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Tip Rant

Okay, I really need to stay awake, so I'm going to rant about tipping at restaurants. I realize that I have a way different, and probably offensive, opinion than most on this, so ignore as you please...

I want to know whose DUMB ASS idea was it to tip hospitality staff. So I can throttle this person myself. And I swear I'll right hook the next person who says to me, "We had really bad service, the waitress spilled stuff and spat on us. That was the first time we left less than a 25% tip."

I have no time for people who don't understand that that is reinforcing bad behaviour.

Wait staff typically don't make a lot of money in wages.

And WHY is this my problem?

This is an issue between the wait staff and the restaurant owner. The staff's wages are a business expense. Your business Net Income is your Revenues (price of menu items available) minus expenses (among which includes staff wages). The cost of the food includes all staff wages, all maintenance fees and all service charges. If it doesn't, then it's still not my problem. Put it on my tab and label it as "Service Charge" if you need to cover extra things for a large party. But don't make me pay what's not there!

How much someone else makes is not my problem. If you're not happy with your sucky job, then find employment elsewhere or go do something else. It's still not my problem.

It's called a "gratuity".

I've never understood or accepted this argument. Whatever you decide to call it, it's still a dumb idea.

Tip them so that when you go back, they won't spit in your food.

Why can't anyone else see how incredibly wrong tipping is? Service is a part of their job. Why the hell should someone be paid extra for doing their job? I work hard at my job and I get bonuses and/or profit-sharing. But that's between me and my employer. I DO NOT ask the client to pay me extra individually.


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Nov. 19th, 2001 05:26 pm (UTC)
We will have to agree not to agree.
Nov. 20th, 2001 06:04 pm (UTC)
Well you could have a more expensive meal and then be FORCED to pay the gratuity anyway, and then probably get shitty service because of their lack of incentive to bust their butts for you and the 9 other tables they're waiting on. Or you can eat at a restaurant and leave little or no tip if you don't like the service, or you can tip heavily if you do. It's called freedom of choice, sister.
Nov. 20th, 2001 06:59 pm (UTC)
But I don't have a choice if I can only choose to tip them.
Nov. 20th, 2001 06:56 pm (UTC)
I agree that it would be nicer if the wait-staff's total wage was fixed in the meal's price. However, I just feel bad "stiffing" them AND I think most of them do a pretty good job.
Nov. 20th, 2001 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's what I don't understand. WHY is it "stiffing" them?

I'm on salary. I don't get "overtime" pay and yet, it's understood that I will be working way more than 40 hours a week. I do whatever the hell it takes to get the job done and then some.
Dec. 1st, 2001 11:25 am (UTC)
you know, i agree with you on this.

this is probably just because ive been living in china for the past 3 months, where, as im sure you know, tipping is not the thing to do.

but, yeah, i've always thought, well, it's your job, it's not my deal if the restaurant pays you X amount.

i also think it's funny how people say they are differnt rates for different places, like, oh, you went to perkins, you only need to tip 15%, but this restaurant you should tip 25% on.

glad to see someone agrees :)
Dec. 1st, 2001 11:39 am (UTC)
Exactly. =)

Hasn't happened yet, but the schmuck-ass waiter who comes after me telling me that I "forgot to leave a tip" will need both God and Satan working together to ease my wrath.
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