My random act this week went to a couple who came in to celebrate their ‘6 years of life together’ at our bar. I thought this was an interesting way to put it – not an anniversary, but years of life! I went over and let them know we were going to take care of their meals as well as hook them up with a gift certificate for the next time they choose to join us again! They were so please & couldn’t believe that their bartender thought to pass the message along about their celebration. In fact, they questioned if I was talking to the correct guests. After a big hug and a ‘Thank You!’ they let me know they would be sure to Pay It Forward and come back & visit us again soon!
Tonight we had a group of women celebrating a birthday in the dining room. During dinner, it was quickly brought to my attention that someone in the dining room was choking so I ran over as fast as I could. When I arrived, a gentleman from another table was trying the heimlich to no avail. I took over and was successful at dislodging whatever was stuck. The ladies were very relieved and it turns out, the birthday girl was the one choking. As things calmed down, she was very thankful and grateful but her dining experience was ruined for the night as she didn’t want to eat anymore and was slightly embarrassed. I thought this would be a great opportunity to buy her dinner and get her a GC to come back and have a more pleasurable time from start to finish. When I gave her the Pay It Forward certificate, she immediately looked at the guy who initially tried to help her out and I knew she had already found someone deserving.
Today at lunch we had a table of 5 gentlemen stop in for lunch. They were all in uniform and I knew right away that this was my RAK. I introduced myself and thanked them a few times for their service to this country and let them know that I had picked up the entire tab. They were very insistent that I didn’t have to do that, but I told them it was the least I could do for what they do for us.
Being St. Patrick’s Day, I ask the host to be on the look out for the most green/dressed up guest so that I could RAK them. We found them in our lounge. A couple of ladies were starting their day here at CJ’s with some Shamrock-Ritas and appetizers and they were head to toe green & festive. I bought them some necklaces & green items to compliment their attire and gave them each a $17 gift certificate to use next time. They were psyched to PIF and said they would be seeing tons of people today.
Yesterday a mom of 3 was coming in for lunch with her kids. She had a 1 year old, a 3 year old, a 9 year and just herself. As a mom of 4, I know the desire to take your kids out and do nice things for them, but sometimes it is quite the task all by yourself. All of the children were so well behaved and the oldest was being very helpful. When I went over and told her that I was taking care of the entire check because of the connection I have with he situation she was floored and so surprised. Come to find out it was the oldest birthday and they were out to celebrate! SCORE!
This RAK happened Monday at lunch. Two older ladies had come in for lunch and right next to them was a Mom and her two boys about 4 & 5 years old. At some point during lunch one of the little boys had something stuck and the only natural way for a little boy to get it out was to throw it up. I quickly helped the mother who was quite nice, but a bit embarrassed. While all of this was happening the two older ladies were chatting away with the other little boy who was just watching his brother through all of this. The ladies were super kind and just continued with their lunch. When I told them that I would like to buy their lunches because as a mom myself I totally understood where that mother was coming from and to have people around you not make a big deal and just say “it happens” really helps in that situation. They were very surprised and were pleased to see how quickly both myself & Josh were in helping out with the situation.
One of my guests that comes in all of the time told me he was celebrating on Friday night. I asked him for what and he said his birthday. He is an older man that doesn’t have any family, so I took care of his check and he is happy to pay it forward 🙂
Tonight I RAK’d a Mother and Daughter that were 1st time visitors on a recommendation from a guy they met at the mall. I chatted with them when they came in and we put them on the wait in the lounge and the dining room. Once seated in the lounge, their server told me it was their 1st visit and they were very impressed with our menu and atmosphere. I decided this would be a good Valentine’s RAK. I ran over to CVS and bought 2 individual roses and a heart box of Lindt Chocolate. I added a GC for their next visit as well. They were absolutely floored and I know they are going to come to CJ’s before anywhere else now!
Tonight Cactus Jack’s turned 21 years old… Yup, February 6th, 1995. We also had someone in celebrating their 21st birthday tonight. When I explained to his table that CJ’s was 21 today too they thought it was the coolest. I bought his dinner and gave him a $21 GC (for drinks only!). His parents were floored and he was pumped for free drinks! When I asked him to PIF, he couldn’t wait to tell someone what CJ’s did for him!
Tonight, a little boy came in who had just lost his first tooth. He was so excited and telling everyone about it. When his parents gave him the choice of where he wanted to go to celebrate, he chose CJ’s for our Make Your Own Sundae. I went over and asked him all about how he lost his tooth, and bought him and his little brother dessert. I also gave the parents a gift card since *spoiler alert* they’re the ones who shell out for the tooth fairy. The whole family was very excited and happy to Pay It Forward.