WaiterRant is one of my favorite blogs. It is well written. It is human. It is often funny even when it is sad.
This MSNBC story is about tipping. I generally tip well – 20% is easier for my math-deprived mind to calculate than 15% is.
But I don’t tip for bad service. Want to get a zilch on a tip – let me know you hate your job and that your would rather be doing almost anything other than serving me. You won’t only get stiffed on a tip but I am likely to suggest you find a new line of work, and I am likely to tell the same to your manager.
But serve me well and I’ll not only tip well, I’ll get your name – and I’ll ask for you to be my server the next time I visit. We’ll build a relationship – you’ll learn what I like and you’ll care for me better than a server I don’t know. I’ll tip you better and better every time you make my dining experience enjoyable.
I’m not rich, so I don’t tip crazy – but I tip realistically. If I had truly rotten service I can usually tell if the problem is with the server or the establishment. If it’s the establishment then I’ll still tip the server well – I just won’t be back to that place.
What are your tipping habits? Do you tip even when the service sucks?