Makenzie Schultz and her husband, Steven, of Toddville, Iowa, are the toast of the Internet today because of a little decency they extended when they went out to eat over the weekend and had a lousy meal.

She reported on Facebook that the service was awful on Saturday night, and why wouldn’t it be since the restaurant was short staffed?

So here’s the deal. Our service tonight sucked. Took 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for our entree. People all around us were making fun of the restaurant & how bad the service was. Yeah, it was pretty terrible.

But, it was very obvious that the issue was being short staffed, not the server. He was running around like crazy and never acted annoyed with any table. At one point we counted he had 12 tables plus the bar. More than any one person could handle!

As I sat there and watched him run back & forth and apologize for the wait, I said to Steven… Wow, this used to be us. Waiting tables. I don’t miss it at all and I never loved that job. I did it for the tips. Steven and I agreed it would feel good to make this guys night when he would probably be getting minimal to no tips due to slow service.

We walked out before he saw this and I’m not posting this for a pat on the back. I’m just sharing this as a friendly reminder to think of the entire situation, before you judge. And always always always remember where you came from.

When’s the last time you tipped $100 for bad service, just because you remember your roots?

Ron Gardenhire’s firing by the Minnesota Twins today caps an unusually long era.

Only Mike Scioscia of the Angels — his team is going to the playoffs again — has been managing in baseball longer than Gardenhire, who was hired early in 2002 to replace Tom Kelly.

That was a lot of losses ago, but sometimes it’s worth pausing to recall just how long Gardenhire has been on the Minnesota scene.

How long has it been? When Gardenhire took over, Major League Baseball was still trying to disband the Twins.

Consider that in the year he was hired:

This was our governor.

This thing had just been introduced:

This was the hot cellphone.

This was was still playing in London’s West End.

He was still a TV president and hadn’t yet beaten Florida Gov. Robert Ritchie for re-election after Minnesota Sen. Howard Stackhouse decided not to challenge him.

He was still a little Papi.
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These three, including Coleen Rowley of the Minneapolis FBI office, were Time’s Persons of the Year.

Nickelback had the top song of the year.

And he was still alive.

Them that had, still has.

Forbes is out with its annual list of the 400 richest people in the United States and there are no changes among the Minnesotans on the list.

There are only 131 people richer than Whitney MacMillan, the Cargill heir, who checks in this year with $3.8 billion to his name. That’s $200 million less than a year ago. He drops from his perch at No. 128 last year.

From there it’s a long drop to No. 302 where Stanley Hubbard of KSTP is sitting with $2.1 billion. Hubbard has the same amount of money as last year (when he was at No. 322), but he leapfrogged over Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who has lost about a half billion in the last year, if you believe Forbes’ methodology.

Weep not for Taylor though. $1.7 billion is still a lot of money. He could burn $100 bills every 10 seconds for the next six years. Or just continue to own the Star Tribune.

Barbara Carlson Gage and Marilyn Carlson remain tied at No. 383 with $1.6 billion. They’ve both improved by one spot over a year ago.

Related: Whitney MacMillan’s Montana Cattle Ranch Listed for $18 Million (Wall St. Journal).