posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 12:53 PM
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
I have never really understood tipping waitresses or taxi drivers, they are doing a job and providing a service and they get paid to do so, why should
I pay them any more if they are already being paid.
I don’t tip.
My excuse “you’re getting paid regardless”.
I mean really 18%!!!!
What a cheek to ask for it, you go to a restaurant pay for a nice meal and they ask you for another 18% for giving you a smile and a bit of customer
service, that should be free.
I really dislike cheap people who don't tip. Though I agree that 18% may be a bit high. For me it depends on the price of the bill, and how much work
the server actually did. I usually tip somewhat generously, but also based on performance.
To "Othersideofthecoin," specifically.... I think this may be yet another issue where there is a major discrepancy of culture which causes a differing
opinion. IDK how it is in the UK (which is where you live, correct?) but waitstaff here do not make the same "minimum wage" as everyone else. Their
employees are allowed to pay them much, much less... an amount which would be impossible to live on, alone, with the expectation that this will be
made up for in tips. With fair tipping, waitstaff make enough to survive on.
As I said, I don't know if this is the case in the UK. I recall when I travelled to NZ, I was told it was customary to not
tip your servers.
Over there the servers make just as much as anybody else-- so it makes sense to not tip them. Where I live minimum wage is around $8 an hour. And
this is barely enough to live on, if you work a full-time, 40 hour work-week. I believe servers only make around $2.50. If $8 an hour is barely
enough to scrape by on 40 hours (and most employers these days will not give even close to 40 hours-- they purposely keep most employees around 30 or
less, to ensure they never have to pay "overtime") then how far do you think $2.50 an hour would get you?
In the end, if everyone acted like this jerk, they would either need to change the laws so servers got the same amount, or there would be almost no
servers to bring the food, and people would get cold food, or maybe even have to get their own stuff, and would surely complain about that, and maybe
the restaurant industry would even suffer.
I hope someone hits this guy with the reverse golden rule, and does unto him.
edit on 1-2-2013 by iwilliam because: (no reason given)