posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 10:38 PM
Like a lot of people, I waited tables and tended bar through college so I have a biased opinion. Depending on where you are, restaurants pay servers
about 2.13/hr because they can and given that, why should they pay more? To give you an idea, I used to work 40-45 hours a week and my 2 week check
was never more than 20$ after taxes. From the cash tips they receive, its also common for the server to also have to split that with the bartender,
busboy, cashier, etc...
It really wouldn't be fair to raise the food prices and pay all servers the same (higher rate) unless you are communist. and to be realistic, some
servers are much better than others and would thus deserve to make more. Additionally, even if two servers could provide the same level of attention,
its possible one could provide the same service to more people at the same time and thus deserve to make more.
As for people that don't tip (or tip poorly), mark my words - you will certainly get the worst service possible if you have been to that restaurant
more than a couple times. There is no doubt, you are known as a crappy tipper the moment you walk into the door and you are probably shuffled to the
crappier server's section as the better servers would likely have enough influence to steer you away from their section. From the server viewpoint,
why would they give you any attention when they could give it to someone else who is (or at least might be) a good tipper.
From a customer's standpoint, I'm personally embarrassed to dine with someone that is a crappy tipper (if they are paying). And if they do, I
generally try to let them pay only if I can cover the tip. If that's not an option, I'll stash some extra cash under a plate or something when we
leave as I'd not like to be associated with being a poor tipper.