Tuesday, June 27, 2017

if you're looking for someone to thank, i'll accept it

I am attending a work conference this week and staying at a big hotel attached to the convention center.  The conference is very large and hundreds of attendees are staying at the hotel.  We all work in the child welfare field, so basically, we're totally in it for the money.

Anyway, at dinner tonight, I paid with my credit card, and when the waiter brought it back to me, he looked at me earnestly and said, "Thank you so much for your service."

I assumed that he could tell I was here for the child welfare conference, and while I don't usually get thanked for doing my job, I told him that I love it a lot and it really is such meaningful work.

And then he said, "May I ask which branch of the military you serve in?"

Wait, what?

Very quickly it dawned on my that he had seen the USAA emblem on my credit card and thought I was a veteran.  He was thanking me for my military service.

Oh man.

I told him that my father-in-law is the veteran, but that I'd pass along the thanks to him, and then my face turned redder than the spaghetti sauce I ate for dinner.

It's a good thing the view from my room is decent, because I may never leave again.


16 comments:

Michelle said...

I laughed so hard at your instastory last night, and reading it is just as funny. I would have wanted to die!

Miranda @ My Restless Soul said...

I watched your story last night and all I could think about was how I could see myself do the same thing! Ha ha.

Audrey Louise said...

Hahahahaha- oh man... I mean, casual slip-up, right? But thank you for your service with child welfare!! That's a demanding job, too! (And I bet the waiter was even more embarrassed. Ha!)

Brianne said...

Hahaha oh man that so would have been me too.

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

OMG, the most random things happen to you!! So funny!!

Rebecca Jo said...

I love you shared it with your FIL though... gratitude passed on

Heather @ Heathers Hurrah said...

Aww this story is hilarious and also wonderful!

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

haha, I love it.

Kristin said...

That happens a lot in my experience. Though, people have tried to spin it (upon me correcting them) into "Well, the spouse serves too" and I thank them but say it's not quite the same :)

Corie @ Life in the Mitten said...

Uh oh! My husband and I use USAA and I would probably respond the same way you did.

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

This totally made me laugh at work! But...!! Thank you to your FIL for his service and you totally rock for working in child welfare!!

rooth said...

Hahahah, I feel like this kind of stuff only happens to you. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Faith said...

Hehe, I watched your instastory when you shared it and I could feel your mortification. Hey, at least you got a good story out from it ;)

Danielle said...

If you don't mind me asking, what is your instagram handle? I'd love to follow you over there!

sara [at] journey of doing said...

LOL.

oops.

lauren alford design said...

Oh gosh. Good intentions! Haha!