Originally Posted by Pseudofool
And trust me, most servers have a second job or go to school, because it is difficult to make a living-wage exclusively waiting tables five days a week..
The servers I know that work at chart house and a few other top end restaurants pull 60-80k for only a couple hours a night. They are far from starving. Now I'm sure Denny's and low end places that aren't busy may be different but the high end deals pay well job openings are rare. With that being said I tip 20 percent or more. Even crappy service I'll do 10-15 unless they were completely rude with bad service which doesn't happen often.