Originally Posted by That One Guy
****ty service equals ****ty tip. If he felt the service was poor and gave a poor tip in kind, that's fair. There's a lot of people that want to shout from the mountaintops that they're good tippers, want to come screaming to the defense of anyone that lives off tips, and wants to sell a sob story to anyone that'll listen about the tough life of a tip-earning worker. If you're not one of them, why be a dick because he gave the tip he thought the person earned? Were you watching over his shoulder and know a different story than the one he relayed?
No, clearly I wasn't looking over his shoulder. I'm just going by what he typed. He starts saying he really wanted to tip 20%. On his $54 meal, that's $10.80. He left $5 instead. Less than half that. Read his post again. The service doesn't sound bad. The server didn't offer him a drink, that's about it.
Some people you just can't please in this business. They're going to find any reason (i.e., "the bill got brought too early and it totally ruined my night!") to stiff a guy or complain. He probably fished for a free dessert from the manager too.
Here's the thing. No sob story from me. My Dad owns and has owned various restaurants throughout my life. It's what he does. I've done everything from bus to manage. Now again, no sob story. I'm not going to tell you it's so hard. Because it's not. And this isn't a moral issue, either. It's not anyone's responsibility to make sure a waiter has food on his table when he gets home.
But let's not make up things in our heads to justify it. Just be honest. Just say you're not big on tipping. That's fine. This is America. We're free to make our own decisions. That paragraph was him trying to justify his actions to this board. Just be honest, that's all.