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. Fuck Dax says:

    You are a fucking idiot Dax who the fuck do you think you are to feel you need to go out to eat and have people serve you and feel you don’t need to tip as a sign of even appreciation to those who served you hot food and drinks. If you feel the need to eat a certain type of food then cook it your self you fucking dick head and stay the fuck inside you are what’s wrong with this country. I pray every time you go out to eat everyone runs their balls and dirty ass holes on your food so all you taste is ball sweat and shit cause that’s all you deserve. If you have a problem with this system then stay the fuck away from places that have servers go eat mcdonalds every fucking meal but don’t think you are high and mighty and get to fuck people out of a tip because you don’t agree with it if you have a problem move somewhere out of the country where you don’t have to tip people who serve you. Fuck you Dax your a piece of shit!

    • Jasmine says:

      You are just a lowlife jealous waiter that’s hates people with money and prestige. As a foodie that enjoys fine dining, I really think you should be happy to serve people that can affored affluent restaurants. I will be amicable with you, however I feel your min wage is enough for your menial services. Thus no tip is required or given.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Katie says:

    I hope you don’t dine at the same place very often, dude. You would learn after sitting without service for 20 minutes just how necessary servers are to, you know, dine at a restaurant.

  5. Jess says:

    I got the needle, when we doing this ladies?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Ren says:

    You will be fired so fast.

  9. Jake says:

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

  10. TurnTheOtherCheek says:

    Yes! Because the answer to being offened is violence!

  11. Jim T. says:

    Listen to me you filthy little retard, I don’t GIVE A FUCK about your false claims of being actually retarded, just the tards acting like they’re gonna walk around like their shit don’t stink and not tip their wait person, you filthy, fucking retarded asshole. Drop dead you cocksucking loser, get a life; nobody here actually believes you’re “mentally handicapped” because somebody who is, couldn’t type a response like yours, BUT A GODDAMNED FUCKING RETARD LIKE YOURSELF SURE COULD!! ADUH ADUH DUH were you live i ca puch yu face n SHUT YOUR BITCH ASS UP PALSATARD PALSOTARDY TARDYPALSO PALSY THE FIRST.

  12. Mac says:

    If you are willing to commit an illegal action over something that isn’t illegal, you need to be behind bars afterwards. And they will be at home getting laid from the lawsuit they won.

  13. 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.

  14. Haverford says:

    Not necessarily. I run a very busy restaurant with a 93% Yelp rating. My staff is knowledgeable and knows how to treat each guest as an individual. I have their backs-when they are in the right. We can spot self-entitled jackasses a mile away. And if one abuses my staff, they get the treatment Kat describes. Needless to say, we have tons of regular business, and our bottom line is increasing by about 18% annually. We’re in our fourth year. If you don’t want to tip people for busting their asses for you, then eat ramen.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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. :-)

  25. Erinn says:

    Funny how you say “I don’t spit in people’s food, or screw with their orders. I’m not that kind of person”. And then go on about how you “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 in another post you actually say I will intentionally give you a fucked up order.”
    Servers like you are the reason servers like me are given a bad name. In the cust. service industry for 23 years and never no matter what a customer did would I ever given anything but my best. The service you are providing has your name on it, it says who you are, tells about your integrity and morals. What it shows is you are nothing but white trash. I believe I should be tipped for my service but I believe my service comes before all else. Good luck, your gonna need it.

  26. You're A Dumbass says:

    Oh that’s so harddddd. Go cry yourself to sleep. You do less than a McDonald’s employee and they don’t even get tips.

  27. Zombie Creator says:

    It’s actually “ensure”. The word “insure” in that context makes no sense. Your argument sucks, also.

  28. Jamia says:

    I could not have said it better myself! I worked as a hostess at a restaurant and got asked so many times if I wanted to serve, but I declined every time because I know I could not do the work the servers do and I definitely couldn’t put up with assholes like this guy. Working in a restaurant has definitely made me tip even better than I did already!

  29. Ali Muhammad says:

    I feel your pain I always go out to eat and I see how ppl treats you guys it’s so bad but there are some nice ppl also outside who cares about you guys I’m not telling u this to make u feel like I’m a great person but I usually go to ihop every Saturday night and there is a same server who serve us one night some ppl leave the table the one who he is serving even without paying a bill they said they r going out for smoke and they left from there they r 7 people and I really feel bad bcoz the waiter told me that ihop policy is if something happens like this then waiter is the one who is going to pay that ticket price and I think that is not fair at all so I told him bring the bill to me for those stupid ppl and I paid the whole bill bcoz what I believe is waiters are one who deals with your drunk asses on weekends and they clean ppls shit

  30. Robyn says:

    Well said my dear!!

  31. based says:

    You rattled off 20 things that you have to do at your job that my 7 year old sister is also capable of. Do you understand why people don’t have a lot of sympathy for this position, or think it’s worth 40k/yr?

  32. will says:

    Hes not saying you don t deserve a tip hes saying he should have to be the one to pay for it. He shouldn’t have to pay you for doing your job that’s your employers job. Hes saying that one day a restaurant came up with the idea will let the customer decide if they get paid for doing your job so we don’t have too. I think its bullshit. I always tip because I know how hard you work but the customer shouldn t have to pay you for doing your job right your employer should, its bullshit.

  33. Tammie Smith says:

    Absolutely correct. If your a non tipper, then don’t complain when you sit in my section on your next visit and DON’T receive the service you expect.

  34. deb says:

    Kat,
    I agree with you.
    When I go out to eat its for a reason and that reason is I don’t have to cook that meal, I don’t have to serve that meal, I don’t have to deal with the family saying I don’t like that and I don’t have to clean up after that meal, that my friend is why people go out to eat. So it is worth it to me to tip you are saving me a night of work.
    I applaud all waitresses and waiters who work hard for those tips.
    I would do the same thing and Ren, do you really think her boss is going to fire her, think again behind closed doors her boss is high fiving her!!!!

  35. Bri says:

    A bit faulty, eh? Tips don’t necessarily ensure good service. You don’t know if they’re going to tip until the END. And the way you’re putting it makes it sound like the OP’s argument; you’re bribing people to be nice with money.

  36. Olivia says:

    This is perfecttttt :)

  37. Kyla says:

    Amen! I am a full time college student at one of the most prestigious universities in the country and I wait tables to help make ends meet and attempt to support myself and attempt to pay off some of my student loan debt. I am not a retard nor am I lazy. Being a server or a waiter or whatever you want to call us is not easy. There is a ton that goes on behind the scenes. We are the backbone of the restaurant.
    My boss is an amazing person, and I dealt with an individual who is very similar to the one who wrote this article and my boss called him out on not tipping me on a nearly $200 dollar check. He kicked the man out of the restaurant and told him he was no longer welcome in his establishment. And the other patrons I was serving were so kind that they each pitched in a little so that I got a decent tip off that check, and then they all still tipped me separately.
    There are very view individuals who view waiters as lazy or stupid or any variation of worthless. A vast majority of people have been servers at one point or another and have respect for their servers. I am working as a server because my hours are more flexible and work better with my school schedule. I work hard to earn that tip.
    If you dont want to tip me after I give you amazing service, then dont come into the restaurant. My boss will happily kick your no-good, rotten, selfish, self-entitled butt out.

  38. Danielle says:

    AMEN. Seriously. People don’t realize how hard it can be to ensure they have the best experience possible!

  39. 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…))

  40. Kevin says:

    Couldn’t agree more

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Meg says:

    Agree with you. I really don’t understand why the waiters/waitresses in the US don’tmake complaints to their employers for giving them such low wages. In Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, etc, tipping is definitely not the norm. When I first went to a restaurant in the US, I didn’t know that I was supposed to give tips. What confused me is that the waiters and waitresses in the US are giving basic services just like the waiters /waitresses in Asia. Isn’t this part of their scope of work? Why they ask for tips? We don’t tip teachers for correcting students’ exercises because grading is part of their scope of work at school. I think restaurant employers should re-consider to raise their workers’ salaries rather than expecting customers to pay their workers.

    http://www.travelfish.org/eatandmeet_profile/singapore/central_region/central_area/downtown_singapore/2341

  46. Meg says:

    I don’t understand why the waiters/waitresses in the US don’t make complaints to their employers for giving them such a low wage. In Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, etc, tipping is definitely not the norm. When I first went to a restaurant in the US, I didn’t know that I was supposed to tip the waiters. Now I would do it but I needed to order cheaper food so that I can tip the waiter $2 to $3. However what confused me is that — why the basic services of the waiters and waitresses require us to pay more? Isn’t this part of their scope of work? We don’t tip teachers even though they need to correct students’ exercises or mark papers after school. I think the restaurant employers should raise their workers’ salaries rather than expecting their customers to help paying their workers’ salaries.

  47. Ed says:

    You should tip because this is America, where rich white folks in the Restaurant Lobby PREVENT the servers from earning even minimum wage. Where people serve and deliver food at the WHIM of the customer.. how degrading to hear you say ‘Not my problem! I will make you serve me for free!’

  48. Ben says:

    just because it’s “optional,” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. if your a CUSTOMER, don’t eat out if you can’t take care of people who take CARE of your food. douchebag. and i have never waited tables in my life.

  49. john says:

    Well by your logic every waiter or waitress should quit their “crappy job” which pays $2.13* an hour, and then you wouldn’t have anywhere to go eat with service. When you make a $3.55 paycheck for 2 weeks because of a screwy system that federal law allows (we have to claim 100% of our tips, which is then added to our hourly wage and then taxed accordingly on our paycheck since they cannot tax our tips directly,) the tips we make are our lively hood. Just as you say it’s not your fault our employers pay us this way, it is the way things are, and it’s not our fault either. Tipping is a terrible system but it is so far ingrained in our society at this point there is nothing, aside from some inexplicable government intervention, that can be done about it at this point. So if you go into a full service restaurant, you are certainly not obligated to tip, but you are certainly an asshole.

  50. jenny says:

    Stay your ass at home and cook for yourself Brad.

  51. Bianca says:

    Looks like we found the none tipper.

  52. Kristina Johnson says:

    If you’re cheap enough to go out to a sit down, service based, nice restaurant and not tip, you probably shouldn’t be going to these nice restaurants. Go to a fast food restaurant, it would make everyone a lot happier. It’s not the employers choice to give us $2.13 an hour. Oh, and let’s all not be servers. Nobody wants to work for that and not get tips? Ok, say goodbye to all the restaurants that you like as well.

  53. nancy says:

    You’re just jealous that I make $2.15 an hour and add the fabulous tips I make from douche bags like you, I make way more per year than you do and also payed my way through college and payed my rent plus a beautiful new car working 30 hours a week. Get a god damn life. Educate yourself rather than knocking on other people’s jobs. 95% of servers are either paying their way through college or just absolutely fabulous at what they do and make sick money you dumb fuck.

  54. Jen says:

    Waiting on you properly is optional. Don’t eat at our restaurants.

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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.

  58. 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

  59. David says:

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

  60. 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?

  61. Matt says:

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

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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…

  65. Erinn says:

    Unfortunately you must have lost your employee hand book the day you were hired and you may want to revisit sitting down with your employer and going over your job duties and what is expected of you. You have chosen a job that requires you to wait on customers and provide them with the best possible service you can. To smile at them and be friendly at all times. Your job duties are but not limited too basically whatever your manager has set forth for you including: setting up restaurant, cleaning tables, providing drinks and refills, their meal along with dessert if so wanted, their food brought to them not only correct but in a timely fashion. Going back to that server station/kitchen for the 10th time because they can’t or won’t tell you everything they need at once and would rather run you to death even when they are doing it on purpose. I have worked in the customer service industry my entire working career and have waited tables off and on for 14 yrs. It is servers like you that give servers like me a bad name. I firmly believe that I should be tipped for the service that I am providing to my customers. I make sure that I do whatever is nessicary to help them have a great dining experience. I feel if you have chosen to come out instead of cook at home or go through the drive thru you should tip or stay at home. It comes with the territory to have customers not tip. It happens to all of us at one time or another. Maybe you were having an off day and your service wasn’t up to par. Understandable as we are not perfect or maybe they are like some of the people on here and don’t think they should. But what gives you the right to refuse service to someone because they did not tip you. Wether you are tipped or not it is your job to do it. I would never sabotage someone’s meal because of it. I wouldn’t be so rude as to see my customer need me and make eye contact and turn around and never come back. You probably get stiffed more times then you want to admit to because, and I’m just guessing, you have a piss poor attitude and it has probably gotten shared through customer gossip. Are you stupid enough to not think they don’t talk about us just as much as we talk about them. I have never given a repeat non-tipper bad service. The service I provide for my customers has my name attached to it and says why kind of person I am. I don’t know these people stories. Maybe they can’t afford to tip only pay for their meal because that have nothing but this is the only time they get to go out and feel like things are alright. Maybe they are elderly and haven’t realized that maybe in the 30’s 40’s tipping a quarter was a great tip, seeing you could rent a room for a week for a dollar and some change, maybe they live on a fixed income or maybe they are like the ones on here who don’t think they should tip. You don’t know and you shouldnt assume you do. The way you said that you would handle a non-tipper on here just shows what kind of person you are and in my neck of the woods we call that ” white trash”. Good luck to you, you’re gonna need it cause I dobut your gonna go far in life and will always have issues in your job.

  66. Alex says:

    It’s like talking to a brick wall. Sorry you had to take the brunt of all their ignorance. They insist on viewing us as subordinate, the underclass. Their entitlement is nauseating. If their food were more expensive and we got paid real wages, THEY’D BE PAYING THE SAME AS IF THEY TIPPED, which completely blows that dumb argument out of the water. At least they get to choose how much they give us. And to act like we’re so horrible for expecting TO BE PAID FOR HOUR WORK. That $2:50 an hour bullshit is just so the restaurant can have us on the payroll for legal reasons. But our work is basically contract work. The guests contract us with an unspoken agreement AS SOON AS THEY SIT THEIR CHEAP ASSES DOWN. THEY are our bosses and THEY are the ones who pay us. I don’t know about the rest of these dumb cunts in here, but my ass does not work for free. I challenge anyone of these horrible horrible people to try working our job and then come back at us with that bullshit. It’s so funny how they have no experience in the field, nothing that qualifies them to speak on the issue, and yet insist that they have a superior perspective on OUR profession which apparently can be done by a monkey. WELL GUESS WHAT IT CAN’T. I see a lot of monkeys try to wait tables. A lot of young people and kids doing it, and THEY FUCKING SUCK. The service is shitty and the food is cold. We’re always on our feet and we work long hours, double shifts, and late into the night. These fucking people. I swear to god. They all deserve to LOSE EVERYTHING. I hope they do. I hope every assholes that spews that vitriol out against wait staff loses EVERYTHING and has to work a shitty job JUST LIKE US to make ends meet.

    If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to eat at a restaurant. Go home.

  67. 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

  68. brendon says:

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

  69. 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!!

  70. 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

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. dan says:

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

  74. destiny says:

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

  75. Cat says:

    I wish I made close to that at the end of a shift where I serve :(

  76. 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.

  77. 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. (:

  78. Someone says:

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

  79. 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?

  80. 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?

  81. 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.

  82. tehy says:

    well the first comment didn’t appear to go through

    so yeah, please just delete the first one

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. Shelli says:

    I’m sure a person like yourself would NEVER pay double the price of a meal so the staff would get the proper hourley wage. HAHA STICK TO BUFFETS!! They seem to suit your personality!!

  87. Souris says:

    You sound like a trustfund brat who’s never worked a job in your life.

  88. waitress says:

    Your a cocksucker, someone has to do those jobs. You wouldn’t get to have those dining experiences without someone being there to take care of you.

  89. Mary says:

    So it’s a severs job right? Correct me if I’m wrong but a job is something you get paid for. In america it is customary for you to tip your sever. The government expects you to tip and if you do not those taxes for the tip the server was supposed to receive is still taken out. By not tipping your server is not getting paid. So you are literally stealing from your server. You’re stealing a service. But hey if you can live with that, then by all means save yourself five dollars. What goes around comes around.

  90. Brendan says:

    Then refill your drink yourself, asshole. I’d skip spitting in your food in favor of spitting in your face.

  91. Alex says:

    It’s sad that so many threats are being thrown around. While yes I do know it happens in restaurants that food is messed with, it is disgusting. I’m proud to say my restaurant has never in any situation decided to alter people’s food. With a smile on our face we deal with angry customers. In most cases I’m not tipped because the food took to long or it didn’t taste good or it cost to much. All of which are not my fault. And to be honest don’t go back if it was so horrible or if you don’t want to tip or can’t afford it. It’s called cooking from home! Your food will be just the way you like it, and is always cheaper. No one forced you to go out to eat where yes it is expected of you to tip. Because yes servers make less than minimum wage in a paycheck. You know what that means? I don’t get a paycheck because it’s all taken away for taxes. So yes when I wait on you in my restaurant I’d appreciate recognition for what I do for you as a customer. And if your one of those who believes tipping is ridiculous then I’d appreciate you staying home.

  92. 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 (:

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. JustWow says:

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

  96. Steph says:

    HÀHÄHÂHÃ. Federal government sets the minimum wage not the max. An employer can pay more if they wanted.

  97. Joe says:

    An employer CAN choose to pay you more per hour.

  98. 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

  99. J Young says:

    If you believe that you’re an idiot!

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. Emily says:

    I don’t know where you are getting your information, but employers DO NOT have to supplement a server’s wages to bring them up to minimum wage, and they don’t, and they never have. Another thing some people aren’t aware of is that servers are taxed on their sales in every state. That means if you go in a restaurant, eat, and don’t tip, the server is paying taxes out of their pocket for your meal out of the 2.13$ they make an hour, which is NOT supplemented by their employers.

  103. Lindsey says:

    Oh honey you have clearly never worked in ANY restaurant setting

  104. Ryan says:

    Actually, the restaurant is NOT required to pay minimum wage. Most waiters/waitresses only get paid between $2.50 and $4.00 an hour. That is because they’re working for tips. Same with the delivery guy who brings your pizza and the hairdresser who cut your hair, except they make more like $6.00 an hour.

  105. Wolfgang says:

    I could not agree more. Waitresses seem to have serious psychological problems and a unnatural sense of entitlement. The world owes you nothing yet they think it owes them everything. I work hard supporting three kids by three different dads high school dropout the trailer roof is leaking the dog died. This is why you should tip me. As a customer I don’t care about your personal life I am not going to tip you just bring me my food and go away. Makes me wonder if you have to be psychologically messed up to be a waitress. Look at all the responses on here, these waitresses are not normal.

  106. youve says:

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

    tip3
    tip/Submit
    noun
    noun: tip; plural noun: tips
    1.
    a sum of money given to someone as a reward for their services. <—- THIS.
    synonyms: gratuity, baksheesh; More
    verb
    verb: tip; 3rd person present: tips; past tense: tipped; past participle: tipped; gerund or present participle: tipping
    1.
    give (someone) a sum of money as a way of rewarding them for their services. <—— THIS.
    "I tipped her five dollars"

  107. 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.

  108. 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?

  109. 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

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. jamie adams says:

    What agency pays you people to blog here? Listen up niggers and fast food retards, WE make way more money than you ever will, understand that, your little minimum wage “want fries with that” party is going to have a rude awakening when the minimum is raised, and yet the CUSTOM of tipping us, doesn’t go away, so even though a few fuck stick mental midgets decide not to tip, we will be making even more money! So, go fuck yourselves

  114. 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 ;)

  115. Lip says:

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

    in·sure
    inˈSHo͝or/
    verb
    1.
    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
    2.
    secure or protect someone against (a possible contingency).
    “by appeasing Celia they might insure themselves against further misfortune”

    vs.

    en·sure
    enˈSHo͝or/
    verb
    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.

  116. 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.

  117. JustWow says:

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

    Servers make at least minimum wage.

  118. 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?

  119. 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.

  120. JustWow says:

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

  121. JustWow says:

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

  122. 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!

  123. 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

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. Alex says:

    Actually, servers aren’t penalized for having asshole customers like you who refuse to pay their bill. More often than not, the restaurant calls the police, as it is the equivalent of stealing. So you have fun with that, buddy.

  128. 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.

  129. 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.

  130. 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.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipped_wage_in_the_United_States

  131. 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

  132. 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.

  133. 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.

  134. Meg says:

    I don’t understand why the waiters/waitresses in the US don’t make complaints to their employers for giving them such a low wage. In Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, etc, tipping is definitely not the norm. When I first went to a restaurant in the US, I didn’t know that I was supposed to tip the waiters. Now I would do it but I needed to order cheaper food so that I can tip the waiter $2 to $3. However what confused me is that — why the basic services of the waiters and waitresses deserve a tip? Isn’t this part of their scope of work? We don’t tip teachers even though they need to correct students’ exercises or grade papers after school. I think the restaurant employers should raise their workers’ salaries rather than rely on the customers to help them paying their workers’. However it is interesting to see that almost all the waiters/waitresses here don’t blame their employers but feel upset for customers who don’t tip or disagree with giving tips.

  135. Idalys says:

    Dude, you said a lot to say that you won’t tip because most servers have some sort of chip on their shoulder because they are overworked and underpaid and take their anger out on the customer/guest when a tip is not given. While I can respect your opinion, I do have a response to a couple of things said in your anecdote:

    1. Your job title was a security guard. You were hired to do just that. Why you were running around refilling drinks and helping at the bar worrying yourself about how much people are getting paid, who was being the security guard? Bottom line is really, no one asked you to help so why expect extra compensation for your extra hard work, I applaud team work but I feel the same way as a hostess; you shouldn’t do nice things and expect extra credit/recognition or even compensation because in the real world, you’re just helping someone else do their job. I’m not saying going above and beyond is never rewarded but it’s hardly noticed unless you save a little White girl from a well in backwoods middle-of-nowhere. You were hired to do one job, you wouldn’t have been so stressed out if you did just that.

    2. Your outlook on how the restaurant industry would flourish if everything was computerized is completely bogus hon, let me tell you: So far as now, everything in the restaurant industry is pretty much computerized except for the cooks who make your food. I have even started to see that Chili’s has embraced the techno-age and began to have tablets on the tables where you can place drink orders, purchase appetizers and desserts without even looking at a server. The tablet also allows you to tip/not tip accordingly and has games and apps while you’re sitting at your table. But that’s totally NOT for people who go to a restaurant for experience or atmosphere. If you go to a restaurant just to order food, you might want to visit a Chili’s because that’s exactly what you get, your meal with minimal interaction with the server that you don’t have to tip!

    3. Your server is computer-savvy enough to enter your order in such a way that if you ordered your appetizer, you actually have time to finish your appetizer and have room for your next course. They are also responsible for bringing your food over to you as soon as it appears in the window otherwise your food would always be ‘dead’ (pasta is hard, salad is wilted, fried food becomes inedible because all the breading has fallen off while sitting in the window, etc.) as we say in the food service industry. When you insert these computers you want at your table, you cut out the middle mad–you food may not come out fresh and ready instead, you may walk over to the window to pick up your ‘dead’ food, how stupid would you look bringing the food you rang in on your own to a manager of the establishment to ask for comp. on dead food because you couldn’t get to the window in time because there were 4 other tables around you who rang in an order at the same time.

    3. While I respect your opinion or right not to tip, I would like to try to justify tipping by not using a guilt-persuasion attempt, but by saying, servers mean no harm to no one, they are just as tired of the rat race as everyone else. After standing on your feet for 8 or 9 hrs, sometimes more and presenting a table with a $150 check to which you get nothing of and then going to tip out to the bartenders, food runners and bussers, it’s a little discouraging to go and try to be happy for your next table. I’m not necessarily saying tip the server $8,000,000 for emotional support but tip them because they didn’t quit giving exceptional service after getting stiffed table after table.*This is of course if they did attempt to give exceptional service*

    4. I haven’t been working in the restaurant industry long but I work as a hostess for a chain corporation, I go to school full-time and work part time. This very same restaurant doesn’t tip out to hostess so I get paid about $9.00, don’t get me started on utilities, rent, car insurance, gas for the car, food and etc. I live in Miami and that is BARELY a living wage unless you want to live in a neighborhood where someone might steal your car or kill you for not having a cigarette lighter. I watch servers bust their asses for guests who tip them crap-mostly because they’re foreign and don’t understand the gratuity/tipping customs in America-and don’t think anything of it. They don’t think about the server’s struggles because without a care in the world they short changed the server $5 and didn’t tip, now the server has to come out of pocket for their meal and leaves that shift with even less than they came in with. I’ve even watched tables walk out of $130 checks and slip the wait staff fake money which hurts their pockets even more.

    5. I fully understand what you mean when you said that you helped out custodial staff who got paid more than you because I go through this everyday as a hostess, the hostess at my restaurant don’t get tipped out and average about $10 an hour depending on tenure. We are solely responsible for the front end: taking to-go orders, making sure the to-go orders reach the proper department, seating guests, spreading guests out amongst servers semi-equally, answering the phones, cleaning the restrooms which is almost impossible when you’re busy with guests and every now and then, the bussers who get paid the same as the hosts and also get tipped out by the servers, start slacking for whatever reason, making it harder for the hosts to seat tables because they’re dirty. That’s when we step up and clear tables or set tables or clean the floors. And still, we get no credit, no one EVER says wow, great job or those hosts work so hard all we hear all day is: “Your job isn’t THAT hard”, “What are you tired from?”, “All you do is stand there and look cute!”, “You hosts are good for nothing.”-Can you imagine a restaurant on a busy Saturday night without a host team? Chaos!

    Try to see the server’s side. They don’t beg for tips, they show up to work and do their jobs because it’s helping get by, you’re helping them pay the bills because their salaried managers can’t find a way to pay them more. Their salaried managers don’t understand how hard they work for tips or no tips because the salaried managers make the same amount of money no matter what, they get paid sick/vacation days and get bonuses (more money!) for keeping labor costs low and food sales high. I feel like if I was a server, it would make me sick to my stomach to cater to a table and bust my ass for them just to have them stiff me, I would fall apart inside (probably a huge reason I can’t see myself being a server). But all the same, I respect your reasons for not tipping, Cheers and happy dining!

    -Idelkys via D.R.

  136. Just wow says:

    Please do me a favor, slip on some ice at that self serve fountain machine, in your not so slip resistant shoes, and please get the worst concussion that has ever existed. Also, maybe break your leg too. I could only dream.

  137. Brian says:

    Why don’t you cut out the middle man altogether you fucking retarded loser, and stay the fuck home and cook for yourself, you know because, individuals who go above and beyond should get tipped blah blah blah like the incompetent piece of shit who doesn’t know how to act as an INDIVIDUAL when they pitch the same stupid argument everyone else has and yet, shows how he’s still just a number in the Collective “lemme getta” crowd, you can hardly read the words on a restaurant menu, let alone understand what’s been written.

  138. Tai says:

    Until everyone on here bitching about servers helps us put new laws into place, this is what we get. So until some new legislature appears, restaurants have servers who don’t get paid unless you tip, period. To everyone else who was passively aggressively using their past jobs to idk, teach servers a lesson, fuck off. I took more tests for my server job than a college course I had last semester and serving is physically tiring. I’ve worked in shops, offices, whatever, to help me pay for school and I have never been more dehumanized than as a server. If you don’t want service, tell the server up front and you won’t get it. We won’t spit in your food but we will leave you alone with your bitterness so we can focus on tables who see a face and not a conveyor belt.

  139. Dee says:

    I’m a recent college grad and server and I’m not going to throw mean words at you. I just have one thing to point out, in which you’ll probably say it’s my employers fault, but here it is. We tip our bartender/cook/bus boys 3% of our total sales, not of our tips. So if I have a table that spends $100 and leaves me nothing as a tip, serving that table just cost me $3. I work for a HUGE chain restaurant. It’s not as easy as walking up to my general manager and demanding a raise as you and others have made it seem. I respect your opinion and just hope that you can come to respect the truly difficult job that many of us do on a daily basis. I’m a college student and haven’t had a friday or Saturday night not cleaning up after people in 3 years. I think I deserve more than $3 an hour and right now, as the world is, you are the only one who can make that happen for me :)

    Sorry..one more thing. I have never treated a guest any different who I know tips poorly. I’m surprised to hear some other servers say they do, but it’s my job to provide the best possible experience for my guest and I do that no matter what. I don’t think I could fall asleep at night if I treated customers any less than my best.

  140. Benda Smith says:

    David, they already have such a place. It is called the drive through window of a fast food place. As to your situation. If everyone is being paid $10.25 an hour, any tips collected by the wait staff, should be equally divided between all employees.

  141. Cassandra says:

    I used to be a server/waitress (whatever it’s called these days) and I whole-heartedly agree with you, along with this article. Your comment is amazing.

  142. lacey says:

    If you believe that restaurant prices are currently over inflated (700 to 1000%), imagine if they took you up on your suggestion to pay servers a decent wage! Where do you think that money is going to come from?? Perhaps then the prices will be so high that you will do everyone a favor and eat at home! At least with the current system, if a server does a crappy job, then you can leave them a crappy tip. However, if you’re paying for it in food prices then you’re paying that server regardless of quality of service.

  143. voiceofreason says:

    Society once placed little to no value on Black people. Some people still think black people are worthless. Does that make those people right? Of course not. Society isn’t right about everything.

  144. Alex says:

    That’s not true actually. YES there is a law/loophole that basically says, if a servers hourly wage + their tips do not add up to minimum wage… tough shit. Trust me, I know. I managed several corporate and privately owned restaurants in my day and have been fighting that fight for a long time. Anyway – the point is – employers are NOT required by law to make up minimum wage, in the service industry. A different set of wage rules pertains.

  145. Alex says:

    Trust me they do make complaints. However, there is a loophole in the laws here in the U.S. regarding service industry wages that basically says, “If a servers tips + hourly wage does not equal regular minimum wage… tough shit.” I managed several corporate and privately owned restaurants and fought for higher wages for my employees multiple times, but basically – $2.15 is standard, and they believe it is a fair wage after tips. Most of the time they are right. But if people in the U.S. stop tipping, servers and service industry folk all around, not to mention the restaurant industry over all, will be fucked. No one will agree to work in restaurants in tipping decreases, and no one will want to go out anymore because of the lack of service.

  146. Justin says:

    Please go get a serving job for one month. I challenge you and your ignorance.

  147. Erinn says:

    How do we blackmail you when you choose to go out to eat at a restaurant instead of cooking for yourself or the drive thru. I surely didn’t call you up on the phone and issue a warning of “come in or else…..” I don’t stand at your table holding you hostage or your food hostage until you tip. No you walk in on your own and expect me to provide you with best service possible with a smile as you’ve sent me to go get you something elae cause when I asked you, ” is there anything I can get you?”, you couldn’t tell me all at one time. Maybe you should learn some multitasking so you can carry-on that conversation with the one your with while trying to eat and remember if you use ketchup or not. Trust me by the fourth time I’ve had to turn right around to get you something I am annoyed but funny how you’d never know it cause I have grace and manners and my momma taught me better. Blackmail, what a joke.

  148. Bobby says:

    My “job” probably pays more than yours. I don’t care if you tip or not, I’ll still make more. I’m 21 by the way… Your probably broke in your 30s wondering how your even gonna pay the bill. Let alone tip haha. Keep being a cheap miserable asshole I’m sure your really enjoying life. Don’t talk shit about something you know nothing about. Goodnight.

  149. Ariel says:

    This is the biggest load of bullshit I have ever seen. I don’t know where you work, but they are screwing you. Employers have to make sure you meet minimum wage. You are only taxed on what you make. You aren’t taxed on anything else. I have worked as a waitress at numerous places.

  150. Lauren says:

    I keep reading everyone keeps saying that if we don’t reach minimum wage with our tips then our employer has to make it up because it’s federal law. But I want to let people know that, that is not always the case. Yes they’re suppose to but in my case where I work they make you enter in more tips than what you actually make so they don’t have to pay you minimum wage. If you try to put in a low amount it requires a managers card before it will let you continue. And if you do choose to get a manager and continue and they have to pay you minimum wage then they put you back in training because to them if you’re not making enough tips to add up to minimum wage then you’re not doing a good job as a server. While in trainging you do not receive tips. And if you have to go back into training more than once then you get fired. So imagine I wait on you and I’m a great server but because you choose not to tip and others choose not to tip and at the end of the night I have to have my manager over ride the computer so I can actually get paid minimum wage then I’m the one who gets in trouble. I know this isn’t your problem I’m just clarifying that not all employers follow federal law. Also I want to put this out there. I consider myself a great server. I’m polite, friendly, prompt, and I check to make sure everything is great for you the whole time you are at my restaurant. I have no problem doing that for you or anyone else. If you don’t tip me, of course I’ll be upset but I’ll live and move on to my next customer and the next time you come in and I’m your server then guess what. I will still be polite, friendly, prompt, and check on you to make sure everything is great for you. I won’t hold a grudge against you. I understand what it’s like to want to go out to eat at a nice restaurant and only have enough money for your dinner. Lucky for me not all people believe in not tipping. Yes there will be a few people who stiff me but at the end of the night most nights I still make a decent amount. I’m from a small town so a decent amount to me is $50-$60. Most importantly I want to point out that if you do tip or you don’t tip I will still treat to you all the same each and every time. And for the servers that commented before me saying that if they don’t tip you then you will ignore them, or intentionally mess up there order, well I just want you to know comments like that make us all sound bad. Serving maybe a low class job like some of you have put it but I’m a professional and will act professional no matter what.

  151. Aria says:

    “Why not complain?”
    We are expendable and why listen to a few people bitch about a law and threaten your business? Just fire them and bring on new people. Fact is that current laws (which nobody wants to change because it somehow hurts businesses) prevent meaningful action from being taken. Given how people can’t even agree to raise the minimum wage, that is a non solution for now until proper organizing and campaigning can change minds. It’s easy to say demand a better wage, but when someone can loose their job for such things, there isn’t much incentive to speak up.

  152. kate says:

    Every penny of what a server makes is reported to the IRS. They’re required by law to report all their tips. Then taxes are taken out of their $2.35 an hour paycheck. If a server doesn’t report everything and it’s found out they are fined and face the same consequences anyone else who doesn’t file their taxes would face. The restaurant doesn’t determine what the wait staff makes, the U.S. government does. Just like they determine what minimum wage is for everyone else in the country.

    For anyone else who says that wait staff doesn’t do anything more than just bring you food, go work as a waiter or waitress and then tell me that all they do is bring out your food or basic customer service. It’s not an easy job and a majority of wait staff are college students working to make ends meet while they’re in school because it pays the bills; your employer is willing to work around your class schedule and the shifts are short. If you need to take an extra shift or give one away there’s usually someone to help you out.

    No job that requires working with the public and demanding, entitled people is easy. For those of you who are lucky enough to never have done it, don’t judge or pretend to know what anyone who serves you, in any way, food or retail, does. You don’t work there, never have, so who are any of you to tell any of us how to do our jobs or treat us like you know better. We work hard for YOU. To make sure that you have a pleasant experience no matter where you are, so don’t treat us like we’re beneath you because we work in the service industry. Most of us have dreams and hopes and aspirations and we’re working toward them daily and unfortunately that means having to deal with disrespectful, rude, and ignorant people who shit on floors and piss in chairs at at your local bookstore. I’m the one who cleans that up so you, the next person to visit my store, doesn’t have to deal with that. You have no idea what goes on beyond what you see in front of you. So what gives you the right to judge anything we do with our lives or the decisions we make or the job that we do?

  153. Jason says:

    Cunts like you, make people not wanna tip. I tip, based on service. 5$, 1$ off for everything shitty you do, and 1$ added for everything good. But if I had the displeasure of working with you, I’d hate my jo .

  154. LISTEN UP ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEGATIVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT SERVICE INDUSTRY WORKERS:

    I challenge you to get a job as a server in a restaurant for one month (if you can even last THAT long) and document your experience with video evidence (so there’s no bs) if it is an easy and unskilled job you should be able to swing it right? Until you have successfully completed this challenge with a smile on your face and a standpoint that is still negative of the industry worker. Then you are hereby no longer allowed to spew your ignorance across this thread. SILENCE INSULATE FOOLS. No longer shall you speak upon things of which you know nothing! Now off you go. Happy serving ladies and gents! May the old bitch Karma have mercy upon you. =)

  155. YOUTIPORFUCKOFFCUNT says:

    The euro-zone is going to fall you euro trash piece of shit and when that happens, like it always does to Socialist Countries, I hope you starve in Auschvitchz.

  156. Justin says:

    Your wage sucks…. why do you work for such shit?
    This is also why service is better in the US. You are JUST LIKE the UPS man or FedEx or the security guy at the mall who is 16 and asleep. You all suck!!! THANK GOD I won’t have to wait for crap food in London served by a hygenically challenged twat without speech skills anytime soon.

  157. Claudius says:

    Frankie, I have been saying the same thing for years. The waitress should be honored to wait on me hand and foot. I am an important neurosurgeon and deserve to have a slave wait on me. Tipping the slave is ridiculous.

  158. Sarah says:

    As a “salaried” manager, I don’t have to figure out how to pay servers more because they make in two days what I make in two weeks working 3 times the hours they work.

    None of you have any idea how restaurants work do you?

  159. Korryne says:

    First off.
    You’re a complete and udder ass.
    Seconly,
    I couldn’t care less what any of you have to say on the matter.
    It’s simple tip or don’t. Don’t give excuses or some sort of reasoning behind it.
    If you’re one of the people saying that you don’t have to tip, the. Clearly you never worked as a server.
    If you work in a restaurant and this offended you in some sort of way, shoot to better yourself. I did.
    But don’t sit here and argue over something so stupid.
    None of you know eachother, nor ever will.
    So say your “f*** you”s and carry on.
    This isn’t worth any of your time. And there is absolutely no reason to waist any more time one this than you already have.
    G’night
    :)

  160. Laci riley says:

    we aren’t slaves you bastard, I and the restaurant have the right to not serve you! Slaves didn’t have rights. So your argument is invalid.

  161. Katie says:

    Wow!! Karma is all I have to say!!!

  162. Brittany says:

    No prick you deserve to get your ass beat. I don’t give two fucks if you are a neuroseurgeon or not. Do you honestly think anybody gives a shit? You just sound like a pure asshole. Nobody is your fucking slave. I am not even a waitress but I will tell you that you are no better than one. Just because you are a neurosurgeon does not mean anything. Did anybody ever teach you manners or respect? People do not judge others by their profession, they judge them based on how they treat others. You cannot put yourself above someone else based on what they do to make a living. Come to where I live and see if anyone gives a shit if you are a neurosurgeon. No. You will be judged based on your character and you would honestly get your ass beat. You are a fucking prick ass hole.

  163. jason S says:

    Don’t you mean cunt. service industry? C’mon stop getting all self-righteous on us little girl, don’t set yourself apart from the rest..

  164. Anon says:

    Yes “stop the BS”, because there are always so many amazing paying jobs available anywhere, anytime! Not. I’m in college and live in a college town, we work in restaurants or pretty much don’t work. I’m not even a server so I make my money getting ripped out by the servers. In most restaurants they give away percentages to the cooks, hosts and bussers. It’s not like they just keep all that they make.

  165. Frankie says:

    I can guarantee the restaurant owner is not going to refuse my $200 bill, for a party of 5-6 just because we don’t tip. So yes, you are my slave. I want at least 4 refills too and one to go.

  166. Leigh says:

    Slave?!? Really slave??? While I “slave” away through my criminal justice degree, I do hope I can take your arrogant son of a bitch neurosurgeon ass to jail one day. Or be your probation officer. Anything that I can personally make your life a living hell. Karma is a bitch. Go suck a dick and choke.

  167. Phillip says:

    I only serve those who demand I suck their dick on the spot in front of the whole restaurant, then I give TOP service. Apron is for cleaning up your come.

  168. Sammie says:

    I like to tell the waitress throughout the whole meal that she’s gonna get a huge tip from us, then leave without tipping. Seeing her facial expression through the window is priceless!!!

  169. JoeTheHeartSurgeon says:

    I absolutely love stiffing my waitress it’s so much fun! Plus I make damn sure she runs around until I see sweat on her brow. I know my job is complete when I finally see her head hanging low, because she’s in a low station in life and she better know her place.

  170. basedonwhat? says:

    Oh yeah? Your 7 year old sister can juggle 8 plates at 165°? You want your 7 year old sister to be eye candy for old men? Do you want her working in place where guys touch her sweet little ass? Bet you do you fucking pervert. Go fuck your sister

  171. Tim says:

    My God Phillip, where is your restaurant sir, i’m bringing 20 of my friends!! We’ll definitely put you to work!!

  172. Fredrico says:

    Pandora your problems are not the customer’s problems. You took this crappy job that your problem. No tip for you.

  173. Fred says:

    Pandora your sob story is no concern of mine I don’t care. Do you want more money get a better job I don’t tip it’s that simple. Putting my food on my table is not a service. It is your simple job try to get it right

  174. Aunt Jemmimah says:

    Yes, however you’re paying for table side service vs. Some greasy asshole zit faced kid at a counter to get your order wrong. Big difference. Are you retarded? Lmao

  175. Georgia says:

    Katie let me tell you what happens when a server decides to do what you just talked about. Longhorn steakhouse sent me a $200 gift card for very poor service. I had the waitress before I don’t tip and she remembered me. I honestly wonder if she still has a job right now? You are hired by the restaurant to serve me. Tipping you if I feel like it is my discretion which I won’t. Nothing you do is worthy of a tip. Bringing me my food drinks and dessert is your job. If you don’t like it get a better job.

  176. Fredrick says:

    Katie let me tell you what happens when a waitress decides to give a customer poor service. Longhorn steakhouse sent me a 200 gift card because the waitress gave me very poor service. I never tip she remembered me and she took it out on me. I wonder if she even has a job at this point? You are hired by the restaurant to serve me if you want a tip get a better job. Bringing me my food drinks and dessert is not worthy of a tip it is your job.

  177. Stormy says:

    Katie let me tell you what happens when a waitress makes a customer wait 20 minutes. Longhorn steakhouse sent me a $200 gift certificate. The district manager called me to apologize and told me this would never be tolerated again with another waitress. I don’t tip she remembered me she was mad. Bringing me my food drinks and dessert is not worthy of a tip it is just doing your job. You don’t like it get a better job

  178. Amethyst says:

    Katie let me tell you what happens when a waitress makes a customer wait for 20 minutes. Longhorn steakhouse sent me a $200 gift certificate because of the crappy waitress that was mad at me because I didn’t tip her last time. The district manager told me he would never allow a waitress to treat a customer like this again. I bet she doesn’t even have a job anymore. Bringing me my food drinks and dessert is your job if you don’t like it get a better job.

  179. Amethyst says:

    Katie let me tell you what happens when you make a customer wait for 20 minutes. Longhorn steakhouse send me a two hundred dollar gift certificate and the waitress was fired. She made me wait because I didn’t tip last time. Or ever

  180. Amethyst says:

    Katie let me tell you what happens when you make a customer wait for 20 minutes. Longhorn steakhouse sent me a two hundred dollar gift certificate and the waitress was fired. She made me wait because I didn’t tip last time. Or ever

  181. Amethyst says:

    Katie let me tell you what happens when you make a customer wait for 20 minutes. Longhorn steakhouse sent me a two hundred dollar gift certificate and the waitress was fired. She made me wait because I didn’t tip last time.

  182. Kyle says:

    Oh wait, so to dine at a restaurant requires a full Wait staff? Complete with a nice server, a busser an expediter and food prepper? Who’d have thought ;-) :-P Not these idiots lol

    -Signed, Waiterboy

  183. Bri says:

    Not to mention you don’t know if they’re going to tip until the END. So how can you gauge whether to be nice or not?

    Thank you, by the way. Took the words right out of my mouth…
    Months later.

  184. Martin says:

    its INSURE w a mother effing I. I cannot stand you people that try and act so smart saying that it is Ensure. Stfu! It’s INSURE: to make certain by necessary measures.

  185. Eddie says:

    Translation: 95% of waitresses are high school dropouts, who got their GED online. They also have 2 or more kids from multiple dads, get food stamps and free college grants. They are unskilled at what they do that nobody else would hire them.

  186. Jimbo says:

    I did the same thing too. Went to a fancy restaurant with my wife for our anniversary. The bill was $78 and I left no tip. Then we went to a bar and had some appetizers along with a ton of shots and drinks. Our bill was $106. Didn’t tip there either because I’m not paying extra to have someone pour my drinks that I paid for. Tipping a bartender is even more stupid then tipping a waitress.

  187. The almighty one says:

    Lmao! You tards! It doesn’t matter what you think! Some of us have turned waiting into a very profitable job, others not so much. What I make 6 hours… WOW! You can only dream of scoring $250 cash making $17.00/hr. So, as i said and will keep saying: whether you know it or not, your feeble minds should grasp the fact that you’re paying for service, period. K? Thanks!

  188. John says:

    Well I have one thing to say to you and let me say that I have never been a waiter or server. You are a HUGE DICK HEAD!!!! Thanks and go fuck yourself you dumb mother fucking prick. This goes for any Cock that feels the same as this SHIT HEAD!!!

  189. The almighty one says:

    Lmao, you’re such a retard! You’re so full of shit it’s not even funny! Ok your shit filled self is a little funny, but not anywhere near as funny as how much money I make waiting tables, than you make.

  190. Amy says:

    Bullshit, no manager is ever going to embarrass a wealthy customer that can affored a $200 dinner plate You can be easily replaced. Wealthy customers are not a dime a dozen like you.

  191. joshua says:

    So, you’ve made a job out of being an extortionist? Where do you wait at? Tell me so I can never eat there, that’s just LOW and disrespectful to everyone. A TIP, is something your customers do FOR you, BY THE WAY, spitting in someones food can put you in jail for 20+ years, so think long and hard about spitting in someones food/drink

  192. Tyler says:

    go fuck your self dick head is love to see someone like you do this kind of shit you would never think of not tipping again I can promise you that. Your a fucking tool bag and deserve to eat ramen and McDonald’s hell not even people at McDonald deserve to handle people like you. I pray you have no children this world does not need more of your genes running around hurting this economy even more!

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