Showing appreciation to those who serve

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Typically when we think of an underappreciated jobs, emergency responders come to mind first. 

But there are so many jobs out there where people put up with a lot of unnecessary stress for very little pay.

Next on that list would be teachers.

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That’s for good reason. Teachers do provide a valuable service to the community in which they serve. And while they get all of the holidays off and a summer vacation to boot, during the school year they have a very busy schedule of meeting state standards, creating curriculum and the biggest challenge of all, maintaining their sanity while dealing with unruly students in their class.

There are other people you may encounter daily, but may be unaware of how tough their job is.

Tops on that list are those who work for tips.

You may think your favorite waitress has an easy job, and that they make tons of money. Well, they don’t.

Waitresses typically make less than minimum wage and therefore rely on tips to make ends meet. While you are supplementing their pay, it doesn’t give anyone the right to treat them unfairly.

Before you give your next waitress a hard time for a forgotten item or bungled order, remember, they have to deal with large numbers of customers daily, many of which are dissatisfied.

And keep in mind, some people aren’t very nice when they are hungry.

Those Snickers commercials are based on a bit of fact.

So, even if you don’t feel you got the best of service during your next outing to your favorite restaurant, don’t forget to tip the wait staff.