Qwyksilver Posted September 14, 2004 Share Posted September 14, 2004 I am typically a very generous tipper, but that is because my Grandmother raised my mom and two uncles as a waitress and I know how miserable the job can be. The pay is lousy, and tips are how they break even. I typically start at 20% and work up or down from there. I'm fairly demanding of my service though and expect the person to be prompt, knowledgable, and accurate. Again, having family that worked the job, and took pride in the work, I have certain expectations. I hate waitstaff that do a half arsed job, and then expect a big tip just because they are working at a restaurant. I absolutely hate mandatory tips added to bills, even for large groups. I have found that by experience, the service tends to be poorer when the tip is already included. I understand that wait staff typically are paid a lower minimum wage, I think it is $4.50 per hour for service industry, but could be wrong. However, I am not going to supplement their wage if they do a very poor job. Take pride in your work and do it right, you get a good tip. Show up and expect it, and do nothing. Get your horrible wage. If you really liked your service, and are paying by credit card, a good way to help the waitress out is to give $0.00 tip on the credit card slip, and given them their tip in cash. Wait staff are expected to report all tips as wages, but reality is, most don't add more than the "minimum" 15%. A credit card bill though is recorded and they would need to report that tip. Pet peeves I have when dining out, or ways to get a good tip for me... 1. If my cup of coffee or water is filled regularly...huge bonus. It's easy to do and shows you're being attentive. 2. If my bill is $11 for lunch, and I leave a $20. Do not ask me if I need friggen change. Of course I do, who the hell leaves a 90% tip. On the converse, just coming up and saying "I'll be right back with your change." Even if it seems clear I am leaving the bill and tip combined is a huge bonus. 3. Messing up the order and not apologizing, or passing the blame. I had one waitress once tell me that was what I ordered. Now I have never ordered a steak cooked more than medium rare. If I could get it raw, I'd not complain. So don't EVER tell me I ordered one medium well, and it looks well done. 4. A waitress who is inattentive and practically absent during the entire meal, but is suddenly prompt and cordial when the bill is there. Bad, bad, bad gold digger. 5. I am not fond of my meals stacking. When I place an order and it takes 20 minutes to get my salad, and my entree comes 2 minutes after that. It means someone isn't watching their queue. And my meal is going to get cold. Yes, I'm a fairly demanding bastard, but good service gets very good tips from me, usually 20-25%. I've left a penny before too. (but then I spoke with the manager, got a gift certificate, and never saw the waitress there again). Oh, and the tip cup at a coffee place. You're charging me 4 bucks for a cup of coffee, and you want me to give you tips too, for pouring a cup. Hell, even the $2 Dunkin donuts... you're pouring me a cup of coffee. That's just ridiculous. <QS hops off his soapbox> Next! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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