I have a new attitude about tipping servers in restaurants and other service people.
I used to give them all a standard 20% of the bill regardless of whether or not I liked their service. I thought it was just plain classy just to leave a tip — but I always wanted it to be the generally-accepted standard tip as ordained by common practices.
My new attitude is that I always tip servers whose service I appreciate an amount equal to the proposed minimum wage ….. an amount that is usually somewhere around Fifteen dollars ($15 USD.).
But in order to get a tip from me at all, servers have to do what they are being paid to do. They have to please me! Their service has to be outstanding. The food they bring to me has to be hot, fresh and delicious.
If the person who is charged with serving me does nothing more than deliver my food and then disappear from view not to be seen again, they are not going to get a dime in gratuities from me.
If I have to chase them down for extra coffee or a glass of water or anything else like that, they don’t get a dime in tips. They have to come around once in awhile and ask me, “Can I do something else for you, sir?” I do not pay for shoddy service and I darned well never pay for slipshod service!
I have never failed to pay for a service rendered but to pay extra for something when the service or the product is substandard is egregious to me and I simply refuse to do it.