Those who put love on hold to serve up romance for others

1 in 4 waiters has helped a customer pop the question. But working hard on the most romantic day of the year means they usually miss out themselves.

Some quit their jobs rather than miss spending the most romantic night with their loved one, according to a new pan-European survey commissioned by +Ford Europe of more than 1,250 waiters, concierges, and bar staff.

1 in 3 try to get out of working, with 1 in 10 having thrown a sickie, and others faking an emergency or pretending their car has broken down.

Now +Ford Europe have turned the tables on those hidden cupids who go further for their customers.

Surprising a lucky few with a very special romantic date.

Greg Dawson, vice president Communications and Public Affairs, Ford of Europe.
“On Valentine dates couples only have eyes for each other. But how their evening goes depends in no small part on those who are sacrificing their own nights out to do a great job, They are the true heroes of Valentine’s Day – and what better way to recognise their efforts than to make them the centre of attention.”
London waitress Kelsie Jamieson, 24, has already helped arrange two proposals at work, but has never experienced a Valentine’s Day date. She was surprised with a romantic evening with her fiancé Nick Epstein, 32 – who previously proposed to her with a Haribo ring.

For the many who soldier on there is an upside. Two-thirds polled said customers were friendlier than usual on Valentine’s Day and most thought diners were also more generous with tips.

As for the unlucky diners who turn up for a Valentine’s date alone? 1 in 5 waiters has helped cheer them up.

Watch how +Ford Europe gave a few special people a date of their very own.

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