Here you will find the Poem The Ballad of the Thoughtless Waiter of poet Franklin P. Adams
I saw him lying cold and dead Who yesterday was whole. "Why," I inquired, "hath he expired? And why hath fled his soul? "but yesterday," his comrade said, "All health was his, and strength; And this is why he came to die-- If I may speak at length. "But yesternight at dinnertime At a not unknown café, He had a frugal meal as you Might purchase any day. "The check for his so simple fare Was only eighty cents, And a dollar bill with a right good will Came from his opulence. "The waiter brought him twenty cents. 'Twas only yesternight That he softly said who now is dead 'Oh, keep it. 'Ats a' right.' "And the waiter plainly uttered 'Thanks,' With no hint of scorn or pride; And my comrade's heart gave a sudden start And my comrade up and died." Now waiters overthwart this land, In tearooms and in dives, Mute be your lips whatever the tips, And save your customers' lives.