Thursday, November 3, 2011

Group Gratuity

Have you ever taken a group of individuals to a lunch or dinner? Was the service terrible? Did you get the bill and the gratuity was already added? If yes, I completely understand.

My office recently took a group of individuals from the tourism industry out to lunch in Decatur, Alabama. Most of these individuals work at our local hotels and recommend places to eat all the time to their clients. We called the restaurant ahead of time and told them we would have a party of 20 at 11:30 am for lunch.

At this point, you would have thought, that they would have assigned someone to take care of the group. Instead, we had one waitress get drinks, one take food orders, a different person brought out the food, another one did refills, and yet another one gave me the bill. With all of that being said, the service was horrible, the waiters were arguing, and it took forever to get our food.

I ordered a cheeseburger and fries, when it was brought out they gave me no condiments nor did they ask if I wanted any. The bun was twice the size of the hamburger patty, with no cheese, a pickle, slice of tomato, and piece of lettuce. This was one dry burger. I asked one of our 5 waitresses if I could have some ketchup and mustard, she said sure. So I waited, and waited, and waited on the ketchup and mustard, but I gave up. After, everyone had finished eating she brought some packets out. I said, “I really don’t need those anymore”.
At 1:30 pm, I finally asked for the check as the entire group was getting up from the table. I had people making comments like, “I would only give them 10% gratuity”. I was given the bill and the gratuity was $29.17. These women DID NOT EARN this tip money. It was a give me! Who started this rule about group gratuity? Why should these waitress work, if they know they don’t have, to get their tip money?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Finding Your Inner Warrior

I’m so tired of hearing people talk about being overweight and not doing anything about it. Whose fault is it that you are overweight? And why have you not taken ACTION! I know people struggle with weight. I struggle with it myself. That’s why I go to the gym on my lunch break with my friends (also know as the mommy workout club). If you don’t think you can take ACTION watch the biggest loser it just might inspire you.

The statement was made to one of the contestants on the biggest loser that you are going to have to find your Inner Warrior. Which makes me ask the question, how do you find that inner warrior in the real world? I believe that finding your inner warrior can be REALLY scary, you are going to have to face your fear whatever that may be and get real with yourself. And to really be real, you can’t hide or be ashamed.

Take that first step and weigh yourself, take a picture of yourself in a sport bra and shorts (men shorts only) to see what you have become. No more hiding. It’s hard, I know, I struggle everyday when I show up to the gym. I don’t want to wear shorts because of the cellulite on my legs, I constantly worry about what other people are thinking about me, and not being able to keep up in the class.

Warriors feel the fear… they just learn to face it. I’m beginning to feel my inner warrior at the gym. I have to dig deep some days to make it, but I love the support I get from all my girls in the class that inspires me each day. I know one day I’ll have that lake-beach body that I have always wanted.

Everyone has a warrior within; you just have to tap into that strength.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Heartless for Feeling No Guilt?

A Friend of mine sent me this article. It really hit home with me and I thought you working mommies would enjoy it.

Friday, October 23, 2009