I’ve written a few articles in the past about tipping etiquette, how much to tip and in which cases to tip. Clearly in the service industry, patrons and servers don’t see eye-to-eye on gratuities, and in some cases whether any tip should be left at all. Needless to say everybody and their mother have their two cents worth on tipping. Myself included of course, hence why I’m writing another post.
One thing we all can agree on is that tipping is a way for patrons to say, “Thank You” for doing a quality job and providing solids service. Tipping is also optional, and not something that is mandatory by any stretch. Unfortunately the meaning of gratuities is changing and is something that is becoming expected by some. As soon as it becomes expected, then it’s part of a persona wage, and it’s no longer optional. Isn’t the whole intention of the tip a way of saying, “Thank You” and “Optional”? Some just seem to forget this, and just because they brought you food over the course of the evening expect something in return. Truly, I enjoy tipping and offering praise for a job well done, but I dislike when it’s expected.
Nobody likes feeling pressured or getting the evil eye when there’s not enough tip or any left for that matter. Yet it’s something that happens more often than not in the service industry. The tip amount is a reflection due to a combination of great service and equally good tasting food, so the servers in most instances need to work in harmony with the kitchen. So, a solid plate of food and equally good food result in an equally good tip. Generally a 15 per cent top is the standard for a good meal and 20 per cent for an exceptional meal with exceptional service.
Tipping in the Headlines
Recently tipping etiquette made some headlines and has in fact gone viral. Someone on the receiving end set off a firestorm by posting the above photo showing a restaurant receipt for nearly $140 and a note in place of a tip that reads – “Single Mom, Sorry.” Like I said the above photo has gone viral, and has been viewed more than 600,000 times, and in the process sparked a lot of online commentary. Was the service that bad? Probably not, because another note at the bottom compliments the meal with a note – “Thank you it was great.”
I found the above move very low, pathetic and pretty disgusting. For someone who has money to blow on $140 dinner, sure could have spent that $140 for a week worth of groceries if they were truly broke, but instead it was spent on a single meal.
Furthermore, tipping also made the news in Des Moines, Iowa, when a Pizza Hut delivery driver didn’t get a tip became upset in the process and ended up urinating on the front door of where he just delivered. Again, the woman who ordered the pizza said – “Sorry, no extra money for tip.”
I say tip or don’t go out to eat. Unless, the service was terrible you should tip. If the food is horrible, it’s up to you to let your server know, and in turn they should get together with the manger, who should comp your meal. I tip on a scale starting at 15 percent. I look for a happy person, nobody likes to be served by a bad attitude, some promptness, and generally how well the food tastes.
Readers, have you ever not tipped after a meal? What do you base your tip on?
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