Every November 11th, our country comes together to say thank you to all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. These men and women deserve our appreciation because they are willing to put their lives on the line for our country so we can live in the land of free. Honestly, I am so thankful that people are willing to do this job because I can’t imagine doing it myself. I feel the same way about cops and firefighters too. If these jobs were left up to me, we would be living in a lawless society where fires run rampant and we’d probably be Communists right now.
Veterans Day is also the day that many restaurants open up their menus and offer a free meal to those who have served or are serving. (When I speak of serving, I’m not talking about those of us who serve hamburgers and chicken cacciatore.) Applebee’s, Bonefish Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, Hooters, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster are just a few of the places that will honor our vets with something free. Here is a list of all the places.
It’s a wonderful thing that the veterans have done and it’s equally great that so many restaurants show their thanks this way, but, at the risk of sounding like I’m a total asshole (“Ummm, you ARE a total asshole,” said 9 out of 10 people reading this…), I want to remind those who are getting free food of one thing: please tip your servers.
Okay, okay it sounds petty and rude of me, but I feel it is my obligation to say this out loud. And I shall:
Please, if you’re going out to take advantage of the free meal, and you totally should do that, all I am asking is that you remember that your server is depending on the tips. Please don’t make Veterans Day a day that servers dread going to work. It should be a mutual admiration society kind of day. You both are appreciative of one another’s service, you just show it in different ways: the waiter does it by serving you free food and the veteran does it by tipping on what the cost of the meal would be.