Just recently I was shown an article called “5 reasons why I won’t tip you if you’re a waiter.” The content doesn’t sound much better than the title; if anything, it sounds worse. The author lists five reasons why not only will he not tip, but that anyone who feels they should get one is an awful person.
This article was written back in 2009, but having just discovered it, I feel like responding to it. Despite the article being years old, I feel like this is a way a lot of people still think. So I’ll take this point by point. Please note that I am not a waiter, nor have I ever worked as one; I write this as a fellow diner, just another guest, but one who is currently looking at this author like I’ve just discovered the reason people hate any jobs where they have to deal with customers.
1. You act as if you’re my best friend
Christ, you offend me – kneeling down next to my table, pretending to like me and chatting as if you’re my best friend when it’s obvious that all you’re after is the tip! I’m not a bloody money bag you know. I will pay the bill which includes the cost of the food, the environment and the salaries of the people involved – nothing more.
Some patrons like to be left alone while others will complain about the lack of personality or attention. Some just want their food while others go for an experience. Some are extroverts who love chatting with the staff while others have trouble looking up from their menus. The point is that you never know what kind of customer you’re going to get, and how much you make depends on how happy the customer is.
Beyond that, this whole post is centered around not giving a tip anyway, so regardless of what waiters do around you, they’re already doomed from the start. For that reason alone, I’m hoping the next waiter you meet is as in-your-face and obnoxiously sociable as possible.
But your observation was certainly keen. They are doing it for the tip. How remarkable. You’d think that was their job or something. Continue reading