiter dropped a hot dish with hot oil and spinach on my cashmere sweater and favorite pants... as well as my black bag and vintage pink coat...
    the oil won't come off my pants and it actually burned my arm as well...
    the guy barely apologized and there was nothing done to my bill... my friends were furious that they didn't even offer to pay for the cleaning... i left without saying anything, cuz i didn't know what to say, but i came home and took a hot shower and thought to myself that i've become a real push-over....

    By Anonymous anne, at 12:34 PM  

  • Wouldn't it be nice if we could all be so understanding and thoughtful?

    By Blogger Mr. Shife, at 4:43 PM  

  • its reassuring to know that there are people out there that still have compassion and won't cry over split milk, etc.

    the patron really handled herself well and was very understaning that it was an accident.

    she should be "customer of the month" if they ever gave out those awards.

    By Blogger Trixie, at 5:42 PM  

  • i would have broken his neck.

    By Blogger cher, at 7:41 PM  

  • so glad i stumbled upon your post! what a great example this woman showed.

    By Blogger acaligurl, at 8:16 PM  

  • That's a rare thing indeed. Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 10:19 PM  

  • This is heartening to read about. Thanks for sharing.:-)

    By Anonymous timelessboulevard, at 12:34 AM  

  • That was very big of her to take it and not get mad. Very commendable of her.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 9:10 AM  

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