There are few more painful jobs than being a restaurant server.
Why, only yesterday, a number of them were awarded more than $5 million, after they claimed that Mario Batali's company had unfairly re-allocated some of their tips.
So if Peyton Manning walked into your restaurant and, at the end of a meal, offered an a additional tip of $200, you might feel a little giddy. Especially as 18 percent had already been added to the $739.58 check.
You would want to tell as many people as possible--or at least your friends.
These days, though, many think the word "friends" means everyone on the Web--unless, that is you have an excellent sense of privacy and an even finer judgment of friendship.
And "telling" means posting in some public way, because we're all Zuckerbergians now, aren't we?
So, the server in question--at a restaurant called The Angus Barn in Raleigh, N.C.--somehow allowed for a picture of Manning's generosity to seep out. For now many news outlets have printed a picture of Manning's credit card receipt. (Yes, he does use a Mastercard.)
It is unclear whether the server--reportedly called Jon--merely e-mailed it to friends who sent it to more friends or whether he socially networked it in a more obvious way.
However, it appears to have been posted on so many Twitter feeds--for example, here on the feed of Dipo Ogunrinde--that it has become a public work of art.
In any case, the Triangle Business Journal reports that Jon was fired. Indeed, it quotes Van Eure, the Angus Barn's owner as saying: "This goes against every policy we have. It's just horrible."
The Angus Barn, you see, likes to have celebs pop by. It likes them to enjoy and fine and private experience.
One can entirely understand that neither Manning nor the restaurant could have been cheered by the waiter's posting.
It always seems sad, though, when one man's excitement over another man's generosity--in a world where millions are less than generous--is punished by something more than an excessive celebration penalty enforced at the kickoff.