Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatar ended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world, Doha!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Spread the Love

I got a phone call this morning from a very excited Kayla. She was ecstatic as her first night of serving solo at her new Hyatt Resort job netted her $245 in tips. That's a secret between you and me. Kristi won't be so happy, as Pluckers' customers aren't being quite that generous these days. Kayla knows all nights won't be that good, but is relishing in the moment, just the same. This phone call gave me an opening for something I've been wanting to talk about...taking care of the people in service here in Doha. Too many times I have been with people here that don't leave a tip or at most, round up a couple of riyals that ends up totaling a whopping 75 cents or so. Remember, these workers don't make $245 in an entire month, much less a night. They work ten to twelve hour days, six days a week taking nearly two months to amass that amount of dough. Be kind to your waiters and waitresses. They are working hard to scrape up a little money to send back to their families that are depending on them in their home countries. Most often, they are the breadwinners and supporting their parents and siblings back home. That's a lot of pressure and a lonely task for a young person or anyone for that matter. Always leave a tip, and every now and then, leave a big tip. You'll feel good and they'll feel even better. The next time you honk at the grocery store, honk chicken, the cleaners, or the local juice stall, tip that man that runs out and waits on you hand and foot without you having to leave the comfort of your air conditioned vehicle. It means so much to these people. A small amount of money for us is huge for them. Remember the blessings you are afforded and spread the love, people!

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