Just wow at all these “nos”
I believe I’m a good tipper, usually 20% but your attitude is just appalling…If I’m going to a restuarant to have an enjoyable time, then I’m going to enjoy my time, if you’re unhappy with it, then you should probably find a new job.
Concerning your “rules”
1. About the children, actually it IS your job to clean up after your table regardless of how messy a child is. If you do a good job it’s a 20% tip, this is just part of the job, people make messes and you chose a profession to clean it up. I realize it’s not ideal and takes more time, but everyone has to deal with problems not just you.
2. There is no time limit, again it’s 20% for the table, if I want to stay an extra 30 minutes to enjoy my drink, dessert, whatever, I’m going to do that. I realize you make your money based on the amount of tables you serve, but I’m there to enjoy myself and not make you money.
5. Your argument about inflation is flawed. Yes it’s not 1960 anymore, but the prices of meals have gone up, meaning the prices you’d get from a tip has gone up. Granted most people tend to leave an 18-20% tip anyway, but griping about inflation as a reason why a 15% isn’t acceptable is just stupid.
9. A lot of resturaunts actually like to advertise people coming in for meetings, desserts, etc because it brings in more business for them, I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but take it up with management or corporate depending on where you work, this isn’t our problem. If I see an ad on TV saying to come in and enjoy xyz great new dessert, and that’s all I want too do, I’m going to spend more than 5 minutes sitting a table, because it’s not worth my time to be there otherwise. If you expect me to leave quickly, do not expect a decent tip.
10. That’s a really rude attitude about your customers. Sometimes people have had a busy/bad day and just want to get their cup of coffee or whatever before having to hear your required greeting. It might “piss you off” that they interrupt you, but it “pisses them off” when you don’t respond to their needs and wants either, and perhaps that’s why your tips suffer.
13. About the rudest thing I’ve ever heard from a server. I’m sorry that you’re busy, and I’m sorry that you’re dealing with another customer. I’m also sorry that servers tend to be overworked and get strained. I really try not to let my tip reflect things beyond the servers control, like a packed full house restaraunt meaning slower response times from a server, I get that it’s not within your control and you’re still doing the best you can. I will and will continue to wave at my server to get there attention and let them know I am currently needing something. Yes I know you’re not at my beck and call, but it’s a great way to let you know that there is a need at xyz table and if you could perhaps take a second when you are finished with what you’re currently doing to stop by. If I was completely ignored after waving, yes, a tip would suffer. I’m not about to pay for rude service.
I’m just going to mention out here, I’m sorry you’re screwed over by the companies that rely on you to make your money via tips. The fact of the matter is, tips is To Insure Prompt Service. If you can’t do a good job, you don’t deserve a tip. and Servers with snarky behavior and self righteous attitude lose money.