a good samaritan stiffer

This morning I went to Daily Rush (soon to be D’Lish) for a morning coffee date. After dropping a friend at the airport, I was an hour early. A perfect opportunity to have some breakfast so that I wouldn’t be talking with my mouth full of food.

It’s crude and it’s lewd to talk with your mouth full of food. Why, even the milk cow who moo’d as she chewed never talked with her mouth full of food and the cuckoo would never have ever cuckoo’d if he coo’d with his mouth full of food.*

So I ordered a breakfast sandwich with bacon and a double syrup black cherry mocha. I ordered my food from the bar, which is the only place to order food other than the drive-thru. I sat down. My order was brought out to me. I ate. It was tasty. And I drank. Also tasty. I did stuff on the interwebz. I met my coffee date. He talked. I talked. We talked. We both had other meetings. We said our goodbyes. I left.

An hour and a half later, it hits me: I didn’t pay. I ordered my breakfast sandwich and coffee at the bar, but was not rung up. I was not given any sort of check in the two+ hours I was there. And when I left, I was already running a tad late for my next meeting.

Suddenly I’m feeling pretty guilty. I was in the food service industry once and I know from experience that walkouts suck. Besides, I go to local coffee shops like Daily Rush to support them. I don’t think stiffing them is a very effective way of supporting them. I considered driving back to Daily Rush to pay them. I think about gas. I think about my financial pinch. I think about just forgetting about it and carrying on merrily with my day. Saved gas + saved money = … well in truth, not much except prolonged agony given my pinch is being applied by a vice grip. Prolonged agony is postponed certain death. But remember the part about supporting local coffee shops?

Long story short… err… shortened…, I called Daily Rush, told them what happened, and asked them to charge my credit card. The gentleman who answered the phone seemed very confused by my request. I’d guess they get very few walkouts. And even fewer who call back asking to be charged.

* Coffee date for the first person to correctly guess the author.

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  1. #1 by Ted Cook on December 2, 2008 - 9:00 pm

    Shel Silverstein

  2. #2 by Temple Stark on December 2, 2008 - 10:27 pm

    But you give away those coffee dates so freely 😉 j/k

    It seems obvious who it is, so that must mean I’m wrong – and you did the right thing by paying, ya little stiffer!

  3. #3 by Chris Lee ccl1111 on December 2, 2008 - 10:34 pm

    Nice. Went with the good karma option but smart. Doing the right thing always comes back to you.

  4. #4 by tankilo on December 2, 2008 - 10:55 pm

    w00t! As I was reading I though “just call em and work it out” and that’s what you did, grats!

    Just “by the way”. Gas is cheaper than it has been in like 3 years. The day after Hurricane Katrina in Lubbock TX it went from $2.50 to $3.00
    Today on Cave Creek and the 101 it was at $1.79
    Thank you big oil!

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