This school stumbled across my ‘Ugly Table’ prose and sent me this handy guide on tipping;

10 Thoughts on “Ugly Table advice

  1. PrairieLady on July 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm said: This was an article I read in Feb. and went balistic. I lost an old friend over it …. a wealthy old friend who could not relate. She was more worried about having her taxes raised because she is making wayyyyy over $250,000. People are so greedy.

  2. D.E. Bishop on July 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm said:

    I go with 17% for just about everything, so I guess I’m good. I get after people I’m with who don’t tip, or whose tips are damn cheap. If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to eat at a place where employees rely on tips to make ends meet.

    Agree? Disagree?

  3. l3wis on July 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm said:

    DE – I say that all the time, if you can’t afford to tip at least 15% on your total bill, you should have just stayed home and ate mac and cheese. I don’t go out to eat when money is tight.

  4. l3wis on July 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm said:

    PL – oh the irony of your link 🙂

  5. PrairieLady on July 14, 2012 at 6:35 am said:

    When I 1st heard that story is when I started watching all the crap Florida was doing. For some reason I was thinking Herman Cain was up for that law too.
    I was involved with the bar and restaurant biz for years and have always thought service employees should be paid the same min. wage as everyone else, skip the tipping lower wage. How is anyone suppose to make a living?
    Personally, I have always tipped 15-20% depending on the amount and quality of service and like you, I do not go out if I can not tip. Most of the people I still run with are the same, as we are still friend from working at the Red Lantern back in the 80’s. 😉

  6. Testor15 on July 14, 2012 at 10:41 am said:

    If you can’t help and encourage your server with a tip you could always go meet up with Gant and PP at BK. No tips there…

  7. Justin on July 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm said:

    It’s kind of a controversial issue.

    I usually do 15-20% to the nearest dollar.

    But in most every other country in the world the service tipping isn’t as extreme. Many places won’t accept more than a euro or two and some won’t allow any tips.

    Looking at this from a business owner’s perspective: Why should restaurants get a free ride on paying their employees? Why am I not expected to tip the Chef? Why aren’t we expected to tip at Subway et al?

  8. l3wis on July 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm said:

    “Why should restaurants get a free ride on paying their employees? ”

    I would agree, and you should see some of the things they pull to not only pay servers less but get them to do more FOR them and not the customer.

  9. grudznick on July 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm said:

    Mr. E, I hope you have considered giving up this waitressing job because it really seems to make you grumpy that waitresses make less than thermal acoustical applied engineers make. It seems to be the way. But please continue to mock the ugly and odd people you serf for. That is entertaining.

  10. grudznick on July 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm said:

    Messrs. Gant and PP don’t tip. They scarf, pay the going rate, and run.

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