Today’s Drive-Thru item is a special combo meal. A little bitter and a little sweet because after all, “without the bitter, the sweet ain’t as sweet”. So I have prepared a two course meal. Something that has some gravity to it and will definitely tug at your heartstrings followed by a pudding pack that will restore your faith in humanity. A full dose of heart, from I Heart Kevin.

Let’s begin, course 1: “The Bitter”

Every decision we make carries an enormous weight. Even the ones that seem meaningless. On a day just like any other, Kim Kalish makes the conscious decision to miss the school bus. Little did she know, this would be a decision she’d remember for the rest of her life.

Course 2: “The Sweet”

I personally (me, Kevin) have never had to work a job where I depended on tips for a living but I can imagine how frustrating it can be when people are stingy on the tip. Recently, Imgur user @Seminole served a group of 13-year-olds that were celebrating their homecoming. The group had never eaten at a restaurant without their parents and were unsure how the process worked. “Seminole” politely helped them and even split the check when it came time to pay.

After all that work, what he didn’t expect was only getting $3.28 as a tip.

With in days, the kids returned and gave “Seminole” the following note:

The note read:

“Dear Mr. Waiter [name omitted]

About a week and a half ago, on October 7, my friends and I came to eat at this restaurant as our own homecoming celebration. It was an exciting experience for us to be here alone, and it was new to us and you were the best waiter we could ask for. You were kind, helpful accommodating, didn’t treat us like babies, and were even able to fit the food to all my allergies! So I wanted to say thank you for making our “grown-up” experience so amazing and fun. I would also like to say sorry on behalf of my group. Since we were new to all this, our 13-year-old minds didn’t exactly know how to deal with the bill. You were super helpful in dividing the check up and taking our not-so-preferable cash. The bill was reasonable, but we had completely forgotten (and frankly didn’t know) what a tip even was, let alone how much to give. So we emptied our pockets and all our money added up to $3.28. Not aware of how small this really was, we left, clueless of what we had left you for all your hard work. Later, we realized our mistake and felt HORRIBLE. We knew we had to make it right. So in this envelope, you will find the correct 18% tip + extra for simply being amazing. We appreciate your help and patience, and thank you for making our night fun. Thank you!

– The 4 teenagers from that night”

“Seminole” went on to comment:

Nothing more frustrating than when I get little to nothing for a tip and the customer is smiling and thanking me profusely as they exit. These kids came back another day and left this for me at the front desk, with $18 and some change. I’ve been serving a long time, and nothing like this has ever happened to me, or anyone. I don’t know how you learned or educated yourself on tipping, but I really appreciate the effort and kindness. I hope your Homecoming was fantastic!

Faith in humanity restored!