Since I'll be switching jobs soon, I've decided to spend my remaining lunch breaks at my current job going to my favorite restaurants (because who the hell knows when I'll be back in this area for lunch).
So today I went to one of my regular spots, had a delicious meal, and wrote this on the check:
"Changing jobs! Really enjoyed coming here for the past 2 years. Thanks!"
And I left a very generous tip.
I then wandered for 20 minutes. On my way back to work, I had to walk past the same restaurant again, and oddly enough saw the waiter who had just served me standing outside taking a cigarette break. He gave me a devilish smile...
"So you're not coming back?" the waiter said.
"Just changing areas of the city," I said. I was hoping to quietly walk by him, but I suppose I was asking for this by leaving the note in the first place.
"That's cool," the waiter said. "Where will you be?"
And I gave him the approximate location.
"Great spot," the waiter said. "Try this restaurant down there..." (And he gave me the name).
"Just as tasty as here," he said. He then nodded, put his cigarette out, and went back inside.
I quietly walked away, knowing I would never see this person again.
But you know what? Oddly enough I had a new pepper in my step, and I stared imagining all the new waiters I would soon meet - the perks of a new job.