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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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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  1. Camilla says:

    I think that the restaurant should pay waitress’s/waiters at least minimum wage, in fact it’s hard to believe the whole “they only get paid 2-4 bucks by their employer” statements that are going around. But if I was a waitress I would know that my job when you walk in is to seat you, take down your orders; along with any changes to them you would like. Then deliver the orders to the waiter, bring you your food when it’s ready and bring the bill when your done. That is our whole interaction between you and me that is REQUIRED as a waitress. However if you are rude to me or don’t tip me at least something then the next time you come back I will not smile or be friendly, i will not come to your table and ask if you need something however I won’t ignore you if you do call me over or purposely mess up the order like Kat would do. Your table priority will be definitely lower the tables who do tip and act friendly, they will come first before you. in conclusion no you should not pay for a waitress’s job but if you aren’t friendly or give at least something as a tip then a waitress will not go above their job description for you.

    • Jimbo says:

      I like your philosophy. Tipping should be optional and based off the performance of the employee. Society has everyone thinking they are obligated to give at least 15-20%. I used to give in that range regardless of the waitresses performance, until I got wise. I usually dine alone and might get one refill if that so I’m easy to please. If a waitress checks on me and gives me that refill then that’s decent service that’ll get a tip. However if I don’t get checked on at least once and have to hunt the waitress down just to get my check after waiting 20 minutes for it, then ya I won’t leave anything…and this happens more often then you’d think.

      It’s kinda like the newspaper boy. If you live in the boonies then your going to get your paper at the end of the driveway. If you want it on the porch then you should have to tip for that extra service.

  2. Tyler says:

    1. The reason you don’t tip is cause you need a better paying job not the server.

    2. I’ve cleared $1000 in a week before serving so why would I quit or look for a new job?

    3. Tend a 6top 3x 4 tops and a 2 top simultaneously and say it’s easy lol you wouldn’t stand a chance

    4. We aren’t pretending to be your friend it’s good people treating people right. (You should try it)

    5. People like you is why McDonalds has a value menu

  3. Chad says:

    I’m assuming whoever wrote this article would be at least somewhat familiar with the business side of restaurants, but sadly, it is clear to see that this person has not the slightest idea. Allow me to educate. I’ve been in the restaurant business for over 7 years, I’ve held every position from dishwasher to line cook, server to bartender, as well as management positions. Labor cost and food cost are the biggest problems restaurants face. Typically, you want to keep your food cost below 30%, and labor cost below 25%. So if a restaurant sells $100 worth of food, but pays $25 in labor to its employees, and the basic commodities to make the food costs $30, then the remaining $45 is for the restaurant. Factor in benefits and payroll taxes, as well as electric/gas/internet/phone/rent/mortgage for the space, it comes out to be much less. Tipping is a form of etiquette, it is not mandatory. In this life I have learned that the best investment has nothing to do with money. I invest in people. As a food server at a higher end restaurant attracting the local country club clientele, I am given a huge incentive to provide exceptional service. That said, while tipping is a form of etiquette as I just stated, it is also an incentive for me to give a fuck about you. Now, you might have multiple opinions on whether or not that is fair or if you agree with it, the bottom line is that’s just the way it is. Deal with it. If you don’t like it, try moving to another country, or you can continue your inane practice of saying “fuck the system,” like some black-clothing-clad teenager chain smoking cigarettes desperately pleading for attention on a blog website no one gives a shit about. To complain that you have to go to a restaurant, sit on your ass and do nothing, whinge over the misery of having to communicate with a complete stranger in order to get your food and further justifying why you shouldn’t tip someone who does everything for you aside from shaking your tiny needle dick when your done taking a piss has to be the dumbest shit I’ve ever read in my life.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Jess says:

    I got the needle, when we doing this ladies?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Ren says:

    You will be fired so fast.

  10. Jake says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Rudy says:

    All of the things you mentioned are already part of your job description. News flash: in most civilized countries waiting staff do everything you do, receive a fair wage from their employer, and don’t expect tips. Don’t expect customers to make up for the fact that restaurants don’t pay their staff properly.

    Like you said, you do have a real job. As real as any other. And you deserve to get paid for it. BY YOUR EMPLOYER. You don’t tip the tech support guy who fixes your internet. You don’t tip the UPS delivery guy. You don’t tip the teacher at your children’s school. You don’t tip the mall security guard. And you shouldn’t have to tip waiters/taxi drivers/bellboys/whatever.

    I wait tables at a restaurant. I do pretty much everything you do. The difference? I get paid 12 euros an hour to provide proper service, because I don’t live in a country that’s still stuck in ancient history.

  17. OMFG says:

    Dude you serious? That’s your fucking job. Just do it. If you want tips, which by the way are not ‘to ensure proper service’ but rather defined as “a sum of money given to someone as a reward for their services”, are meant to be optional. They’re “given to someone as a reward”. As a “REWARD”. If you’re not doing extra, you don’t get tips, aight? The doctor doesn’t get tips for dealing with shit patients. The guy working behind the complaints counter doesn’t get tipped for listening to pissed off people. We. Aren’t. Made. Of. Money. You of all people should understand that.
    “If you don’t tip me, don’t expect good service.” I mean, are you really serious? You’re job is to provide good, tangible service to the customers, who I don’t know if you understand, are paying your bills? I mean come on. It should be, “If you want a tip, give me good service.” not the other way around. Imagine. The next time you give shit service because someone didn’t tip you, well you just lost customers that probably don’t want to come back because of your shit attitude. Which means, less money, less wages, etc, etc.
    You’re in the service world, just do your fucking job. God. You don’t see other careers complaining about how little in tips they get. Retail doesn’t get tip, they’re in service. Teachers don’t get tips, social workers don’t get tips. The janitor at my school doesn’t get tips. You should count yourself lucky that you do get tips.

  18. jelly says:

    Preach! This I so true. People dont see the effort we make. We have to be nice and friendly all the time to them and they respong rudely…

  19. Linda says:

    Don’t forget filling ketchups and mustards, rolling silverware, cleaning up after everyone’s bratty kids, making sure all the stations are cleaned so these assholes food isn’t contaminated, and most common cleaning up/ vacuuming up the paper napkin someone tore up and threw all over.

  20. Jimmy says:

    Your “job” sounds like it takes no thought or skill. You blackmail me into service as well. Yes cutting lemons and writing things on paper to pass to the chef is “work” for you. Good job on the rest of the things, they were chores (no paid) I learned to do when i was 5. You muct be very proud of yourself.

  21. Coy says:

    Thank You Kat…they have no Idea.. What kind of skill set… You need to be a waiter. Let this cheap people choke someday. :-)

  22. 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…))

  23. Kevin says:

    Couldn’t agree more

  24. 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.

  25. Stefan Paul says:

    And if you don’t like tipping, at least be man enough to inform your server before you order anything, so he or she knows going in to the experience that he or she will be working for no financial reward. Seriously, you people go to restaurants knowing full well you’re not going tip; yet, you won’t give your server the same courtesy. As such, you know you’re going to get their best service and you don’t have to provide anything in return. If you don’t like tipping, tell them ahead of time, & then see how good your service is. If you can’t man up & do that, go out to dinner somewhere they don’t have servers.

  26. Stefan Paul says:

    Oh yeah, Brad? Then be a man & tell your server about your typing beliefs ahead of time. That way they can give you the corresponding service.

  27. anthony says:

    Yes, tipping is optional, and yes bringing you your food is our job and that’s what were paid for. What we don’t have to do is give a shit about you, but we do because 99% of waiters take a lot of pride in giving great service and making sure you’re evening out is the best it can be. That’s what you’re paying for in a tip, the service and experience. If you don’t tip, then don’t expect good, friendly service because you didn’t pay for it, we will do what the restaurant pays us $2.30 an hour to do, which is take your order and run your food. It’s not blackmail, we’re just like every one else and don’t want to work for free. If you’re not going to tip and honestly have a real problem with it, then tell you’re server when they great you. If you don’t have the balls to do that, then you don’t really have an objection to it, besides being a cheap piece of fuck.

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. David says:

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

  33. Ros says:

    So, if a customer doesn’t leave a tip, which is optional in the first place, you will not do your job. A job your employer pays your for?

  34. Matt says:

    Blackmail is always a great way to get people to do what you want…

  35. V says:

    I would call your manager, you would get fired, and I would probably get sent a gift card in the mail. In reality, this is how your scenario would work out. Just saying.

  36. harold says:

    “service sector” = “servant”, that’s what you are, deal with it. and giving a fucked up order? then i will not only not be paying, I’ll be ensuring that it comes out of your paycheck.

  37. Noone says:

    Haha really man?

    You would refuse to do your job because a third party refuses to “pay” you.
    That’s some nonsense, people don’t have to tip, it’s for exceptional service. I almost always tip but i once had a waitress that forgot i ordered desert. Then she was wondering why i didn’t tip. I mean come on…

  38. 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

  39. brendon says:

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

  40. 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!!

  41. 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

  42. youve says:

    I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU PEOPLE FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE OUR “PERSONAL SLAVE.” FUCK! YOU DON’T FUCKING HAVE TO! Look, serving people FOOD is not being a “personal slave.” IF they ask for ANYTHING MORE than you serving their food, you can fucking complain. That’s fine. But when you think you’ve been ENSLAVED to serve food, there are a couple of things that come into my mind:

    1) You probably shouldn’t work. But look, you’re still working, because you get a lot of money for it.
    2) Don’t deal with shit other thank serving food. Period. ITS THAT FUCKING EASY.

    Good day.

  43. Lip says:

    If i could have you as my own “personal slave” I could get you to suck my dick during my stay at your restaurant. Thats about the only thing you’d do during that day that would warrant 45 dollars an hour. bitch.

  44. dan says:

    I wonder how much of that gets reported to the IRS.

  45. destiny says:

    If you make that much money an hour you shouldn’t sound so bitter towards those who choose not to tip you.

  46. Ali says:

    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.

  47. 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. (:

  48. Someone says:

    Meany Head. They could spit in your food or kill you in your sleep by tracking your mean bum down.
    Butt Face.

  49. tehy says:

    You’re getting paid.


    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?

  50. 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?

  51. youve says:

    It all boils down to the system having a problem. The fact that you have to do that extra but not be paid for it is a shame. But one cannot rely solely on the customer to give you tips, and have them say “Oh of course, I understand the pain you are going through, I’m so sorry for you. Here, have more money.” You should expect that the waiter/waitress job is entitled to these kinds of services. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE NOT BEING PAID THE AMOUNT YOU DESERVE, THEN YOU MAKE THE CHANGE IN YOUR WORKPLACE. That is not something the customer has to worry about when they walk in after a long day at work with their own problems to think about.

  52. tehy says:

    well the first comment didn’t appear to go through

    so yeah, please just delete the first one

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. Pandora says:

    Sir/madam. You are inconsiderate. I am not a server, but a hostess/busser. I have two jobs to pay for my schooling to “get a real job” pay all my bills including a $700 rent (with a roommate that pays the same if not a bit more) I Work for minimum wage because I’m 19 and have to. I don’t want this job. I come home and my knees are swollen. I do not eat for eight to nine hours. I do not (am not allowed) to sit down. I do everything a server does other than taking the order and get 2% (for hosting) or 10% FOR bussing of their tips. For minimum wage. I am lucky with tips if I make $750 a month. So by stiffing the servers you are actually really hurting me.

  56. 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 (:

  57. bhagwad says:

    You mean there’s a law against restaurants paying their waiters a minimum wage? Shocking!

    Also remember that employers are also required by law to make up at least minimum wage to their employees if tips don’t cover it.

  58. 1 says:

    Look. If you have a problem with us customers not giving you an award for your services. Please. Go take this problem to the federal court. We only want to eat. We appreciate your “extra” services, but so long as carrying your job out is concerned, we think they are all extra. We want food in our stomachs, and your job should only entail you delivering us our food. That is it. If you think that printing out the receipt, decorating our plates, and cutting up lemon slices to be placed on our water cups is extra service, you should probably talk to your employer and consult the federal system about that. We thank you, but that is not necessary. And I understand that the expectation on the level of service has risen a bit, because the customers themselves believe that they are entitled to extreme service – those who think that they need that lemon slice, or they will sue. They have been spoiled to the point of no return, and there is no obligation on your part to bring them back a sense of humbleness that they get to eat in the first place. You should certainly not feel like you are enslaved when you are working. And we don’t know your circumstances that brought yourself to take on the job of being a waiter or waitress. But please don’t place the blame on the customer simply because they don’t tip. It is simply their choice, and it is optional, like most of you admitted. You are absolutely not entitled to feel offended when they do this, per it being optional. We know you are having a hard time making living wages, but it is true that you are paid a minimum higher than 2 dollars in the case that you are not paid your tips. If we believe that you have certainly gone out of your way to make sure everything is comfortable for us, we thank you, even if it was not necessarily for those who did not ask for such service. But please don’t expect anything. We did’t ask for it.

  59. JustWow says:

    Uhmmm…your boss CAN pay you as much as they choose. There’s no law against paying more than minimum.

  60. Krystle says:

    What everyone seems to be forgetting is that if servers were paid minimum wage the cost of your meal would triple and you wouldn’t get good service just for the simple fact there would be less staff on the floor. TIP means ” to insure promptness ” and I’ve been doing it for 12 years and it is hard work. Its not as simple as taking an order and walking away. Hey if its busy your not getting a break. Hell I’m lucky if in a 12 hour period if I get to go to the bathroom a couple times. We work when sick because theres no sick time. No health benefits. Not to mention we’re working in a time were no matter what the job your lucky to have one. And hey if there weren’t servers who’s gonna bring you your water with lemon and your meal because your ass is to lazy to cook. So your knocking on tipping why because YOU don’t wanna cook. Its very simple don’t like tipping then either A. Get fast food or B. Cook your own food and serve you own dumbass

  61. J Young says:

    If you believe that you’re an idiot!

  62. Joe says:

    Do you even know what minimum wage for tipped employees is? it is 2.13/hr. that is the Federal Minimum Wage. look it up. you know what else. even with inflation, that number has not changed since the 80’s. Just imagine for a brief moment that you were starting a new job at the 80’s minimum wage of 3.35/hr and you still needed to make your current monthly rent, feed yourself with today’s food prices, and pay bills to keep your heat and electricity running. that is assuming you do not have anything such as student loans or children to worry about. I will agree. Servers today are lucky. they are lucky that most people in this country are not like you and do tip well. in a small town at a family restaurant I was lucky to make 60 dollars on a slow night for a long 8 hour shift that is 7.50/hr in case you need the help with math. on a busy night for that same shift, which happens rarely in a small town, i am lucky to make more than 120 in one night which is 15.00/hr. add to all of that small business can not afford to keep their employees more than 28 hours because they would be forced to purchase health insurance for them weather they could afford it or not. so at the end of any given week after taxes, and after living expenses, I have roughly 100-150 dollars by the end of the week. I have to work 3 jobs just to pay bills. this is not what I will be doing with my life, but it is the reality of it. granted this is just small town experience talking. I hear serving in the cities can be extremely lucrative.

  63. Brittany says:

    No, you’re actually incorrect. Restaurants are not required to pay their waitresses and waiters at least minimum wage. Most of them make between $2.50 and $3.00 an hour, leaving them with virtually no paycheck after taxes. They RELY on tips as their source of income. Unfortunately this is the way it is in the US. I would also prefer not to tip someone for “doing their job” but that it is how it is in the US and therefore I tip when I eat out. If you’re not going to tip then don’t eat out, it’s as simple as that.

  64. youve says:

    WRONG. TIP does NOT mean “to insure promptness.” That’s where your education has served you incorrectly.

    noun: tip; plural noun: tips
    a sum of money given to someone as a reward for their services. <—- THIS.
    synonyms: gratuity, baksheesh; More
    verb: tip; 3rd person present: tips; past tense: tipped; past participle: tipped; gerund or present participle: tipping
    give (someone) a sum of money as a way of rewarding them for their services. <—— THIS.
    "I tipped her five dollars"

  65. harold says:

    1) no it wouldnt increase the cost “triple”.
    2) your service is already shit
    3) your own damned choice

    no sick time? no health benefits? not my problem, take it up with management.

  66. tehy says:

    What everyone seems to be forgetting is that if servers were paid minimum wage the cost of your meal would triple

    HOW? Holy shit, this keeps getting explained again, and again, and again. How the hell could tips, which usually take at the most 20% of your meal, being taken away, triple the prices? Jesus fucking christ.

    and you wouldn’t get good service just for the simple fact there would be less staff on the floor.

    Prices triple AND there are less staff on the floor? Are you fucking insane

    TIP means ” to insure promptness ” and I’ve been doing it for 12 years and it is hard work.

    Insure as in insurance? I guess that works in a twisted way but the word you’re looking for is ENsure, like make sure it happens.

    Its not as simple as taking an order and walking away.

    …because you walk back with the food? does that even qualify as difficult?

    Hey if its busy your not getting a break. Hell I’m lucky if in a 12 hour period if I get to go to the bathroom a couple times. We work when sick because theres no sick time. No health benefits. Not to mention we’re working in a time were no matter what the job your lucky to have one.

    Then your employer should provide all those things. But i bet he doesn’t and no one complains, because you’re getting huge money from tips without having any real job skills. Don’t see how bad job market is relevant here, because you can’t get another one? As if you couldn’t have in 12 years. I bet you stayed because again, no skills but big money.

    And hey if there weren’t servers who’s gonna bring you your water with lemon and your meal because your ass is to lazy to cook. So your knocking on tipping why because YOU don’t wanna cook.

    Are you trying to say the waiters cooked the food? If not, i’d be fine personally with bringing the food to my table myself. I do think there are people who wouldn’t do it because they’re used to having waiters, but in a few years it’d be the norm and no one would complain-especially because of the cheap prices.

    Its very simple don’t like tipping then either A. Get fast food or B. Cook your own food and serve you own dumbass

    Or C:don’t tip at all?

  67. bobby rags says:

    I work as a waiter and have been for the past 18 years. This is a profession I choose to engage in….my friends, it is not your civil duty to tip us. I totally respect your views, but don’t dehumanize us….I have a college degree as well, which does not elevate me to status of god almighty…..my sole purpose is to make peoples dining experience pleasurable. Fortunately there are people who like to tip regardless of the cultural norms or customs….I personally observed many europeans accepting tips, as I lived there for 8 years….and tipping is not widely suggested…for those of you complaining about not getting tipped….stop worrying. Do your job and good things will happen for you. Don’t be concerned with clients who don’t tip, as it is there right my friends. Please treat them with at least the same respect as you would any other guest or client

  68. Rudy says:

    In most parts of the world waiting staff get paid properly. And they do the same work, and try to provide the same excellent service. Not for tips, but because it’s part of the damn job.

    If most civilized countries can get this right, so can the U.S. (if it weren’t still stuck in ancient history). You don’t tip your children’s school teachers, you don’t tip the tech support guy who fixes your internet, you don’t tip the UPS guy who delivers your package, you don’t tip the garbage man. And there’s no need to tip waiting staff.

    It’s not about being ‘above’ anyone. It’s about people who work a job, ANY job, getting paid for what they’re supposed to do, BY THEIR EMPLOYER.

  69. SD Houston says:

    Actually, this is correct. TIP = To Insure Prompt service.
    This was well before tips were the norm. This started when customers would occasionally throw their waiter/waitress a couple of extra bucks when they first sat down in hopes that he or she would give them extra attention.

    Eventually it started becoming more common, enough that the IRS started seeing it and realizing that it could be considered a taxable form of income.

    So, now you see what we have here today.

  70. Rachel says:

    you really have no idea that the tip-earners minimum wage is 2.13, and most of that goes to taxes right? so if nobody tips, watiresses don’t get paid. That’s slavery my friend.

  71. Lip says:

    *clap clap* How clever, Jim. You hit the nail on the head with that one… I’ll give you a tip, but only the tip ;)

  72. Lip says:

    Actually it’s not correct, unless you’re working for teps (to ENSURE prompt service)

    arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss of (property), or injury to or the death of (someone), in exchange for regular advance payments to a company or government agency.
    “the table should be insured for $2,500″
    provide insurance coverage with respect to.
    “subsidiaries set up to insure the risks of a group of companies”
    synonyms: provide insurance for, indemnify, cover, assure, protect, underwrite; More
    secure or protect someone against (a possible contingency).
    “by appeasing Celia they might insure themselves against further misfortune”


    make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case.
    “the client must ensure that accurate records be kept”
    synonyms: make sure, make certain, see to it; More
    make certain of obtaining or providing (something).
    “she would ensure him a place in society”
    synonyms: secure, guarantee, assure, certify, safeguard, set the seal on, clinch, entrench
    “legislation to ensure equal opportunities for all”
    make sure that (a problem) shall not occur.

    Basic English.

  73. V says:

    That sounds like a personal problem, but it’s not mine. Your employer will make up the wages, so I could care less if you don’t go home with my extra change jingling in your pocket. You’re covered, so I really don’t care.

  74. JustWow says:

    “he or she will be working for no financial reward.”

    Servers make at least minimum wage.

  75. destiny says:

    Your job is to provide quality service regardless if you get tipped so why would someone who doesn’t intend on tipping you tell you that ahead of time?

  76. Bob says:

    So basically unless I give you extra money to the point where YOU’RE satisfied, you’re not going to put your best effort into YOUR JOB?? If that’s how most waiters think then that’s probably why they landed up at those jobs in the first place. If you’re not willing to give it your best in your desired career path then you’re going to get nowhere. On top of that instead of trying to fix your work ethic and twisted sense of entitlement you’re going to complain that we don’t tip you? Why don’t you work your ass off to satisfy customers not expecting to get tips, be pleasently suprised when you get tipped and work your way up to manager or something. My father once knew a guy that came to this country to provide for his family, started working as a janitor for one mcdonalds and now he owns 14 of them. All because of he knew he wasn’t entitled to shit and had to work for it. If you give me average service, I give you a small tip (not even near 15%), if you give me great service I give you around 15%. If it’s anything beyond great I’ll tip accordingly however the definition of this is not just “doing your job” you gotta do things that is above and beyond your job description. Frankly I know how hard I work for my wage and I’m not about to give it directly to someone for just “doing their job” especially when their job is extremely easy once you’ve done anything else. Think you guys have to deal with a lot at restaurants, try medicine, law, or the corporate world and then you’ll know what it means to deal with assholes.

  77. JustWow says:

    Apparently trying to shame people (on the internet) is too.

  78. JustWow says:

    Minor correction. Kat took a job that paid at least minimum wage.

  79. wow says:

    Lol you have no power to do that, you pathetic, sad, little man. Plus, servers don’t really get a paycheck anyway, so have fun taking from nothing, you ignorant twat of a human being. Also, have fun proving that it was your server that did anything to your food! Odds are no one would get fired just because one asshole complained. A server at a restaurant is way more beneficial to have than one customer. See ya!

  80. tehy says:

    You seem to have some super inflated sense of your worth here. I don’t need to prove… anything. Think about it from the perspective from a restaurant manager. You could ignore the complaint, and lose a possible lifelong customer, as well as lose his friends and family as customers as well, and risk backlash from negative reviews on yelp, his story spreading throughout the community, etc.

    Or you could get rid of a minumum-wage, minimally trained worker in a high-demand job who might also be spitting in people’s food.

    Gee, i wonder which is the better course of action…?

    Here’s a fun saying for all you TIPS morons-the customer is always right <3

  81. Stop the BS says:

    That’s not true. By law the restaurant owners have to make sure their staff are paid at least the Federal minimum wage which is $7.25. If your $2.13 wage and tips don’t add up, then the managers have to make up the difference to ensure that you ARE getting the same minimum wage as everyone else. The reason why a waiter would still be making $2.13/hr is if they were making MORE than the standard minimum wage of $7.25 for the hours they worked. So NO you are not slaves. If you were not making any money, you wouldn’t keep working there for free so please stop with all the lies. If you’re not making as much as you’d like there are plenty of other jobs that do not even require a degree that pay more money and offer benefits.

  82. Matt says:

    David, if you run your bill up and not pay it.. that is a felony. We would call the cops and you would be arrested and forced to pay your bill and or court costs. I think your logic needs a good ass whooping to remember how to think straight.

  83. Matt says:

    If you run up a bill and refuse to pay it, that is a felony. We call the cops, you get arrested and then you have to pay the bill and court costs. Clearly you have a well defined grasp on logic and reality.

  84. Jake says:

    Brittany, I support tipping, but they’re right. A restaurant is required, by federal law, to make the difference up, if the waitstaff have not made at least $7.25(after tips) per hour each paycheck. If they aren’t, they’re breaking federal law, which I have no doubt some employers do.

  85. Anthony says:

    Yes, tipping is optional, and yes bringing you your food is our job and that’s what were paid for. What we don’t have to do is give a shit about you, but we do because 99% of waiters take a lot of pride in giving great service and making sure you’re evening out is the best it can be. That’s what you’re paying for in a tip, the service and experience. If you don’t tip, then don’t expect good, friendly service because you didn’t pay for it, we will do what the restaurant pays us $2.30 an hour to do, which is take your order and run your food. It’s not blackmail, we’re just like every one else and don’t want to work for free. If you’re not going to tip and honestly have a real problem with it, then tell you’re server when they great you. If you don’t have the balls to do that, then you don’t really have an objection to it, besides being a cheap piece of fuck.

  86. Meg says:

    Tips servers make significantly less than minimum wage, depending on where you live. In most states, it’s $2.13 an hour. I once received a paycheck for $0.01 after taxes and social security had been taken out.


  87. Stifler says:

    Society places little to no value on waitresses. Hopefully now you can see how worthless this job really is. I’m not going to tip you for doing your job

  88. Marie says:

    omg.. really??? They expect you to be POLITE and do your JOB???? absurd. And yes Meg.. you got a tiny check.. how much was stuffed into your apron pockets??? you people cant make up your minds whether you make so much money us peons should be jealous, or so little that we should feel sorry for you, but i suspect it has a lot to do with attitde and what particular part of town and type of restaraunt you work in. I was a small town waitress at Pizza hut, with a good attitude and a good work ethic. I didnt make stellar wages (2.13 an hour plus tips, averaged between 35 and 50 bucks a night tips, which netted me around 8 dollars an hour, i considered it fair considering the economy, the small town, and the fact that this was 20 some years ago) but i made enough to get by, and frankly, thats what a waitress or waiter is SUPPOSED TO DO. it is NOT supposed to be a “living wage” or a “career” it is supposed to be something to help you get through college or fund a teenager’s “extras” not support a family. It is sad when someone has to resort to waiting tables to survive when there is more than one mouth to feed, but that is not the fault of the diners or the industry, its just life, and life isnt fair. Tip what you can afford, dont be stingy, but you shouldnt be expected to pay the entire tuition in one shot, if a waiter is working hard enough to earn her pay he or she should be turning over several tables an hour, so even if each table only leaves 5 or 10 dollars its still a good hourly wage, a dollar, not so much. On one hand the tips are so wildly variable that its like a lottery, highly dependant on where you live and what sorts of places you apply to, along with other, less tangible things. Attractive people will be tipped more than the unattractive, women more then men, and upscale restaraunts because of the ridiculous ties to amount of cost rather than amount of effort, will get more than family style, where conversely, the waitstaff will have more, often MUCH more to do, thanks to messy little diners. Unfortunately these are also the places where average people without a ton of disposable income will go to celebrate small milestones in their average little lives, and they should be free to do so without your censure because they cannot afford 20 to 30 percent tips for your surly service. But if you are kind, and patient, and DO try to smile and offer them some additional enjoyment (*since thats what they are there for, on top of the food, some celebration) these are often the people who will go out of their way to tip well when they can. Frankly, i think most of the carpers on this website are making WELL over minimum wage, thats why they are fighting to keep their tips, but they play the “poor me” routine to justify their own immature entitled attitudes and petty pay back schemes. To them i say Grow the hell up. you DO make minimum wage or above, it IS the law, if your tips dont cover it your employer MUST BY LAW. So stop with the violins and get back to work, and if you spit in someone’s food that is assault, so be prepared to be fired at the least, arrested or sued at max. Not to mention its immoral and disgusting. The lot of you make me sick. In my day we had a WORK ETHIC. Find one.

  89. jtk says:

    well than serve your own fat ass. Look at yourself! Your pathetic! Your sweating like a stuck pig! Will you please write back? That was a rhetorical question dip shit. Wow you really are a shit sack.

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