Saturday, January 28, 2017

Waitress gets $450 tip for treating her customers decently

Even in our adversarial political climate, decency and generosity live on.

During the Trump inauguration, Rosalind Harris was working her part-time waitress job at Busboys and Poets, a DC cafe known for attracting political activists. Jason White, a Trump supporter from Lubbock Texas, attended the inauguration and stopped in the cafe with some friends for lunch before their flights home.

The friends looked around them - the cafe's walls decorated with pictures of famous black leaders, fellow patrons in Women's March T-shirts. One of White's friends was wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat, and they started 'getting looks' from the other patrons. The hat was tucked away.

That's when a smiling Harris came up to their table. She chatted with the men, talking about Southern food and favorite menu items. White, a dentist, complimented Harris' lovely smile. The men relaxed and enjoyed their lunch.

After the men left the cafe, Harris looked at the receipt. White had left her a $450 tip and a note: "We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like you, beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race, not gender, just American. God bless!"

Kudos to both Harris and White for the ability to look past their differences and see commonalities. That's where decency begins.

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