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Why do people in the food service industry automatically think they deserve a tip?

Aren't you supposed to earn a tip? It seems like today, waiters/waitresses expect a tip when they don't even check on my table once! Don't get me wrong, I think if a person did a great job and checked up on me to make sure everything was find, then I tip 20% or I'll tip my barber 30% because he's actually doing the job of cutting my hair. All waiters/waitresses have to do is take orders, serve the stinking food and refill cups. Not exactly rocket science. And for all of you who say, "Waiters have to make a living off just tips." Well, go find a new job that pays at least minimun wage otherwise shut the heck up. Waiters must make a decent amount if they are still working there otherwise there wouldn't be any waiters in the world right? If the waiter/waitress did the cooking and it was delicious I would leave them 20% for great cooking....but all they do is take the food to you....Do you usually tip your mailman for doing a great job of delivering your mail? It's ridiculous how tipping is a burden placed on the customer....$2/hour...HELLO??! Isn't there something wrong there?!? Expensive restaurants: exorbatant $$ amount for food, maybe they can pay their waiters more...Restaurant chains: multimillion dollar chains can afford to pay their servers more. I love the responses of "stay at home and cook your own food" or "stop being cheap"...like supplementing their salaries is somehow my burden.

Asked By: curiousT - 9/4/2006
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This is ignorant thinking. I'm a chef, and my servers work their butts off to satisfy customers. If you really knew what went on behind the scenes in a restaurant, your normal tip would be around 20... More
Answered By: Jon - 9/4/2006
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I agree, same as taxi drivers, hairdressers, tipping should be completely banned, we all earn a wage so why tip someone who is working like everyone else.
Answered By: cheyenne - 9/4/2006
 
It's part of the culture... More
Answered By: wrathofkublakhan - 9/4/2006
 
Technically, you are supposed to tip if the service is decent. If the service is excellent (your food arrives in under 10 minutes, the waiter/waitress was very friendly and helpful), then leave a great tip. However, if the service was awful, leave them a tip they'll never forget: nothing!
Answered By: Feigned Ignorance! - 9/4/2006
 
I challenge you to work as a waiter/waitress for one month. You will have a whole new perspective on this question.
Answered By: Rain - 9/4/2006
 
I agree to some extent but hello if you are rude to them then there will be no more waitresses or waiters to serve you. I think if they did good service they get a good tip more than the 20%
Answered By: DispatchGirl - 9/4/2006
 
they make only on average 2-3 dollars an hour. they expect cause they r told that they can make more doing that then anywher else. TJforever
Answered By: TJforever - 9/4/2006
 
Yes they deserve a tip, they need both parts of this income to survive financally, what is your time worth? It's not a job you do just for the money, for the other great things, seeing great food made with love, meeting lovely regular customers who tip appropriately,helping everyone enjoy a relaxing time of the day, be... More
Answered By: mernsy - 9/4/2006
 
Really? Try it some time and see what you think then. Sure it sounds easy just to take orders and refill drinks but not when theres 20 tables needing attention all at the same time. Geez... More
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Answered By: Tasksgirl - 9/4/2006
 
I will agree with you that most of what waitpersons do is not rocket science. However, that said, a good attentive waitron is worth their weight in gold. They keep the meal flowing and help when there are problems like spills. Particularly for business people they can help make a positive impression on your client... More
Answered By: Magic One - 9/4/2006
 
In Texas, the food industry is only required to pay waitstaff and bartenders $2.35 an hour. They assume they will make enough extra $$ in tips to make up for the reduction in minimum wage. They normally work very hard for their $$, and I think unless the service just really sucks, or they're rude, they always deserve... More
Answered By: Bob C - 9/4/2006
 
They deserve tips, people these days are not courteous by any means, don't get me wrong there are some of the mature sector out here. Obviously the reason we go to these places is because we want the conveince of being served, if we are not satisfied with that, maybe we should stay home and cook our own stinking food.
Answered By: beloved629 - 9/4/2006
 
First off, if you feel dissatisfied with the service you should bring it to the attention of the manager of the restaurant. Not all issues that a guest may think is service is within their control. What happens when a bartender makes the wrong drink, doesnt make the drink quick enough, the chef overcooks a steak, or an... More
Answered By: John F - 9/4/2006
 
If they do a good job and make your meal a pleasurable experience they do deserve a tip. I highly doubt you have ever tipped 20%, you sound far too cheap. Perhaps you should stay home.
Answered By: shiraz_princess - 9/4/2006
 
I think the key word here is deserve. I have had good service, excellent service, and then I have had service that left much to be desired. I realize that they earn part of their wages from providing a service, but I feel the degree of their service warrants the amount of tip... More
Answered By: gacohio@sbcglobal.net - 9/4/2006
 
Waiting tables can be an incredibly hard job and I tend to tip 15% for average service (they brought my food in a reasonable amount of time) and more for good service... More
Answered By: earth_angelus - 9/4/2006
 
it is my understanding that a t.i.p. is "to insure promptness". i have been in many restaurant's that have a waitstaff who believe that they are being prompt. some of them are and they probably know it by the amount of tips they get. on the other hand, the ones who are not very prompt, may not know it, and actually... More
Answered By: bengardner33 - 9/4/2006
 
tips are bullshit. idont get a tip for installing a windsheild correctly its part of the job.what i signed up for.get a job that your employer will pay your wage.dont rely on other people to pay your wage especially when they overcharge us for the food.
Answered By: jimtheglassmaster - 9/4/2006
 
You've obviously never worked fooservice or you wouldn't be asking this question. Just know that for every person who is respectful and friendly to their wait staff, there is another who treats them like garbage. Treat your wait staff the way you would want to be treated. Usually this results in a better experience... More
Answered By: BeenThereDoneThat - 9/4/2006
 
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