Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a situation that you ordinarily would feel fine doing? That happens to many people daily, and sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. One evening in Sacramento, California, a waiter waited on a customer who would end up doing something completely unexpected. It was a busy night, and orders needed to get taken, drinks needed to get made, but everything stopped after this moment. Continue reading to find out how this story unravels and learn the astonishing twist that awaits ahead.
Life As A Waitress Gets Funky
If you’ve ever been or currently are a waiter or waitress, then you know this next statement is true. Waiting on tables isn’t an easy job. You have to work long hours, your pay isn’t that high, and sometimes rude customers can ruin your day.
One night in Sacramento, a waiter noticed one customer acting strangely. This man left the restaurant in a rushed manner, but not before leaving a note on the table. After reading it, the waiter rushed out to chase the customer.
Working The Tables On His Own
This odd happening took place on a warm Friday evening. The nice weather brought out a ton of customers to the restaurant, and only one waiter was covering the patio – David Fabila.
Fabila is a hardworking man dedicated to his job, but this night made him feel somewhat overwhelmed. A customer even pointed out that Fabila could have used some assistance to handle the mass amount of people that filed into the diner. He still somehow kept up.
The Single Parent Life
Before we dive right into the story, it’s important to know some background information about Fabila. He’s a 31-year-old dad living in Roseville, California. Roseville is in the Sacramento metropolitan area.
Fabila had two jobs, one as a waiter at House of Oliver wine bar and another strictly to make ends meet. Unfortunately, a lot of parents know that feeling of working two places out of necessity, not desire. Fabila had to provide for his children as best as he could.
Doing Work For Others
The funny thing about this story is that Fabila wasn’t even a waiter. The man was a bartender at House of Oliver, giving the people the spirits they requested with pizazz.
Because it was a busy night he got roped into working as a waiter. House of Oliver was short-staffed, so every employee had to chip in as best as they could. It didn’t take long for the father to become overwhelmed after serving a few customers.
An Exhausting Night For The Dad
Some can keep up with the blind confidence for a short while, but eventually, it wears off. That’s what happened with Fabila after he did an excellent job for a short amount of time.
Thanks to being short on staff, there wasn’t anyone that could help him, and so he had to it by himself. The harsh part is that Fabila had recently finished working his other job, so he was exhausted! The night seemed like it was only going to get worse.
Enter: Steffen Berr
Little did Fabila know, his life was about to change for the better. One customer would end up affecting Fabila’s life remarkably and unexpectedly. Fabila never saw anything like this coming his way.
The customer we’re speaking of is Steffen Berr. Fabila didn’t notice Berr in the restaurant because it was so busy. There was no way that he’d be able to pay attention to or acknowledge Berr, especially since he had to do a job he didn’t usually do.
Dealing With The Unexpected
Fabila worked many years in the service industry up until this point in his life. He found that there were good and bad days, and although this wasn’t his dream job, he knew it was for his family.
Fabila knew this business would have him dealing with many different types of people, and that he had to expect the unexpected. The thing is, Berr was like no one Fabila had ever served before in his life.
Living The Tip Life
Unfortunately, Americans working in the service industry don’t get paid that well. What they depend on is tips, so they have to be as polite and friendly as they can while serving to get proper tips.
Tipping is natural now in American culture. Every waiter, waitress, and bartender can attest to that, as they depend on the extra money a customer provides to them. Fabila was someone who needed as much as he could get, but whether the tips were helpful or not depended on the customer.
Worried About The Wrong Thing…
That night where Fabila had to fill in as a waiter filled him with doubts and worries. He had a lot on his plate, so he worried if he could do the job correctly.
Thoughts of “is he being kind enough, is everyone getting their proper order, and was he leaving an excellent first impression” ran through his mind. Many of the customers had their focus on the food and enjoying the evening. Berr had his sights set on Fabila, watching him like an eagle.
Time For The Bill
A few hours went by, and the place became a little less hectic thanks to many customers leaving for the night. That’s when Berr asked for his bill so he could be on his way as well.
Fabila went to print the check and bring it to Berr, but walked away right after bringing it to serve new customers. Upon returning to Berr’s table, he found that he had left already without notifying his waiter.
This Time Around Was Different
Many times, customers would use their card to pay for the bill, so Fabila would have to bring them the card machine. That wasn’t the case this time around with Berr.
In other cases, people would pay in cash but stick around to wait for their change. Berr didn’t fall into any of those categories as the gentleman departed right after receiving the bill. Once Fabila examined the check closer, he couldn’t believe what he saw.
Splurging On Food
Berr’s bill was nearly $200! It was evident that he didn’t mind how much the food would cost him that night as he splurged on the drinks and eatery.
To be more exact, the bill came out to be $191.39, and he decided to pay by check. The only thing was, the amount Berr left ended up being twice the amount of the original amount. Fabila thought this was a mistake, but he noticed a note written on the bill.
Finding The Note
Shocked, Fabila read the note Berr left behind, and it read: “We’re young, we’re both serving.” Berr left a tip that equaled the same amount of the original bill. Fabila was going to take home a lot of cash that night.
Fabila was quite speechless when it came to the situation. He might’ve needed that money more than others, but he still needed to make sure that it was for him. That’s when he dashed out to look for Berr.
No Mistakes From Berr
Thankfully, it didn’t take long for Fabila to track down Berr. When he found him leaving the restaurant, he asked him why he left such a gracious tip for Fabila.
As it turned out, Berr was only 24-years-old studying at Sacramento State while working an unpaid internship too. That only made the gesture even more incredible. When he heard Fabila ask if it was a mistake, he replied that it hadn’t been one at all.
Empathizing With Fabila
Berr and Fabila began to talk for a bit, and it became apparent why the former left such a generous tip. Berr knew the struggle that Fabila had endured because he was a server too!
When giving an interview to CBS, he revealed that people don’t appreciate the services that waiters provide unless they’ve been in their shoes. Berr also could empathize with Fabila because he knew what it was like to work a busy shift alone.
There Are Still Kind Folks Out There
Berr had no clue about how Fabila lived his life. There was also a popular “Tip the Bill Challenge” going around. That wasn’t the reasoning behind his kind tip either.
Berr was a simple man who enjoyed the service he received from Fabila. He wanted to reward the man who kindly served him with a healthy tip. Fabila’s level of surprise was off the charts because people usually aren’t that kind these days. There are still some good people out there, though.
It Was Time For Celebration
The reasoning behind Berr’s massive bill might make more sense after reading this. He was at the restaurant that night to celebrate finishing his senior year of college with his friends.
For many years Berr worked hard to earn some cash, so he felt it was time to give something back. It’s always nice to see those in better situations help those who may need a hand. Berr saw Fabila working hard, so giving him an extra tip was the least he could do.
Thankful Like No Other
Local news stations wanted to interview Fabila about the fateful night. He used this opportunity to thank Berr for the extreme kindness he showed a fellow hard-working server, and for proving that friendly people still exist.
The two of them had never met once in their lives. Still, Berr decided to lend a helping hand with a large sum of money for the tip. That extra loot could have helped Berr as well, but he wanted Fabila to have it.
Do You Leave Tips?
While it may be something of common knowledge that those who work in the service industry need tips to help buff their low wages, it’s not as common as you might expect.
Some folks don’t leave any amount of tip, let alone how much Berr left behind. An accepted percentage that people should do is 15%-20% of the total amount of the bill. Statistics show that as much as 40% of Americans either do less than that or leave nothing at all.
“Tipped Minimum Wage”
The biggest concern that service workers face is a labor law called “tipped minimum wage.” It’s not a pleasant law, but one that is in play for all the servers out there.
Website minimum-wage.org reports: “California’s normal state minimum wage rate is $12.00 per hour. California labor law allows tipped employees to be paid a lower cash wage than the standard California minimum wage by their employers.” If they were able to make the same money that other workers receive, then the issue wouldn’t be that bad.
Changing The Paradigm
Many feel that that the system isn’t appropriate. They’ve asked for appropriate wages for all those working in the service industry because relying on tips isn’t an ideal way to make any living for yourself.
If things changed, it would mean a more stable and trusted employment structure for millions of folks all over the nation. It would be sensational if this happened because not everyone is as kind as Berr was when it comes to tipping.
Humility Is A Great Trait
We’ve talked thoroughly about how Berr is a kind man who gave his waiter an immaculate tip, and how he’s a stand-up guy for this act of kindness. The thing is, it’s more than just generosity.
Berr was in a comfortable place financially, so he could leave that massive tip that thanked Fabila for all his dedication. While this was an extreme act of kindness, it also showcased a side of humility from Berr that anyone can appreciate.
Learning From Berr
Berr didn’t want any type of credit for what he did. It was a deed he did out of the kindness of his heart. Berr believed that Fabila genuinely deserved that extra $200.
He departed the restaurant so rapidly because he didn’t want any praise. The only reason we know about this story is thanks to Fabila tracking down Berr before he left. What it boils down to is that we can all learn a thing or two from Berr.
Looking For Credit
We hear all the time about how wealthy people take part in generous donations. They’ll donate to various charitable causes multiple times with large amounts. For this, they get praised, as it should be.
The sad part is, not everyone does good deeds out of the kindness of their hearts. Some might donate to make themselves look good in the eyes of others. They might also do it to make themselves feel better or to get some credit.
Have You Heard of Karma?
Some people believe in karma, while others don’t. Karma says that any deed done, whether good or bad, will come back around in some shape or form. That’s why we should always treat people how we want them to treat us.
Some folks don’t even think about karma but do things that will eventually become vital for their futures without even knowing it. Berr didn’t consider karma when he did this; he only wanted to help.
Never Give Up
The most crucial lesson we can take away from this story is never to give up. Fabila had a rough night that evening at the job, but he still carried on like a champ.
While it was apparent that Fabila needed something to lift his spirits, he never expected to receive anything like that from a customer. Imagine if he had left early or told his manager that he needed help. He might not have gotten that extra money! If you’re ever going through something, stay the course, you never know what could happen.