Gratuities not included

We went out to a great restaurant this week – the boat house in Horseshoe Bay. The restaurant looks out over the harbour, and the mountains, and you can see the ferries coming and going at the BC Ferries terminal.

The docks at horseshoe bay
The docks at horseshoe bay

The restaurant was pretty busy for a Monday evening, but we still got to sit by the window. Well worth it when you have such lovely views.

We were there to celebrate the new smiling teenager in the family.
We expected the service to be rather poor as we’d imagined they’d lost most of their waiting staff now that the schools are back. But Gwen and Greg knew half the staff in the restaurant from school or university. If Alice had been with us and not at UVic, she’d probably have known all of them as she’d worked there over the summer.
As it turned out we got a waitress that they didn’t know. Not a student and not someone who enjoyed her work. She had zero personality and seemed to be just doing her time. We thought that her sourpuss came from expectations of a low tip – after all Sue and I still have british accents and we did have coupons for free appies. Neither signs that go with generous tips. 
What she didn’t allow for was that most of our kids have worked in restaurants and we know how much they depend on tips. Still it would have been nice to get a smile to go with our dinner.
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