Kindness Matters

Roxy, our wonderful waitress

I’ve always believed in the simple idea that one act of kindness can affect someone else.  The “pay it forward” philosophy makes the world a gentler and kinder place.  When my friend and former coworker, Angie Cossolotto, started a Facebook Group called Kindness Matters a couple of years ago, it sounded exactly like the type of thing I’d be interested in.

Each month the people in the group are tasked with a specific act involving kindness.  I just completed this month’s challenge, and as always, I feel good about bringing some cheer to someone else’s life.  When you have good role models, as I did with my parents, it doesn’t feel like I’m doing anything extraordinary.

I blogged about this once before with the coffee challenge to pay for the next customer’s drink. https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/random-acts-of-kindness/ I forget who told me, but I read that this challenge took place somewhere and was so successful it started a chain reaction that lasted for hours with people buying the following driver’s coffee.  It even extended into the next day.  Wow!  Would you want to be the person who ends that?  What a real-life example of how kindness spreads!

The challenge this month was called “Tip the Bill.”  We were to pick a waiter or waitress and leave a tip equal to the bill.  Since the standard rate is around 20%, a larger than average tip would likely get the server’s attention. I never was a waiter/waitress (I’m not counting those glorious years at KFC), but I’ve been a customer plenty of times and have witnessed first-hand how difficult some customers can be.

In any service industry, the things I look for most in an employee are friendliness, efficiency, and respect.  As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew who I wanted to recognize. 

My wife and I enjoying breakfast today on a beautiful day at Cafe Marina.

This is Roxy—a waitress at Café Marina in Eureka, California.  She has waited on us many times and is consistently cheerful and hard-working. Roxy is the perfect waitress because she engages in friendly conversation, keeps our coffee cups filled, and yet respects our privacy.  She is a genuinely thoughtful person—not someone acting in hopes of getting a bigger tip.  I don’t know anything about her personal life.  It’s not my place to ask.  All I know is we’re happy every time she is our server.  She was a good sport and touched when I told her I wanted to write a story about her today. 

Roxy at the marina on Humboldt Bay.

I think most people have empathy for local businesses and the challenges that COVID has presented them.  It’s tough enough to stay afloat and make a profit, let alone during a pandemic.

I would be remiss if I didn’t add a comment to my fellow diners.  Your waiter/waitress is a person who is doing a difficult job, sometimes in trying circumstances, waiting on demanding customers.  Cut them a break, be friendly in return, and leave a generous tip when they deserve it.  Not only will you be helping someone else out, but you’ll also feel good about yourself.     

So, here’s to Roxy and all of the waiters/waitresses like her, who make eating out a pleasant experience. Kindness does matter.

108 thoughts on “Kindness Matters

  1. Thank you for the heartwarming post at the end of a very rough day. Your timing is impeccable!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 7:39 pm

      Sorry about the rough day, Liz. I hope things are better tomorrow. I like groups that promote positivity. For all of the bad things that happen globally, I think the good far outweighs the not-so-good.

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  2. I worked my way through college as a waiter and I can say no-one ever tipped the bill. Good for you, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 7:42 pm

      I think it’s a rather new trend. It seems like there is a day for everything under the sun. Perhaps there should be a day to celebrate our waiters/waitresses, maids, etc. I know Labor Days honors workers, but maybe it’s time to get more specific.

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      1. You could lead a movement. 😁

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  3. What a lovely gesture Pete. I waitressed for about a year while in my late teens and found it to be for the most part, a pretty thankless job. While I’ve never thought to tip the bill (now I will), my husband and I usually tip between 30% and 35%. We haven’t been to an indoor restaurant since the pandemic began, but the next time we do I’ll remember your heartwarming post.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 7:45 pm

      I can’t take any credit for the idea, but it made me feel good. The waitress had to decide if I was some kind of nutty guy when I told her I wanted to take her picture and write a story about her. 🤣 She seemed genuinely touched.

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  4. Well that makes the math easy. 😄 That is the hardest part of tipping for me. Way to go for spreading a little kindness and cheer!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 7:48 pm

      Right! Of course, now our phones will do that for us too. Perhaps we’re creating a generation of people who will rely exclusively on technology. I used to teach a whole unit on mapping to my 5th and 6th graders. As time goes by, there is less relevance to some of those old skills. I still think there’s a place for it.

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  5. You are also a rock star, Pete! What a lovely gesture, and this group sounds amazing!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 7:50 pm

      I’m not the rock star—just one of the adoring fans of things like this. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the smile behind her mask when I told her what I was up to. She couldn’t believe anybody wanted to take her picture.

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  6. Wonderful idea. I hope it is contagious.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 7:53 pm

      The reverse can happen too. When we deal with somebody acting like a jerk, it can put us in a crappy mood. My wife told me a story of how the worker in the post office went the extra mile to help her mail a package today. We do notice those gestures of kindness when they happen.

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  7. What a wonderful act of kindness, Pete. I agree that kindness is contagious. I hope that your idea spreads far and wide.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 8:16 pm

      I didn’t come up with the idea for this, but I can support anything that promotes kindness. The group’s moderator tells us at the start of each month what the new challenge will be.

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  8. I’m sure you brightened her day, Pete! Most servers work for a minimum wage and count on tips (which they split with the kitchen) to pay for groceries, bills, even rent. For their efforts, they get sore feet, stress headaches, carpal tunnel, and tough clients. But it’s the customers, like you, that make it all worthwhile ❤

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 8:53 pm

      You sound like you’re speaking from experience, Jacquie. My wife was a waitress when she was going to college. I’m sure there are nightmare customers in most businesses and ones that make it all worth it. I felt that way with some of the children’s parents/guardians I dealt with as a teacher. Most parents are so supportive, but there are a few…

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      1. I was a waitress for many years, and then ended up owning the café I worked in as a teen!

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      2. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 11:26 am

        I know you write fiction, but the first thought that popped into my head is perhaps you have a memoir on your hands. Have you ever considered writing about this because I think a lot of readers would find this fascinating? I know I would. I seem to be making an assumption that you never have. Anyway, food for thought.

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      3. Thank you, Pete. It’s a good idea, I’ll have to think about it 🙂
        Happy Easter!

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  9. I love this so much!! ❤️❤️❤️ Whenever someone does the least bit kind thing to/for me I’m always overwhelmed with gratitude bc I know they recognize how little it can take to make someone else’s day/to cheer them up/make them smile. And to know that there are still wonderful people like you out there, it gives us all a bit more faith in humanity (especially in these times)! ☺️

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    1. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 9:22 pm

      Thanks, BB. I think this falls into the category of “it’s the thought that counts.” We all like to be appreciated, and while this is only a small gesture, I could tell by her reaction that it meant a lot to her. That, as they say, was worth the price of admission.

      It reminds me that in a marriage, it is the little surprises that often mean the most. Anyone can give out flowers or chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but it is the little unexpected gestures that can mean the most. Didn’t you blog about something like this? Your hubby fixing the toilet? Don’t tell me I just dreamed that up.

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      1. Yea he cleaned up the toilet that he clogged LOL but I totally know what you mean 😊

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      2. petespringerauthor March 30, 2021 — 10:00 pm

        At least his mama taught him well to clean up after he makes a mess.😊

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  10. You have such a kind heart! Wonderful post and cheers for passing on kindness.
    I was a waitress way back in my 20’s and you are right it can be very tiring with some customers that you havs to deal with! I am pleased to say that I have more happy memories of great customers than I do of bad ones!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:12 am

      It has a lot to do with my upbringing. My mom was the most kind-hearted person I’ve ever known. One quality I appreciated in my dad was that he taught me the value of money. He was extremely thrifty; there was no waste in our home. He started recycling long before others. At the same time, he was incredibly generous to the less fortunate.

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      1. Wonderful parents that teach us important values like that are a big blessing! ❤

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  11. We have a relative who supported her family through three kids as a waitress. I always tip well when we eat out, unless the server is a total jerk. 😉

    You’re a great guy, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:32 am

      I’m always amazed at how they keep track of it all. This gal was waiting on about seven tables outside. She was running around being incredibly efficient, and then this bozo wants her to stop so he can take her picture. I know that she was touched, but I wonder if there was part of her that thought, “The things I have to put up with at work.” 🤣
      Great story about your relative. To me, there is nothing more heroic than situations like that.

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      1. Ha! Knowing you, she probably thinks you’re a nice bozo.

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  12. That looks a lovely place to be. People in the service industry deserve more credit. They might be making someone’s day… perhaps they are tired or things are not good at home, but the ones who are always cheerful and do their job properly are real stars.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:35 am

      Like any profession, there are some great at their job and others who are not. That doesn’t give customers the right to act like a jerk. If I get a bad waiter/waitress, I still tip (usually less) as I try to consider that perhaps they are just having a bad day.

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  13. Kindness does matter, and is always well remembered. I ordered something over the telephone many years ago, I had a hacking cough and had to apologise several times. When my order arrived, there was a packet of cough sweets inside the parcel too!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:40 am

      What a sweet gesture. One of my favorite stories to tell in that same vein has to do with one of our regular delivery drivers. We live in a fairly isolated area, and our dogs are often outside. When a driver comes up, the dogs (they’re extremely friendly) climb into the truck. I’m sure the drivers probably get this a lot, but one guy is especially friendly with them. One day we came home (the dogs were in their pen), and there was a package on our porch with two dog biscuits on top.😎

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      1. Does the heart good, doesn’t it, Pete?

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  14. I am so glad you shared this story Pete. Not only is it uplifting and restorative, but the sharing here will certainly move others to their own act of kindness. And what could be better than that? Well written, my friend!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:42 am

      Yes, that was part of my motivation for sharing it. It would make my day to know that someone else performed their own act of kindness. Thanks for your regular support, Brad.

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  15. Wonderful. Such a great story Pete. Kindness should be what makes the world go around.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:43 am

      It seems like a no-brainer to me, Peggy. It takes zero effort to be kind.

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      1. Y0u are totally right – takes zero effort to be kind.

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  16. What a wonderful thing to do for Roxy, Pete. You made her day for sure.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:46 am

      I hope so. People that consistently do their job well need to be recognized.

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  17. I love the idea of your group, Pete. and I love this particular initiative as I was a waitress, bartender, caterer, through my 6 years of college, while single mothering and after, often with multiple jobs, and so appreciate that you understand how much a service worker would benefit in every way from such a kind gesture.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:50 am

      What a great example for your kids! What better role model can there be than their mother? I used to look at some of my full-time working parents and admire their heroic deeds. Some had two jobs and were coaching their kid’s soccer team.

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      1. you somehow just find a way )

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  18. This is a lovely idea, and it’s good that you had such a deserving candidate for it. I did a little bit of waiting in my student days and even the friendliest regular never tipped me anything like this!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:53 am

      It’s obviously not something we can do each time, but I think it seems to be catching on more. I’ve often read about celebrities leaving some staggering tips. I’m a sucker for stories like that as I like to see them giving back.

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      1. It’s a good thing to do. As long as the celebs’ motives are good, it’s fine by me too.

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      2. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:16 am

        Good point! Sometimes their motives are not so pure.

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  19. That’s lovely, Pete. So thoughtful, and your tip would have been very helpful to Roxy. Would she have received the entire tip, or would it have been shared with others? We don’t tip in Australia. It’s quite a foreign idea to me.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 6:58 am

      I’m no expert about this, but my impression is the tips may be shared between the cooks, waiters/waitresses, and busboys. It would be interesting to learn if this is a uniquely American concept. The notion of not tipping is foreign to me. Perhaps your servers are paid better as I think many of ours receive minimum wage. They count on those tips to help pay the bills.

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      1. Tipping was a thing when I was in the UK too, I think. I thought the tips might be shared. In some ones that may be fair. In other ways not. I think our servers are supposed to be paid more fairly here and not need to rely on tips. They are probably not overly paid though.
        You would find not tipping strange. I found tipping strange when I visited the UK and the US. I think in the US tax is added on to the bill after as well, isn’t it? When we see a price on a menu here, that’s all we have to pay. Everything is included. No hidden extras.

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      2. petespringerauthor April 1, 2021 — 8:31 am

        There are a lot of oddities about American culture. There should be a consistent protocol about tipping, but there’s not. Sometimes it states right on the bill, gratuity included. Other times, the tip is not included. Sometimes you’re not sure and have to ask. I have a feeling the confusion ends up causing double tipping situations at times. People may assume the tip has not been included when it actually has and then tip again. If you’re confused, I can understand why. It’s a crazy system.

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      3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds it confusing. Thanks for clarifying as you have. Maybe one day I’ll get to visit the States again.

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  20. What a wonderful idea!! When one does these acts of kindness it is win-win because you feel good for doing it. I’m sure you made her day.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:00 am

      Absolutely! I know it makes me feel good to see others feeling good. I used to help out one of the other teachers in my school with her children’s choir. Around the holidays, she would take the students around to care homes to sing. I felt that same good feeling inside then, too.

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  21. What a wonderful idea and an uplifting post. We all need bright spots in our lives, and this is a perfect example. Lovely, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:04 am

      Don’t you think these things start to take a life of their own, Mae? I referenced the story I heard about the chain of people buying each other coffee.

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      1. I remember hearing about the coffee chain, Pete. Inspiring!

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  22. What a wonderful thing to do, Pete. Somehow, I think this is your way. This post did brighten my day.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:06 am

      I’m not trying to make this about me or even karma. It’s more about the notion that it can have a far-reaching effect when we spread a little kindness.

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  23. This is a heart warming article, Pete. My husband and I are both generous tippers and ever since the pandemic started my husband has been leaving very large tips. We don’t eat out very often at the moment, but when we do, he makes up for the missed times.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:18 am

      My wife has been paying our monthly dues at our gym, even though we haven’t been going in the last year. They’ve been good to us over the years, and it’s her way of saying thank you.

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      1. That is very nice of her.

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      2. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:36 am

        She’s thoughtful that way. We like to tease each other and say, “I think I’m going to have to keep you around.”🤣

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  24. What a beautiful act of kindness, Pete! This post warmed my heart!

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 1:31 pm

      There’s plenty of nonsense and garbage on Facebook, but this is one of the more useful things. I also have reconnected with old students through Facebook, so it’s not all bad.

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  25. what a great idea, Pete! How kind of you to recognize Roxy. I am sure she appreciated it (and that looks like a great place to eat as well).

    Do you have link for that Facebook group?

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 3:28 pm

      The idea was to tip whatever the bill was. Since we were having breakfast, it wasn’t that steep. (Check the last photo) I told her that I chose her because she is always such a great waitress when we come there. Then, when I told her I was completing a Facebook challenge and wanted to take her picture and write an article about her, she had a funny look on her face (at least her eyes told me that) as if to say, “Is this real, or are you some kind of nut?”
      Here’s the link to the Facebook group: Love to have you join. It’s a small group—I’m not the moderator. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2871991762832015

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      1. thanks for the link. and did you answer in the affirmative to both parts of her question? 🙂

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      2. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:57 pm

        Having my wife along assured her that I wasn’t some nutjob trying to pick her up. I’m sure that’s another thing waiters/waitresses probably have to deal with.

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      3. Maybe you should take your wife everywhere you go 🙂

        I was never cool enough to flirt with a waitress…

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  26. What a beautiful thing to do, Pete… Kindness is a beautiful thing that all those beautiful people in our lives can use more of! ❤

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 3:29 pm

      When Angie started this group, I knew I had to join. Many of the challenges are fun, and I always feel good when I complete one.

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  27. My husband was a waiter in college and after. Tips are a big deal. Glad you shared this.

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    1. petespringerauthor March 31, 2021 — 7:42 pm

      It’s a cool way to thank a group of people who typically get a lot of grief.

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  28. Pete…How lovely you have cheered me up no end such a lovely gesture and you are absolutely correct we should all be kinder to each other 🙂 x

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2021 — 8:38 am

      I know I’m not telling anyone something that isn’t already common knowledge, but it is neat to see it in action. The April challenge is going to help out a local animal shelter either by volunteering or donating.

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      1. I am guessing you will be helping out… 😀 x

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  29. Oh how I love this post. Three cheers to you and your wife and all those who pass kindness along. I’ve always added 20% as tip, but now that people pick up take-out food instead of eating in, many don’t tip. Yet the food workers are still working hard! I hope more people realize that tips are needed whether you sit in the cafe/restaurant or pick up your food.
    Before “non-stop” toll booths, when I lived in the Bay Area I went over the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin to S.F. and stopped to pay the booth attendant (seems forever ago, but wasn’t that long a time when we saw/talked to a real person and gave them our toll money. Anyway, she said, “No, you don’t owe a thing. The car before yours paid for your toll.” Well, that just made my day. Funny how a little thing like that really makes you feel good. The next time I went through the GG Bridge, I paid for the car behind me. Huh, THAT made me feel just as good!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2021 — 4:03 pm

      Great point about the take-out workers, They need some thanks too.

      We live five hours north of San Francisco, so I’ve been over the Golden Gate Bridge many times. While it’s quicker and more efficient to get across now, I miss seeing the people in the toll booth.

      On a side note, my wife’s uncle used to be a painter on the bridge. It’s probably not that surprising, but he used to tell us the crew would start at one end of the bridge and work their way across. By the time they made it to the end, it was time to start repainting from the beginning—the never-ending job.

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      1. I’ve heard that about the painting of the GG Bridge but didn’t quite believe it… until now. What a job, huh? The weather on the Bridge is so variable and COLD and foggy and windy. I lived in Marin for years and had never walked across the Bridge. Finally did it a few years ago and the noise/wind/cold made me decide that was my last time. 🙂

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  30. I love everything about this story, Pete. You may have heard BC (British Columbia) mantra this past year is “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe.” I wholeheartedly agree with “…bringing some cheer to someone else’s life.” Roxy is a great example of a ‘front end worker’ who is genuinely thoughtful and wonderful at her job. I love the photos you included in this post. And I agree, “Kindness does matter.”

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2021 — 7:15 pm

      BC has it right. I like the whole message of kindness, calmness, and safety. One of the main thoughts I’m left with is that kindness shouldn’t just be something to recognize one day. In America, we have these days that are more symbolic in nature to recognize and remember the past (Memorial Day to recall those who died in the line of service), (Labor Day to celebrate our workers), (Thanksgiving so that we think about all of or blessings). It’s great that we do that, but shouldn’t we be doing this 365 days a year?

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      1. I totally agree with you about kindness, Pete. Unfortunately, BC does not have it right when it comes to numbers…. highest numbers, huge restrictions, closing down many businesses…calling it a circuit breaker lockdown………Kindness always makes a difference. 🙂

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      2. petespringerauthor April 1, 2021 — 8:09 pm

        America was the poster child of what not to do. In some areas of the country, we still are not getting it right. That’s what is so frustrating for those trying to follow the doctors’ and scientists’ advice. My wife got the Johnson and Johnson one dose shot last Saturday, so she is done. I’m getting my first (Moderna, I think) vaccination tomorrow and then I wait four weeks and get the next one. Best wishes to you and your family, Erica.

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      3. Great news, Pete! Happy Easter!

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  31. Kindness is so easy, Pete. And you set a great example. Paying it forward is a great way to spread cheer and I, for one, believe that what goes around comes around. As a waitress for many many years, I say THANK YOU! Your generosity can make a whole day wonderful. Well done.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2021 — 8:12 am

      I’ve only been part of the blogging community for two years, but one observation is I haven’t seen any of the usual snarkiness we see on most social media. I’m sure it exists, but it seems to rarely occur. Maybe that means people tend to be more educated here, or I just hang out with kind and considerate folks. Thanks for being part of that community, Diana.

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      1. I think I’ve gotten two snarky comments in 8 years, Pete. I wonder if its because blogging in general takes time to write and read, versus facebook or twitter where reactions can be shot off in seconds. Who know. I’m just happy that it’s a sweet and friendly place. 🙂

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  32. Here’s to Roxy and also to you, Pete. Yes, kindness matters!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2021 — 8:34 am

      Pay it forward so that the world can be a kinder and gentler place. Isn’t that what we want to see from our students too? Take the lessons that we’re trying to teach them and pass these same ideals on to others.

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      1. Hear, hear! Yes, that’s exactly what we’re trying to do and pass on to our students.

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  33. I second the earlier comment about being sure to tip carry out servers and delivery people. They must often be overlooked since they seem especially thankful when we give them tips.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 3, 2021 — 8:42 am

      That was an excellent point. They need to be appreciated, too, since they are performing an invaluable service.

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  34. Good post Pete, and a nice reminder that we can all do something to help people’s day along. This can be something as easy as flashing someone out of a junction when we are driving, or just saying hi as we pass somebody when walking. In recently thanked a police officer for help and she replied ‘thanks, no-one ever says that, you’ve made my day.” Who knew? It made my day as well as hers!

    Paul

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:48 am

      The reward of knowing you’ve made someone’s day better is a powerful motivator for me. Nice story about the police officer. As with any profession, some cops do their job badly. The good ones can’t be responsible for the actions of those who aren’t. It bothers me that in any profession, people are lumped together under one giant umbrella.

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  35. What a generous gesture from you and your lovely wife, Pete – I think you’re both rock stars as well. Toni

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:51 am

      Certain professions get a lot of grief and need to get some kudos for what they do. Even though her mask covered most of her face, her eyes told me it was the gesture of thanks that meant more to her than the money.

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  36. I would love to have you as a customer, Pete, when I was a waitress during the years I studied for my first master’s degree in Portland, OR. I worked on weekends and worked until midnight. One time, I waited on a gentleman who tips me $5. That was the most I got for a one-person party. Another time I had a party of 10 or 12, individual persons left tips as they left the table. I said “good night” to them, but at the corner of my eyes, I saw one person who was leaving at the end picked up the tips from the table and put them in his/her pocket.

    There were many people who were kind and helpful to me throughout the last 40 years. Yes, I can never pay them back. The only comfort I have is trying my best to pay it forward. Thank you for this wonderful post.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 13, 2021 — 10:45 pm

      A person has to be a pretty miserable stooge to steal tips. I don’t know if I believe in karma, but hopefully you will get paid back in some other way. Waitressing is hard work for not much pay. Those tips come in handy.

      I know paying it forward makes me feel good, and hopefully it influences somebody else to respond in kind.

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      1. I know, Pete. Perhaps that person needed more than I. We’re blessed with plentiful. We’re now a good tipper.

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  37. Thanks for the heartwarming post

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    1. petespringerauthor April 29, 2021 — 5:44 am

      My pleasure. Thanks for dropping in.

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