5 reasons why I won’t tip you if you’re a waiter

It never fails to shock me how a tip is demanded in the US. People simply refuse to listen to reason when we (yes, there are others!) tell them that leaving a tip isn’t necessary. Well, I’m hoping for too much here, but if you’re a waiter, here are 5 reasons why I will try my best not to give any money to you and why the reasons for tipping are crappy.

1. You act as if you’re my best friend

Just leave me alone ok? I don’t want to bloody chit chat with you. I want food. FOOD! Get it? It’s a restaurant. I go there to eat. I go because I want either Italian food, Chinese Food or something else which I can’t get in a McDonald’s. So I come to a restaurant to fulfill my cravings for it. I will pay for what I value – food. Not you.

Christ, you offend me – kneeling down next to my table, pretending to like me and chatting as if you’re my best friend when it’s obvious that all you’re after is the tip! I’m not a bloody money bag you know. I will pay the bill which includes the cost of the food, the environment and the salaries of the people involved – nothing more.

The only way to get money out of me that I don’t have to legally pay is by prying it out of my cold dead hands…

Bottom line: I don’t want to know your name, or interact with you for any longer than I have to in order to place my order. As far as I’m concerned, you’re the equivalent of a conveyor belt that brings me my food and a computer into which I input my order. Of course, I won’t be rude. But don’t expect me to interact with you any more than I would with some stranger.

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Did you earn this tip?

 

2. You don’t get paid enough

And this is my problem how exactly? It’s astonishing that customers are expected to make up for your employer’s cheapness in not paying you a decent wage. Please include the full cost in everyone’s bill thank you very much. I’ll pay it because I have to and the charge is there for me to see.

What’s really funny here is that no one seems to criticize the employers! All criticism is reserved for non tipping customers instead of the owners of the restaurant for not paying a decent wage. Wtf! Could it possibly be because you guys know you can make much more by tips and under report your income to the IRS?

3. You’ll spit in my food if I don’t tip you?

And I’ll shoot your kid if you don’t give me a million dollars. Seriously, am I even hearing this right? You’re actually using the threat of blackmail to make me pay you? Well as long as you’re openly claiming to be a criminal it’s all right I guess.

Fortunately that’s why I prefer buffets. Listen apart from it being illegal, this shows your poor integrity. But if you spit in someone’s food because they didn’t give you money you didn’t earn, then you’re a loser and deserve to be a waiter for the rest of your life.

4. Bringing me my food isn’t worthy of being paid extra

Did you cook it? Did you invent it? No. You picked it up and brought it to me. While it might not be easy, there are plenty of jobs which are much worse – shop floor workers for example. And I’ve been a shop floor manager, so I know. Face it – compared to other jobs, being a waiter is unskilled. You get paid what the market will think your services are worth. You don’t deserve more for your work over and above what your employer should pay you.

5. Money doesn’t grow on trees

I expect you to be grateful and pray for me at night if I tip you 10%. Be happy I gave you anything at all. I worked for the money in my wallet and by giving you some I didn’t have to, I’m doing you a favor. Learn to remember that when people give you something they don’t need to, it’s a favor. You don’t complain that they didn’t give you more!

By the way, the same thing above applies to all professions that demand tips including those on cruise liners.

So now that you understand why I won’t give you money you don’t deserve, stop with the “oh how could you?” attitude. I can. And I will.

Update: Here’s a rebuttal of the many silly justifications for tipping that people have given in the comments section.

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Comments

  1. ollwong says:

    Kinda agree overall…. The author was a snob about it, but if I went to restaurant that had great service, but terrible food, I would not go back there. Cooks deserve my tip more than the guy writing my order down.

    • Jim says:

      I am in a tipped business. If people didn’t tip me well then I wouldn’t be in this profession. What I can tell you is that tipping is optional, but if I give you good service and you stiff me, I will avoid serving you and won’t care if you get run over in the parking lot.

      I’ll remember you and I won’t give you the time of day if I don’t have to.

      If you enjoy being hated then go ahead, be a cheap A-hole. You will not have the best experience I can provide. I’ll save that for those who deserve it.

  2. jk says:

    Cooks are the deciding factor if I like the joint, not the guy writing the order. Waiters are so full of themselves, atmosphere? Get real I went there cause of the quality of food, and or type of food offered. Not for somebody to be really fake nice to get my money.

  3. Carlucio says:

    I the employer should be responsible of insuring prover service, not the costumer.

  4. April says:

    Maybe all the people that think they shouldn’t tip for a service should cook at home!! Better yet go to a restaurant get your own drink ,condiments, cook your own food and so on! 1)so you aren’t bothered you anti social assholes( who as the author of this article ) clearly needs to be in a country all by themselves! It sickens me to see people at a restaurant being mean,rude inconsiderate asshats to their servers! We always tip more when we see that! And always make sure to call the manager or owner out!
    Thanks business owner ,mother of three, and a past server!!

  5. Maddie says:

    I am shocked and disgusted by the comments from both servers and non-servers. I too am a server however the attitude that many people commenting here have is ridiculous.
    I do expect a tip and I do appreciate it very much. I have to pay 3 percent of what I SELL to the kitchen staff every shift regardless of whether or not you tip me. That means if your bill is 100 dollars and you do not tip me simply because you do not believe in tipping I have to pay 3 dollars of my hard earned money to the kitchen so that they can get the tip they deserve for cooking your food.
    The guy that wrote this post originally needs to stay home.
    And the servers who say they are not going to serve people that do not tip them need an attitude adjustment and a new job. The worse thing I will do to a repeat customer that does not tip me is perhaps not make them a priority when I am swamped with other tables, thereby taking my chances with tables who may actually tip me. But if they are my only table they will get the best service I can offer.
    Serving may not require special skillset, but it requires a lot of hard work, giving up all your weekends, nights and holidays, it means there are nights where you do not get to sit down or have a break once and you will be lucky if you can run in a corner and shove some food in your face to keep from fainting, and perhaps the most challenging is we have to deal with self entitled co workers such as the ones who posted here, and dumbass customers who justify not believing in tipping to account for the fact that they are fucking cheap.

  6. cassandra says:

    the tip is for the server, not the cooks who make the food you might not like. so..
    1) fuck you
    2) get your facts straight
    3) try being a server for a month. Start with a bank account at $0 and see if you can pay rent by the end of the month. I dare you to try it.

    fucking dickwads don’t tip.
    IF YOU DONT HAVE ENOUGH TO LEAVE A TIP, YOU SHOULDNT GO OUT TO EAT.

  7. Dkot says:

    This guy is an asshat… Servers work their asses off to make you happy and you give them nothing in return. I work at a casino as a table games dealer making 4.25 base rate plus tips, luckily there are so many people coming in my average salary is 25/hr. Without those tips I wouldn’t be able to pay for schooling to get a degree, my rent, car, utilities, medical bills, food, or anything. Watch this guy lose his job and have to work as a server, he would change his damn attitude on tipping much faster.

  8. Janet says:

    1. Great, you don’t want me to talk to you. I don’t want to talk to you either, asshole. However, if I don’t, I get bitched at and complained about to my manager.
    I’m kneeling down because I can’t hear your mumbley ass over the 50 other people jabbering on around us.

    2. Yea, we’d all love it if shit changed and servers got paid decent hourly so one had to worry about tipping. However, until that happens..shut the fuck up. And maybe go picket the White House and start passing some bills.

    3. I’ve never once seen a server spit in someone’s food. Stop watching so many movies, idiot. The ones that do spit in your food won’t hesitate to make it obvious.

    4. You’re right, there are worse jobs. But then again, I have to put up with you. At least make it worth minimum wage won’t you?

    5. Why thank you master. Dobbie is very grateful for such a gracious gift. Maybe next time cheap your cheap whiney ass at home and make a frozen pizza?

    4.

  9. Mandi says:

    Blake you can take your right or left hand and make sweet love to yourself. Because I highly doubt you ever get laid.

  10. Mandi says:

    Blake, my dear, your responses are so terribly uncreative and boring. I’ve had more entertaining arguments with children.
    I think any waitress you attempt to slum it with would rather have their lady parts sewn shut than have sex with the likes of you.

  11. Jess says:

    I got the needle, when we doing this ladies?

  12. Jake says:

    There people go again, throwing the word “retarded” around like it’s not insulting to people with real mental issues. Samual, do you mind telling me where you live? I would love to come and beat your fucking face and your head in, until you’re “retarded”. That way you can join the ranks of mentally disabled like me! Except that I wouldn’t have to wear a diaper or a napkin due to the drool.

  13. Kat says:

    Oh really? That’s all I do? I bring you food and that’s all? So I don’t get you your drink, answer any questions you have on the extensive menu, handle any changes you want made to your food (I.E. no mushrooms, extra cheese etcetera…), refill your drinks, handle the pissed off cooks if anything is done wrong, handle every little desire you have…. Oh wait lets not forget the lemon wedges you want for your beverage… I cut those. Oh that salad and soup you want? I prepare that for you, and arrange it on the plate so it doesn’t look like somebody just slopped it on a plate for you.

    Oh that hot fudge brownie sundae you want? Oh wait it’s me who heats it up, and prepares everything for you. But yeah I just bring you your food, deal with your shitty attitude with a sweet smile and soothing words. Oh you hated this? Let me get you something else… And then go back and have to have the cook make it.

    Oh but I only hand your food to you. I don’t actually work… Oh and lets not forget, the salt pepper and sugar shakers on the counter? I fill and clean those. The small pitcher of creamer? I clean them, make the creamer, and fill them. Oh your dirty table? I bus and clean that. The floors? Oh I mop those too. Oh you have a smudge of food on your menu? Yup you guessed it, I’m,m the one who cleans those. Oh your special sheet in the menu is dirty? I’m the one that takes it apart, and replaces it with a clean one.

    Oh wait you have to pay. Guess what? I check you out on the cash register too! Oh you want stuff to go? I prepare and get everything ready for you.

    But seriously I don’t have a real job. I don’t really work at all. So I don’t deserve a tip.

    I work my ass off every single day to make a living. No it isn’t the job I want, nor will I do it for the rest of my life. But I make decent money through tips, and the restaurant I work at is filled with amazing coworkers, the best boss I could ever hope to have, and we make each and every long day standing on our feet and running around a fun filled day.

    And for those people who are jackasses and do not tip, maybe you should actually try being waitstaff. You would be singing a different tune.

    Also I do want to point out, it is the hardest workers, and the people with the crappiest jobs who work the hardest. Those of you with giant salaries and who are too “high class” to tip, you just sit on your asses all day long and don’t understand what WORKING means.

    And no, I don’t spit in people’s food, or screw with their orders. I’m not that kind of person. But if someone who stiffs me comes in and sits in my section again, and demands the same service is a moron. If you come sit in my section you will get a tiny glass of water, put in your order. I won’t bring you your drinks, your sides will take forever to get out to your table, and I will withhold you order for a long while, and leave it sitting there so it comes out lukewarm. I won’t check up on you, you won’t see me again actually. And if you try to flag me down I will walk into the back where you can’t follow me. And my boss will stand by and laugh, because if she was a waitress again she would do the same exact thing. Oh and when you would go up to complain we will just point at a sign hanging on the wall stating COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT IS 300 MILES AWAY.

    If you don’t tip me, don’t expect good service. End of story. I mean ya’ll do know what TIPS stands for right? TO INSURE PROPER SERVICE.

  14. Ren says:

    You will be fired so fast.

  15. Jake says:

    If that’s the requirements for being a waiter or waitress, You’d fit right in. Have at it dumbass.

  16. Jake says:

    Obviously you have been living a fantasy life if you think I’d be fired for kicking someone’s ass. At best I’d be arrested for assault and temporarily suspended from my non waiting job. Woopty doo. Come at me, bro.

  17. Brad says:

    Complain to your employer for giving you a shitty wage. Do not throw your frustration at the customers for having a crappy job. You waiters /waitresses tipping is OPTIONAL. If you don’t like that term, DON’T WORK FOR $2.50 an hour.

  18. tehy says:

    You know, it’s funny how you could make the argument that tipping isn’t necessarily bribing, thus possibly justifying it. And yet, every word typed by these waiters convinces me that it totally is. Saying you won’t give me the best service or w/e if I don’t tip is debatable, but the kind of behavior talked about here is insane. Bringing me my meals when they are ready is your JOB, as is being available to acquire new orders, writing down orders on a piece of paper, et cetera. Spitting in my food or any of that crap is illegal. So often waiters mention ‘free refills’ as a reason to tip; also illegal, and smacks of bribery to commit crimes. Plus, why not just pay for the refills? Why do I have to pay you extra for you to do your JOB? The correct situation would be for you to get paid minimum wage (or whatever you’re really worth), and then we can just pay more for food. Of course, that would lead to you getting paid what you’re actually worth, and you wouldn’t want that, now would you?

    Also, you really sound like a whiny bitch when you talk about cutting lemon wedges as a separate part of the job. Ditto for all that other stuff, some of it is legitimate but mostly it’s just nonsense.

  19. David says:

    So you write a few extra words down with the specifics of how/what somebody wants on their food, and the chef has to prepare it. This warrants a tip? Seems like you’re doing whats in your job description.

    You refill my drinks? Sounds like the job description for the job you are doing. Mcdonalds employees refill my drinks, so that’s not special to the experience and I don’ t see how that deserves a tip. Especially when 90% of the time it would have been more convenient for there to be a machine for me to get my own refills. The refill argument is easily replaced by a fountain pop machine in the dining area.

    You have to deal with the “pissed off cooks” anyway. People in any profession of customer service deals with pissed off people all of the time, but don’t feel entitled to extra wages afterwards.
    You put my “hot” fudge sundae in the microwave for me, and served my “hot fudge sundae” to me hot? That seems like a daunting task to serve a menu item the way it is supposed to be served.

    I never have a shitty attitude at a restaurant, why would I go out to eat while im pissed off or in a bad mood? There are customers who are miserable and will make work harder for you, like any customer service job, get over it.
    The fact you are doing the job of the busboy/custodial team shouldn’t fall on my conscience, but instead the employers paying you a fair wage.

    Im pretty sure it’s common practice for a restaurant to have full salt/pepper shakers, and full condiments. That’s not going above and beyond to provide exceptional service; it’s a basic task which every restaurant does.

    When I want to pay you print off a receipt and bring it to me, another task in your job description while being hired. That is not a special task and nothing to brag about or use as an argument to warrant tips. Most of the time the server brings me a to-go container to my table and I box my leftovers myself, why should they be tipped for that?

    In the past, I worked as a security guard at Medieval Times. I made 10.25/hour and worked 40 hours a week. On top of that I took on many responsibilities of the cleaning staff, and even the bar staff. Cleaners made 14 an hour and I was making 10.25 doing their duties. I would also help the bar clean up at the end of the night, take deliveries at shipping and receiving and set up kegs/store alcohol in the fridges downstairs. Run bottles to them if they were running low, bring drinks to tables sometimes and was in charge of cutting people off when they got too drunk. They made 10.25 PLUS tips, and all I would hear from them is complaining when a table left a 10 dollar tip on a 150 dollar bill. EVERY SINGLE DAY someone would be complaining about it when they just made over a hundred dollars in tips plus 10.25 an hour on a 4 hour shift. They would start after me, leave before me, and walk out of the building with more in tips than I made working my whole shift helping them, plus walked out with an hourly wage equal to mine. And this is Medieval Times, a fixed menu where servers walk with trays and place the same thing on every plate, yet they felt hard done by when they didn’t get a tip over 15%. They didn’t deserve a tip at all.
    15-20 dollars per beer and 60 per meal. Because they decide to charge 20 for a budweiser I should tip 4 dollars on every one of them, when down the street a budweiser is $4. So for the EXACT same product, and, description wise, the EXACT same service I should tip them only a dollar?

    If both were being paid the same (fair) wage, there wouldn’t be a gap in the income of different servers. If tips were used the way they were intended to be (for exceptional service, not just to be treated like a human and served at all) it would benefit way more servers than would be hurt by it. Making a livable wage and then having the public giving OPTIONAL tips would ensure that the majority of servers could survive.

    Servers are the worst people because they complain like they’re so hard done by (because of the public and not their employer) when they’re really just doing whats expected of them in their job description. The fact that tips are expected, or even demanded (by the way servers act) regardless of them going above and beyond their job description makes tipping a terrible practice.

    The all familiar saying now “If you cant afford to tip, don’t go to a restaurant”

    why is that the saying? Why should I not be able to go get basic service when I am glad to pay the listed price? (which is inflated to cover costs of wages/restaurant expenses) I’m really the scum of the earth because your restaurant is charging 700-1000% inflated prices on a shot of alcohol, and I’m expected to also pay your workers wage by paying an additional fee for them doing their job?

    why is the saying not “If you can’t afford to pay a reasonable wage, don’t open a restaurant”
    I’m not saying it is easy being a server, but the difficulty of your job should not be a reason for me to pay you more than I have to. A lot of jobs are hard, and require a hell of a lot more experience than it takes to be a server yet they’re getting paid fair wages and not relying on the consumer to pay extra than the marked price.

    Servers can shift the blame to the public for not coming in and dropping 20% extra on their bill instead of blaming the person who makes them rely on that 20%, but it just makes servers look like whiny, ungrateful and narrow minded people to me.
    I have never met a server who doesn’t complain about tips at every chance possible, even when some are making more than $150+ for 4 hours of work. I’d love to see them find another job with the level of experience/education they have where they can make a wage like that.
    Id imagine that most of the time the ones complaining about how their wages rely on tips are the ones who are making more money than somebody with a job like that should, and would make less money if they were offered a fair wage. You hate me for not tipping, instead of hating that you have to rely on tips because your employer pons the responsibility of paying you a livable wage on the consumer. That is why there are people doing the exact same job (maybe even easier), but because they’re prettier, or at a more expensive restaurant, they’re able to live off of tips and you cant. And that’s apparently my fault.

    Tipping should be for above and beyond service, not for the very basic service provided by any restaurant (getting refills, writing down what somebody wants/doesn’t want/allergies, being friendly to me, smiling and not looking miserable, and bringing me the bill)
    I’d much rather put a tip directly in the pocket of the chef who cooked me my meal (the reason for going out, not to interact with a server), than to give it to somebody just relaying me the thing I am there for. You don’t tip the FedEX dude ontop of shipping and handling prices for bringing you the package you ordered. Instead, im forced to feel obligated to tip the server who gives like 1% of that to the chef.

    I bet if restaurants gave the option of offering a Tip section or a No tip section, in which there is a machine to get your own refills, a computer to punch in your own order at your table, and a window to pick up your meal when it is finished being cooked and you pay on your way out, it would flourish. It would probably destroy the service industry once employers realized that it’s not only quicker, but also a lot cheaper and safer for liability suits.

    I know everybody is programmed to hate me due to my view on tipping, and I am aware that I’m going to hear it from servers who have misplaced hatred and play the victim. Get mad at the laws, the employers and workers rights before you get mad at somebody who has no obligation to make sure you can make a living off of your job.

  20. John Snow says:

    The restaurant is required to pay their employees AT LEAST minimum wage no matter how much they made in tips. So when I don’t tip, more of your salery comes from your employer like its supposed to. Let’s not forget what a tip is, it’s supposed to be a totally voluntary gift to the service workers who do a really good job. Not a hidden fee. And frankly, if your work ethic is so poor that you would go out of your way to inconvenience a person who chooses not to gift you extra money, you don’t deserve it at all! There is a strange sense of entitlement that plagues wait staff these days.

  21. Kat says:

    Oh trust me we all have.

    But I can complain about you assholes who come in to eat, and expect for me to be your own personal servant. No matter what my wage, I’m not a personal servant, nor will I ever be treated like one.

    Or the people who are nasty, rude, and overall enjoying making my good day turn into a completely shitty one.

    Oh and tipping is optional. If you would come into my workplace, not tip me, even though I gave you great service, and you came back in again on a different day, then it is my option whether to give you good service, or service at all. People like you will never get a refill, checked up on, I will intentionally give you a fucked up order… Oh dessert? Nope since I will not go anywhere near your table, nor will any of my coworkers. Nobody will help you, and if you walk over to us, we will smirk, laugh, and ignore you. And when you get up and leave, we will stand there and laugh at you. Everyone seems to forget the golden rule of don’t piss off the people that handle your food. ((Oh and the best part is that I will have already gone to my boss, and told her what was going on, and she would support us, and not listen to any of your complaints! And will outright say, well if you had tipped her last time…))

  22. Kevin says:

    Couldn’t agree more

  23. ummm bro? says:

    “DON’T WORK FOR $2.50 an hour.” Are you fucking serious? If you actually assume people have a choice then you are a spoiled brat who was handed everything in life. People have to take what is on offer….dying of pneumonia under a bridge is not a survival strategy….thats what happens to most Americans (not the kind whose mommies and daddies paid for everything…like you) who decide they are not going to work because the only thing on offer is still poverty level pay.

  24. loly says:

    hi Kat,

    you make waiting sound like some scientific job that demands talents and skills. almost every job that demands customer service require human interaction and invlove complains. not everyone gets a tip. you took a $2 an hour job. deal with it

  25. loly says:

    you sound like you hate doing your job. please quit. I do not get a tip where I work. There are good days and bad days, but that is life. I like what I do so I continue to do with a smile on my face and with no tip

  26. tehy says:

    All wait staff seem to forget the golden rule of DO YOUR JOBS.

    You people think you’re fucking gods? That’s fine, I’ll find another pantheon, and by that I mean restaurant.

    And no, don’t tell me every wait staff acts like this. See, your boss is clearly more interested in being ‘cool’ then maintaining her job (or keeping herself financially afloat, if she is the owner). Some restaurants actually realise that keeping on petty staff more obsessed with tips than anything else hurts your business, since those are PAYING CUSTOMERS. I’ll give my custom to them, instead.

  27. Marie says:

    No, see, you dont have that right. Yes, tipping is optional, SERVICE from a SERVICE PROFESSIONAL (so called, in your case) is NOT optional, it is your JOB. And i say this having been on both sides of the issue, and actually being a good tipper AND a good server. You are not a good server, you are an entitled, spoiled brat, from what you have posted, and your manager is stealing from her employer (or maybe just herself if she owns the place, thats on her) by letting you behave this way towards the customers. You should grow up a little and admit that people like me, who give excellent tips, even when the service is sub par (i always assume you are having a bad day, had a family crisis, are coming down with something, whatever, maybe poor servers should let us know ahead of time so we can tip accordingly, just as some (maybe you?) have suggested poor tippers do. Oh and that whole “to insure prompt service” thing, you know thats a myth right? It used to be called a “gratuity” and still is on most official paperwork, because if someone is GRATEFUL that you have served them well, they may give you a gratuity. You should check your privilege.

    Here is a “tip” for your edification, and that of every nitwit on this board who spouts the “to (e)nsure prompt service” nonsense… http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/tip.asp

  28. David says:

    I would run my bill up and not pay it, then see whos laughing when it comes out of your cheque

  29. brittnee says:

    Hahaha I find this hilarious, I make anywhere from $15-
    $45 an hour where I work serving tables, I bust my ass and deal with drunk shit people all the time, but do I complain? I work for 5hours and walk with $300 don’t be mad cuz your bachelor’s degree makes you less than I do, ahhh awe :( and just speaking on my behalf if you tip me bad or not at all, I just feel sorry for you. that you can have me as your own personal slave,and revert back to the olden days. I deserve your tip. And if I don’t get it ? I smile and am thankful for the people who do. Xoxoxo go fuck yourself guy

  30. brendon says:

    No please don’t. Just stay home. It’s obvious this stuff is way over your head.

  31. erwt says:

    I like your attitude, brittnee :) You do your job regardless of whom don’t tip you. You see that you deserve tip even if someone else might not share this vision with you but you do your job in which you were hired. You don’t use a stupid logic like, I’ll spit on your food or drink if you don’t tip me. You don’t use stupid logic like my employer is not responsible for my wages but the society is, and they should empathize with my poorly paid job and therefore tip well. You know your job is to serve and you’re thankful to whom tipping although you’re not well behaved I see from your language.. but again maybe this is one qualification that suits some bad customers!!

  32. brittnee says:

    Remember my poor non-tipping customers, I deserve your tip and if I don’t get it, You all deserve to get fucked. Xoxoxo

  33. Ali says:

    @brittnee
    You don’t deserve a tip AT ALL. IT IS YOUR JOB TO SERVE REGARDLESS IF YOU’RE TIPPED OR NOT. Why? Because you were HIRED by THE RESTAURANT to SERVE. They are the ones who PAY YOU. Not the customers. Tipping is just extra and OPTIONAL. This whole “I deserve to be tipped even though I’m suppose to be doing my job” is ridiculous.

    If I don’t want to tip. I won’t. I didn’t hire the server, the restaurant did. I just pay the food. THAT IS ALL I’M REQUIRED TO DO. Nothing more.

  34. Jess says:

    @Ali, slavery is out the door my friend. A servers job is to bring your food out, everything else they do is extra so why wouldnt they deserve extra? There have been times where I’ve left my restaurant because we were out of something that my customers were in the mood for, such as tea etc. This sure as hell wasn’t in my job description, and I wasnt reimbursed for this action by my employer because going the extra mile isn’t in the job description. Our employer basically pays us for the minimum effort if anything, everything else we do isnt in our job description but you seem to be all for slavery so have at it. (:

  35. tehy says:

    You’re getting paid.

    Money.

    Please, explain to me how that’s slavery exactly?

    It’s great that you’re going the extra mile to make the customer happy. Many employees do that. They don’t expect or get tips or rewards from management, just job satisfaction (and return customers.)

    Why should you be different, exactly?

  36. tehy says:

    You are literally getting paid money in a job you can leave at any time.

    So basically, no resemblance to slavery at all.

    He’s not required to pay you jack, the restaurant itself is required to do that, and we all want waiters to just get paid a normal wage.

    But hey, as long as you bring something like slavery into the argument, maybe you can muddle the issues enough to pretend like you’re not wrong, right?

    To digress here, good for you. Plenty of employees do stuff like that. They don’t expect or get tips or rewards from management. What they do get is satisfaction and return customers. Why should you be any different?

  37. tehy says:

    well the first comment didn’t appear to go through

    so yeah, please just delete the first one

  38. Julie says:

    Yes, tipping is optional. Yes, waitresses/waiters do not get paid enough an hour. And yes, they agree to work with these standards because the majority of people tip them well. This is because the people who tip well are decent humans. People who do not tip because they think they’re “above” wait staff are simply assholes. And not people I’d ever want to associate with. You not tipping the wait staff reflects far more on you than it does on them. Stop being such a stingy, uptight dick and try to do something nice for someone else. Jesus, this article was beyond pathetic.

  39. Anthony says:

    It’s not “our bosses don’t pay us enough,” it’s that servers get paid $2.13 an hour. This is a FEDERAL server wage, and it’s not something the employer can simple change. THAT is why servers don’t come running to their boss because their hourly isn’t good enough. When you go into a restaurant in the U.S. (it’s not like this everywhere, but no one cares what it’s like in another country – this is the reality in THIS country), you should be preparing to tip. It’s not a common courtesy thing. It’s the reality of going to dine in a restaurant – your waitstaff is doing FAR more than simply taking your order and bringing it to you when it’s complete.

    They do just as much sidework as most other hourly paid jobs. They clean, restock, deal with hundreds of guests daily, answer questions, and maintain knowledge of their product/services, among MANY other things. The difference? In a normal hourly job where those things are pretty standard labor chores, they get paid next to nothing per hour. When you go to a restaurant, you aren’t just paying for food. You’re paying for SERVICE as well. You may not like that you have to pay the worker to work, but when you go into a restaurant, you are basically acting as their ‘boss.’ They provide service for YOU so that YOU are satisfied with your experience. If you just want food, there’s a grocery store full of it. You can buy it yourself, prepare it exactly how you want, and then enjoy it at your convenience. But a restaurant isn’t a grocery store. You’re paying not only for food, but for convenience. You’re being paid to be brought everything you want without lifting a pinky. The least you could do while being as lazy as you are is appreciate the service that’s being given to you, and REWARD the person that is allowing you to be so lazy.

  40. Jess says:

    I get the impression you’re not rich or important. I’ve never heard of a Scott miller, therefore you’re nobody of interest or value. And to think anyone even wants to serve you makes me laugh; trust me, I wouldn’t feel honored at all, probably sorry for you, if you’re lucky (:

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