Service industry jobs are hard work, and they're often under-rewarded, too. It's not easy being on your feet all day and smiling at customers, and it's not much fun when those customers aren't very nice to you.
However, a customer who does treat a service industry worker well can make that worker's day. What you might not know is that happy service industry workers have a little discretion in how they treat people, and they can hand out some pretty nice perks to their favorite customers.
Here are 15 ways you might benefit if you treat the service industry people you come into contact with well!
1. More Food
As this McDonald's worker tells it, you can get bigger, better portions by showing the person who serves you a bit of kindness when you order.
2. Bonus Discounts
This is an awesome way to pay somebody back for their decency. You get a double discount by having your coupons scanned more than once.
3. Too Much?
We're sure the customer appreciated the lower price tag, but we're not certain that this isn't moving into the realm of theft.
4. Sneaky Snacks
Those people who hit up Tim Hortons in the right way can make out like a bandit on the extra Timbits they're given by the staff.
5. Peace And Quiet
This, we imagine, could be an absolute lifeline when you're running behind with everything and it feels like they're never going to stop calling.
6. Slightly Scary
It's human nature to do things better for the people we like. Still, it seems a bit mean to treat sick people with anything less than 100% of your best effort.
Another fast food chain worker confirms what our friend from McDonald's told us in item 1. Be nice and get more grub for free.
8. Every Little Helps
We're glad that some of these service staff don't work for us! We wonder how their employers stay in business, but we bet their nice customers aren't complaining.
9. An Older View
This seems nice to us. The senior discount won't bankrupt the restaurant, but it will win over repeat customers. A fair reward for good behavior.
10. Bonus Popping Up
Cinema workers, just like fast food workers, are inclined to give you a little more if you give them the respect they deserve. Super sized popcorns all around, please.
11. Carrot And Stick
This Chipotle worker acts as judge and jury. Good people are given more food and the bad ones are punished with less. We think it's best to be polite in Chipotle.
12. A Backhanded Bonus
This doesn't feel so much like a reward but rather an escape from being punished. However it goes, we'll take the unexpired milk route - if we can.
13. They Can Afford It
Yes, we can imagine that they are very happy when they learn that a quarter of their shopping is free. We're not sure how the Macy's manager would see it, though.
14. The Angel Of The Credit Union
This one takes some beating, to be fair. Banking charges are a real pain, and to have them disappear as if by magic? That's awesome.
15. A Slap On The Wrists
We think it's not so much the money as the principle here. Don't treat people badly and they won't treat you badly in return.
So... what do you think? What's the best reward for being nice? We think it's that people are happier to see you and that anything else is simply a bonus.
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