Just a tip…

There was a lot of buzz surrounding a ‘new and cool’ place that was coming to our town. Cool… mostly because Summer is coming and it’s an ice cream shoppe! πŸ˜› (My daughter eats it whatever the weather, though! πŸ˜‰ )

The biggest attraction was ‘rolled fried ice cream’ – we’ve never had that here so it was a whole new taste test coming our way!

I bypassed the opening, knowing that it would be crazy busy, and finally took the girls (my daughter and her friend) after school one Friday, two weeks after they had opened. And let me tell you, it was the best ‘all five senses’ experience I think anyone of us had had in a very long time!
The dΓ©cor had an almost vintage feel – turquoises and pinks – I found myself smiling as I thought, ‘Frenchy, from the movie Grease, should be here!’ (Or even ALL the Pink Ladies πŸ˜‰ )
I kid you not… the place smelled like candy floss! Not a sickening sweet smell…. but a bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears…. ”Juuuuuuuuuust right!” πŸ˜›
Our taste treats did NOT disappoint in anyway! We were given extra spoons, so that we could each taste the other ones choice – and we all made mental notes to ‘have that one’ next time πŸ˜‰

But what stood out the most for me? Which sense was made the happiest? HEARING!

There was background music, yes. But at a volume that could only just be heard. It could have been louder – I really like my music πŸ˜‰ But in this case, louder would have drowned out the energy coming off of the staff.
(Yes, I have told management, and given them a great review πŸ˜‰ )
There are four staff members (and a manager) … and watching and hearing their interaction with us, other customers, each other? I smiled and laughed so much that my cheeks were sore by the time we got back to my car!

I am not sharing all of this with you to try and convince you that you need ice cream… but maybe you do? πŸ˜›

We were waiting for our order, and my soul was busy soaking it all up πŸ˜‰ while my eyes tried to notice every little detail, when I saw the small jar….

A small glass jar, no fancy ribbon or decoration on it to make you notice it. A small glass jar, sitting on the top of the display of brightly coloured bubbles and Boba, for their special tea’s. A small glass jar, placed between the beautifully branded cups and serviettes. A small glass jar, with a little label on it that read ”TIPS”. A small glass jar that was EMPTY, at three o’clock in the afternoon, when they had been open (and busy) since 9am.

And I felt so sad.

I plucked the last note from my purse, stepped forward, and dropped it in. That cheerful vibe went up a notch, as they all clapped their hands and gave me a thumbs up. One guy even looked up at the ceiling and shouted ‘thank you, God’. The manager smiled, and came to tell me, ”That’s their first tip!”, and I replied, ”For today?” My heart hurt when he said, ”No. Since we’ve opened!”

If I had had more money, I would have added it to that jar!

But here is the truly amazing part!

A customer came in a minute later, placed their order, paid – and noticed the note in the jar (because people seldom miss seeing money, am I right? πŸ˜› )… so instead of putting their change in their purse, they threw it in the jar. Somebody else was waiting to be served, and they paid by card… but dug a note out of their wallet to throw into that jar!

THERE WAS A RIPPLE EFFECT!

Because that’s how it goes! πŸ˜‰

So with a new week looming….

Please can we help the old lady across the street, or help the old man carry those heavy packages? Please can we pay for the coffee of the person behind us, or buy an ice cream for the little girl pulling on her mommy’s hand but mommy clearly doesn’t have enough?
Someone will see…. and maybe they will do the same for someone else!

Let’s get a ripple kindness going! All over the world! Every day!

It might make you smile so much that we can have sore cheeks together… despite the distance between us πŸ˜‰

(P.S. Management has now decorated that glass jar πŸ˜‰ )

16 thoughts on “Just a tip…

  1. OK. First things first. Ha hummmmm. Rolled Ice cream???? What is that ???
    And you’re such a lovely and thoughtful lady. The ripple effect should be a thing. It’s sounds fantastic 😍
    I love ice cream and would probably pop into that shop a few times a week and leave a big tip.

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    1. Rolled Fried Ice Cream is basically a thin layer of ice cream being fried on a large ‘hot plate’ and then the guy slowly and patiently rolls it up using a spatula. It comes out looking like a rolled pastry… but it’s ice cream! It’s quite incredible to watch!!!! πŸ˜€
      If I could afford to pop in there a few times a week, believe me, I would! Even if only for the vibe experience and to give them a tip πŸ˜‰
      If you love ice cream, you’d probably take up permanent residence in their shop 😜 πŸ˜‰

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      1. To be honest.. I have no idea how it doesn’t melt. It’s fascinating to watch though! I DID google it and apparently there is a coating or something…. which is odd because I haven’t noticed one on the finished product. I think I will ask them next time we go there…. and I’ll let you know πŸ˜‰

        As for expense? Well…. that’s a no, and yes, answer. It’s on a par with other places, although the size of the finished product actually makes it ‘better value for money’.
        For me, currently, unfortunately it has to be a ‘once a month’ kind of treat. But that’s okay! It’s definitely better than not at all! πŸ˜‰

        Hope you’re having a great week ❀

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      2. Ah ok, a ‘Coating ‘ doesn’t sound yummy but when in Rome.
        My week is very challenging and busy but I like it that way.
        How’s your week Meg ? I love your name, it just sounds right for your warm personality ❀

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      3. Funny thing is, I didn’t notice any coating, like they mention on Google. So I will definitely need to ask my questions next time I get to go there πŸ˜‰
        I definitely also prefer busy… especially being up to good, instead of no good πŸ˜› … but I don’t always like the busy when it interferes with things I’d rather be doing, ha ha ha!

        Last week was quite chaotic, with challenges along the way that weren’t too pleasant. But that was last week – this is this week πŸ˜‰ Every day is a new one with new opportunities, right? πŸ˜‰

        Sending love and thoughts your way. Here’s hoping your week is spectacular πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi Meg,
    You have certainly made my mouth water at the thought of the delicacy that you had, I know that in Scotland they have fried Mars bars and deep fried meat pies, neither of which appeal to me but I digress.
    You are perfectly right in your thinking about the ripple effect although tips for waiting staff can be an emotive subject, I usually work on the principle of the level of service, however again even with your description of the ice cream parlour and the way that you have described the staff and atmosphere, I would be tempted to send them a tip just because you made me smile πŸ˜ƒ πŸ€—
    I do agree with you though that every action has a reaction and a little act of kindness can make all the difference.
    I hope that you and your family have a wonderful and happy week and find time to relax and enjoy yourself amidst all the hustle and bustle of work and life 😊

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      1. Hi Meg I’m back on my travels once again, visiting my Aunt, she’s struggling a bit since she lost her husband and she has just been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer which has spread to her lungs so I’m quite concerned about her and the prognosis.
        Love is really important to me and encompasses all that I believe in πŸ‘β€
        I hope that you too are having an amazing week and enjoy all the little moments that make life more enjoyable ❀🌹

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