I grew up learning that patience is key, no matter what. You need patience in school, in work, and in life in general.
Whenever I went out to eat with my parents, they would always tell me that I have to wait patiently for my food because many other people had to do the same.
I recently went on a lunch date with my mom and Baba at Olive Garden. We went around 3 p.m. so it was not at all busy like it often is. I have been to Olive Garden once or twice before…or maybe it’s more like hundreds of times. What can I say? I love my breadsticks!
We had a wonderful server, Nina, who brought us our drinks (fruity summertime ones) very quickly. My mom and Baba both ordered meals that were ready before mine, but we told the servers to bring the food out because we figured mine would be out shortly.
After waiting a bit, we started to wonder where my food was. A manager came up to our table and said that unfortunately the kitchen missed my order so they just started to make it. This didn’t really annoy me because I knew we were in no rush. But I also knew it would mean that my tablemates would have to wait for me to finish my food, which I didn’t really like.
The manager came back about five minutes later with my food (which was excellent as always) and told us that he was going to pay for our entire table to make up for the inconvenience. I was shocked, but very impressed that he went above and beyond. It was a very generous thing to do and we were all impressed to say the least.
I’ve always recommended Olive Garden to people in the past, and this strengthened my recommendation. The service and hospitality we received was excellent and I can’t wait to return for another meal.
It just goes to show that good things come to those who wait. This random act of kindness sure made my day.