Service Industry Rant
So I was just listening to the radio, and some piece of shit comes on talking about how tipping is a bonus for servers, and that it's up to the restaurant to pay the server a living wage. I'm sorry, but have you ever known anyone that's worked in the service industry?
I can't believe this guy! PEOPLE MAKE A LIVING OFF OF YOUR TIPS! I understand not leaving 20% if the service is poor, but nothing at all? What happens when I come to your job, and you give me poor customer service...does your paycheck suffer?! I think not! You still get to go on with your head stuck up your happy ass not worried about the deciding whether to pay the electric bill or eat lunch for a week. Everyone is short on cash these days, but if you don't have the money to include a tip then DON'T GO OUT! As for the restaurant covering the server's wage: the restaurant is only responsible for covering the difference between what a server makes and minimum wage; if they make any more than that, the restaurant doesn't owe them anything. Even if it's just one cent more. I don't know if you know what minimum wage is now, but that's only $7.25/hr. I can barely make ends meet at $11/hr. The service industry works hard before and after hours to make sure guests are taken care of, and you should be a little bit more appreciative of that!
Never stiff your server. If the service is really that poor then SAY SOMETHING! Not online, but to someone's face when they can actually do something about it! Not that anyone likes a complaint, but it helps make people better. You know what also makes people better, when you COMPLIMENT a good server, and not just with a tip. A tip is a given, but restaurants also like to hear when they're doing things right. I don't think people compliment restaurants enough.
Moral of the story: Go to hell, cheapo