posted on Dec, 10 2007 @ 05:31 PM
I used to live in NYC, where the standard tip was 20%, and that was some years ago. 15% would have been an insult. I still tip at least 20%, and am
surprised the rate hasn't gone up; the price of everything else has.
I have been a server and I know how hard it is. Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people can't do that kind of work. There were people quitting
or being fired all the time where I worked. One of the things I really hated was when the manager would give each server more tables than one person
could handle when it was really busy. You'd end up running your feet off and getting poor tips because you couldn't give each table the time and
attention it needed. Mediocre service is not always the waitstaff's fault.
Even though I understand how hard it is and how much good-will a tip gets, I will tip less for truly unsatisfactory service (some people just cannot
ever be pleased) and sometimes nothing if it's really poor. I also know what I can reasonably expect from a server.
I know it seems like a lot to some people, but I still give 20% most of the time. As others have already pointed out it earns a great deal of good
will and good service if you go back to the same restaurant. In fact, if you're a poor tipper it's probably safer to change restaurants
frequently--you will get a reputation among the servers. What goes around comes around.