Have you ever lost any respect for someone instantly?
Answered by: Aharon Dobin,Repairs Surveyor at Swan Housing Association
I was on a date with a lady some years back. She had a decent job, came from a good family, and was definitely not broke.
She and I went to a restaurant for dinner. I think it was around 11 p.m. when the bill came and it had a small service charge on top of it. She did not offer to pay, so I paid instead and left the tip. It was fine by me, I wasn't expecting her to pay anyway.
She asked me why I left a tip when the bill already had a 5% service charge. I tried to explain to her that I was experienced in working late hours and it was tough. I think they deserved a tip for working late because I know how it feels.
Before I could finish what I was saying, she went on an embarrassing, demeaning rant.
'What they're doing is quite easy!'
She exclaimed. 'They just wait on customers, clean tables, and serve food. They don't deserve a tip!'
To make the situation worse, her voice was loud enough that the waiter at the next table overheard her. I was so embarrassed that I stormed out. She followed me and wondered why my mood turned sour. She thought it was because she didn't pay the bill, which infuriated me more.
Since that night, I never spoke to that person ever again. I don't have any respect left for her and I might never treat her with any amount of respect ever again.
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat other people who cannot seem to meet their standards."