Many moons in the past in Ankara, I visited a restaurant on the outskirts of town. Inscribed at its entrance had been these phrases: “Dear diners, if you’re not happy with the food at our restaurant, just let the server/ manager know that the food is not up to your expectations and you won’t be required to pay. We’ll not ask you any questions.”
I entered the restaurant, had a delicious meal, scribbled a be aware of thanks in Turkish, paid and returned to India. Later I got here to know that the meals served at this restaurant was so good that nobody had ever complained.
In Algiers, I used to be not proud of the Soupe au Pistou (vegetable soup) served at a French restaurant. I casually jotted down “Just passable” within the guests’ e-book, together with my identify, e-mail ID and cellphone quantity.
After a couple of days, the restaurant supervisor despatched a mail of remorse and requested for my financial institution particulars to return the quantity I paid. Apprehensive, I didn’t share my financial institution particulars.
After a few years, I returned to that restaurant. The supervisor was there. He recognised me and welcomed me with heat. This time, the meals was good. He accepted no cash and gifted me a really costly wristwatch which I nonetheless use.
Certain little gestures of goodness proven by mates, strangers and even foes at occasions stick with you and egg you on to reciprocate.