Service with a Smile

Service with a Smile

From Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

Service with a Smile

The truth brings with it a great measure of absolution, always.

~R.D. Laing

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote:

I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well-behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said:

I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes or silverware or pictures off the walls.

I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill.

Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.

~Karl Albrecht and Ron Zenke

Service America

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