Waitress Asks Restaurant Patrons to Wear Mask, So They Write ‘MASK’ On Tip Line
Jamie Ledwith, a server at John Henry’s Pub in Ardmore, Pennsylvania had to ask a customer to put a mask on - even though there were plenty of signs explaining the restaurant's - but she was surprised when she saw how much they tipped her after the meal was done.
"When I said, ‘Can you please put your mask on if you’re walking through the bar,’ they were kind of like, they brushed it off their shoulder and they said, ‘Well, you know it’s no big deal, we’re going to sit down anyway,’ " Ledwith told WCAU-TV.
When it came time to settle up, the customer owed $23.50. Typically, you'd expect a tip of $4 or so with that cost.
“I couldn’t even tell you how much I don’t care about the money,” Ledwith told the news station.
The pub has a policy that customers must wear a mask when they're not at their table, as owner Kathy Kearney told NBC.
“As we do with a lot of different customers, as they walk in we ask them to put their masks on or while they’re in and they stand up, we kindly remind them to put their mask back on when they’re moving about,” Kearney told NBC News. “It’s not offensive, it’s not aggressive, it’s a kindly reminder.”
John Henry’s Pub requests customers names and contact information in order to help with contact tracing if the situation arises.
For Ledwith, this has been a blessing in disguise. She's received tips in the mail, through cards under the door, customers pledging to tip 40% next time they're in, and by Venmo.
“It’s been overwhelming,” Ledwith told Philadelphia. “It’s really hard working during COVID. It’s hard to tell people what to do. You try to be nice, but sometimes people are rude and disrespectful anyway. I’m just glad that 99% of them are awesome.”
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