As as highly sensitive person, I sometimes wonder if I get overly upset over the insensitivity of other people. Or perhaps I’m being perfectly reasonable. It’s hard to say! Recently, a friend of mine, who is a very conscientious and hard worker, was telling me about the tips he received while working in the food service industry.
He said he wasn’t sure which was worse for him at work, the grapefruit-sized cramp in his left calf or the small tips he was getting. His examples included $1.50 on $33, $1 on $51, and $4 on $56.
I was shocked and outraged to hear that people would treat their server that way, especially one who treats his customers as well as my friend! I am someone who works hard and values hard work in others. If I receive satisfactory service from a server, I will always leave a good tip.
I asked my friend if he thought these people lacked common sense, or if they just didn’t care. He replied that he thought these people felt they were doing the right thing. I thought that my friend was being too generous in his opinion of these people, and I’m sure I was far more angry than he was!
It really bothered me that these people were either too insensitive or too stupid to know what the right thing was! Serving the public in a restaurant setting is difficult on a physical and emotional level. The servers deserve our respect and monetary consideration!
What do you think? Did my friend’s customers show a lack of common sense, or were they insensitive? Am I being too judgmental of others? Am I being “too sensitive” about this? Do you find yourself getting upset, perhaps overly so, about the insensitivity of others? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
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