People on the internet are relating so much to Andrew Yang after he recounted on Twitter his time working as a busboy at a Chinese restaurant.
Yang, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, shared the relatable message over the weekend, writing, “I was a busboy at a Chinese restaurant as a teenager. You never forget that. The heated washer burned my hands. The other workers scoffed at me because they’d gotten used to it years ago. I still tip well to this day.”
I was a busboy at a Chinese restaurant as a teenager. You never forget that. The heated washer burned my hands. The other workers scoffed at me because they’d gotten used to it years ago. I still tip well to this day.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) August 18, 2019
Social media users flocked to Twitter to express how they can relate to Yang’s post.
That was one of my first jobs too. It was way tougher than people might think 🥵
— Sam Liu (@_samliu_) August 18, 2019
I never want anybody to feel belittled and disrespected because of their job, and workers on minimum wage deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They’re the ones who help customers everyday and don’t deserve to be replaced. #FreedomDividend #HumanityFirst
— Lady Likezz (@LadyLikezz) August 18, 2019
That’s a great story. Really, I’m impressed by that work ethic.
Now, when you tip, does your tip % vary based on the service given?
I worked food service in my youth too. The wait staff can’t help if the food tastes bad, but they can still be great servers.
— South Carolinian 🇺🇸 (@SirSoccer) August 18, 2019
My mom raised me and my 3 siblings on a minimum wage income plus the tips she rarely got to keep. To this day I tip at least 50% on occasion that I see the waitress/waiter who is struggling in life I tip double, you can see the pain in people’s eyes. Keep being you Yang.
— Shaun Gabe Newell (@gabe_shaun) August 18, 2019
My grandson had a job at a friends restaurant this summer he hoped to do some cooking but he mostly bussed tables and washed dishes I asked if that made him want more or less to go to culinary school and he said “more – everyone has to start at the bottom, Nana“
— Sharon Dennis (@sddphoto) August 18, 2019
My mother’s first student job was at a Chinese resteraunt. It’s where she learned to cook. Later I was a white 4 year old eating meals with chopsticks 4 times a week.
— Aripyanfar🐉 (@Aripyanfar1) August 18, 2019
Yep. As a person that spent years living on tips, it is hardwired into me to pay it forward.
Mediocre service gets tipped the standard 15-20%, but good or great service gets anywhere from 33% to 100% depending on the cost of the meal.
Glad you remember your roots!
— Tommy (@CovfefeGrande) August 18, 2019
Same, but it was an Italian restaurant. Definitely won’t forget those days.
— skeletor (@skeletorington3) August 18, 2019
There were also those who praised Yang for being true to himself.
Andrew, you know what it is like to work an honest, hard job. The more I read about you and your platform, the more I like. I also love MATH! 😉
— Denise (@DMoonchild) August 18, 2019
Good god we really got a blue collar man of the people on our hands here. How raw. Thank you for sharing
— Flatulating (@BChonson) August 18, 2019
You are an angel 😇👼
— Jon Rocks (@jonrocks69) August 18, 2019
Thanks for sharing your humble beginnings. Restaurant work is definitely tuff, and being that it’s an immigrant run restaurant can be even more difficult. This is exactly why you would make a great leader. Hard work and optimism 👍 #yanggang #yang2020
— petelite (@petelite4) August 18, 2019
I wish you nothing but success, Andrew. I know how difficult it is to not go along with the crowd. Plus, your dancing rocks 🕺🏻
— Baby Spot (@RealBabySpot) August 18, 2019
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