Tuesday Night 7:34 pm,
Table of 2 get up from their table and start walking towards door, triumphantly as if they made a good choice of restaurant.
Server waiting by door greets guests by in good faith.
“Have a great night folks, thanks for coming in!”
Shorter gentleman, early 50’s, fading brown hair, jeans, polo shirt on, turns:
“Hey thank you so much, John!” Big smile.
Gentleman extends hand towards John. “Hey John! My names John too!”
Server raises eyebrows, returns fake gesture, “Oh” shifts weight “That’s awesome! Cheers!” Meets handshake with big smile. Pause frame.
John’s thoughts at this moment, to be read voice over:
‘Wait, Wait, Wait! Holddd up.” (Bold and Fast)
He went for the handshake??! (Spoken slightly chuckled, Server perspective)
‘Whenever a guest and server touch something’s a littlee off. (wobbly voice)
I am just not sure what.’
Show Server wave goodbye to guests 1 and 2. With voice over.
‘I say goodbye to the guests as I continue my night as usual.
I walk back over to my table to buss and grab the ticket.
I ask the busser already there’
End Voice over:
“How’d I do?” Pointing at the tab.
She turns and says ‘Alright’ with a rye smile shrugging her shoulders.
I turn back and say really….. with my eyes, looking through my eyebrows.
"I take the server’s book back to the server station without opening it.” Walking back to server station, then standing in front of computer screen.
I open the book to find cash construed throughout. Nasal chuckle. Shake head. Start sorting bills to all face the same way and direction.
I look at the total on bill (close up shot). “Okay, the bill was 50.47. They left me a fifty and one, two, three, four, five ones…” Show math as overlay on film as spoken.
“Thats Fifty-Five minus Fifty forty-seven. Making it 4.53” (Spoken real slowly). ———“ Staring at the cash in hand. “4.53…” pause.. “mmK, 4.53.”
Cut to servers head shot, capturing 1000 mile stare to the ground past open book.
Server thinking back to table. Play fast-forward replay of service of table. Close up of guests faces having a good time, server with big smile… all leading up to the the moment when the guest leave.
Pause at handshake moment.
Back to serving station. “That handshake cost $5 dollars…” spoken aloud chuckled, so the other servers in the wait station could hear.
Cut to server looking at his open shaken right hand by side.
Cut to black, with janky theme music.