Monday, October 09, 2006

Tipping is not a city in China...

Or so I've been told. However, that is not the issue today. My issue
is with restaurants that instill a mandatory tip for larger groups which
seems to imply any group larger than 6 or 8 depending on the
restaurant. I just don't understand this practice. My issues are as
1. First and foremost, tips are OPTIONAL. They are to show
appreciation for good or exceptional service, and the amount is in
direct relation to the level of service.
2. I don't think any group stiffs the waitstaff unless the service was
extremely. In the rare chance you get a group that does not tip, that's
the price you pay, and refer back to issue #1.
3. I usually tip much better than their "required" tip, however if I am
forced to tip, I will only tip the amount they are demanding rather than
the larger amount that I probably would have left. Have I let
restaurants know this? Yes I have.

And yes, I have worked as a waitress in the past, and no, I never felt
tips should be mandatory. I was always grateful for whatever I got, and
always tried to give the best service possible with the old fashioned
smile and politeness. I think I must have done a good job as my tips
were pretty good. This is the purpose of a tip.

How do you feel about this practice?


At 09 October, 2006 14:10, Blogger Liz said...

I'm pretty sure I just don't care.

At 09 October, 2006 14:45, Blogger Andrea said...

did you walk uphill both ways through snow to get to school? =P

i think i'm a good tipper, but i'll also tip more for bad service, in an effort to shame them for their poor behavior. it's pretty rare that i've left nothing.


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