Sorry for the spelling errors below, I guess I am too reliant on spell checker...
Tipping is a courteous gesture to acknowlege that someone waited on you hand and foot.
The bill total is a reflection of what each menu item costs, from shipping, food prep, back of the house staffing, power bills, insurance, etc...basically everything it costs to run a business. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SERVER'S PAY CHECK.
I went to college, I have a full-time, salaried job, and I have been a server part-time for ten years. Waitign tables helped me pay my way through college, and it allows for my husband and I to have extra spending money right now as all of our friends are getting married and live in various parts of the U.S.
If you choose to order calamri appetizer, a filet, and dewers on the rocks, your going to have a high bill. Your server is going to make sure your appezier comes out in a timely manner (because the kitchen staff could care less), your server is going to make sure your steak temp is the way you want it and she/he is going to keep a close eye on your drink, ready to place another order when it gets low. This among with many other things, such as refilling the bread (because 9 out of 10 times, the free stuff gets scarfed down before the server is even finished taking the order), refilling waters, replacing napkins that are dropped on the ground, cleaning-up spills from the four year old that was allowed to play with everything, and laughing at rude/sexually inapproriate jokes just to keep you happy.
So next time you don't think that tipping the server is necessary, please go to the grocery store, buy the food and fix it yourself. Because you obviously don't want to pay for your service.
To every rule there is an exception and crappy servers don't deserve a tip, but ask yourself, "Was I a crappy guest and not worth the service?" Becuase there is a way to treat people that does not involve whistling, or grabbing an arm.
I am not a bitter server, please don't assume so after reading this post. I usually make out decent because I care about my customers experience, but I do get the occassional jerk, that no matter how well you treat them, still feels heshe can wiesel out of a tip because "he waited to long prior to sitting" or whatever excuse is conjured up.
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