July 26th 2015
Today I owe a lot to a random man.
I served this family at work (waiter – restaurant) and everything was normal, they ate, I took his payment, they left. Half hour later he comes back into the restaurant and tracks me down. He says he went to get his credit card out of his pocket to pay for something in Matalan, and he found the card receipt that I’d given him after taking his payment. “You only charged me 31p” he said, showing me the card receipt that read “£00.31”
He’d noticed that I’d massively undercharged him (his bill was £31.00, I must’ve not put the zeroes somehow) and he came back in to pay the rest.
What an incredible bloke. You see, had he not done that, come the end of the night I would’ve counted all the the card slips during cashing off and realised my mistake, and realised that I was £30 down. And then I would’ve had to pay the difference myself. Because it was my fault that that happened. I’d have to repay the money because it was my mistake that cost the company.
So by him coming in, he saved me £30.
I’d like to think that I would do the same thing in that situation, the honourable thing. Because it’s not like I’m losing anything. The bill he should’ve paid was £31. And that’s what he eventually did pay. He’s not lost anything. But he’s saved me so much. And that’s how I’d look at it.
I’m thankful that there are good, honest, honourable people like him. And I’m thankful that the one time I make this mistake, it was him that I made it with. Because I don’t think most people would’ve come back. I’m lucky that he didn’t drive right home after he left, I’m lucky that he needed his card and found the slip, I’m lucky that he came back, I’m lucky that he was such a good guy.
Maybe the entire human race aren’t all selfish, greedy and horrible people.
Until tomorrow, maybe there are some good ones left.