(Closed) Jerkiest "tip" ever (also, share your food service horror stories)

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Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am going to get flamed for this but I do not believe every person deserves a 10%, 20% whatever percent tip.

Recently I went to a resturant with my dh. It was not busy at all. The waitresses were laughing in the corner. We waited 10 minutes for our drink order to be taken. We told her we were ready to order. She goes and gets her notepad. Takes order. 15 minutes later comes back to ask me if I want gravy on my fries. Yes I do. Finally she goes back to the kitchen and another waitess brings us drinks. The wrong drinks but I drank it anyways. Finally we get our food. She never checks on us at all. We are trying to swollow down food with no drink for 20 minutes.

Manager walks around. Asks us how our meals are. I looked at him and polietely said it would actually be wonderful if you could get us a drink. Husband was done with his meal and I was still picking at mine. He went back talked to the waitress and we got our drinks with a weak apology.

Now the entire time we heard the waitresses talking loudly and laughing.

Needless to say that woman’s tip was $0.00. If you want to put minimum effort into serving me you deserve minimum wage.

 

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re really that hard up for money you shouldn’t be eating out. Go buy a box of rice for a dollar, add water & you have dinner. Some people are just jerks!

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@pocketful_of_flowers:  I totally agree, if you give shitty service, you don’t deserve a tip. Again, saying this as a former server. But having these stupid little cards about his tax rate printed up basically says he made a point to go out to a restaurant and knew before he even sat down that he would NOT be tipping no matter what kind of service he received. He was only interested in pushing his own (stupid) agenda. Same reason I hated the religious tips.

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@misspeanut:  I agree that the cards are stupid. He is probably the type that says if he has a hang nail it’s Obama’s fault.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I had to respond on this. Working years in customer service… Ugh it’s terrible.

The worst tables to get for me were the overly jealous girls with their boyfriends. As a female server you kind of learn to spend at least 80% of your time at a table with a couple addressing the female so you don’t make her jealous. Typically works but then you get the couple where the girl is staring you down the whole time ready to attack you. The guy is nice and you have flawless service, but you get 0.22 cents as a tip when they leave, no doubt the girls idea.

One creepy old guy kept asking me to go on his boat with him once. He spent a long time trying to convince me. Well when he went to leave he gives me $2.00 on a 25$ bill. When he handed me the money he says “Here, put this toward school” knowing I was trying to get back in school.

I’ve also had a guy tell me and my co workers his phone costs more than any of us made in a year and blah blah blah he’s soooo much better than us.

So many jerks out there

I did have a sweet tip once though. Well I had a lot of super nice tables and all but this one sticks out the most. I don’t remember who it was, I never saw him again but I was serving at Applebees and had a table full of guys. They were all nice and one of the guys was acting all goofy and his friends kept teasing him about me. Nothing happened while he was there but when I went to clear the table he’d written a poem about me on one of our napkins and let a tip about 4 times the actual bill ammount.

I also had another guy tip $40.00 on a $5.00 ticket. He was drunk and about 30 seconds after leaving the tip he asks “Is that your boyfriend?” and points to my now fiance. You could tell he regretted tipping so much after I said yes lol

Post # 37
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Honey bee

@sarahbabs:  What a douche. That person is just trying to make a political statement at the expense of his/her poor waiter. If you can’t afford to properly tip your waitstaff, don’t eat out.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Yikes, the stories in this thread are just … Awful!  I feel very fortunate now that I never worked as a waitress or bartender (though I definitely had my share of rude people to deal with when I worked in customer service during school).

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Okay, so this is not related to food service, but I just had a crappy “customer service” moment today.  I work for a law firm that represents low income individuals for free.  However, that means we can’t take EVERY case, particularly if someone is over income.  I don’t normally do intakes, but happened to do one today, but the person had contacted the wrong number.  I was trying to give them the correct information but they decided instead to SCREAM at me and tell that I wasn’t doing my job correctly, etc.  I told him to calm down or I was going to have to hang up.  He screamed, “I”m not yelling at you!!!!”  So I had to hang up.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

WOW, what an ass Surprised

I can’t believe someone actually wrote that! And to blame it on Obama LOL, Idiot.  What a jerk! And that is no excuse for not tipping. If you can afford the luxury of dining out you can afford to tip.

I used to work in the food industry and I LOATHED it. The worst was when I worked in a busy cafe which was situated opposite the District Courts. Some of the customers (especially the regulars) were such arrogant asses. On my first day I served one of the regulars who came in everyday, and I didn’t realise she was a regular so I asked her what she wanted to drink. She flipped out at me and was completely psychotic, and started shouting “How DARE you ask ME what I want. I WANT MY USUAL!!!” I told her that it was my first day, and asked her what her usual was. She then threw her money at me (which I had to retrieve from the floor), and I gave her a number to stick on her table. She then went off at me again because I gave her a table number (I wasn’t aware that the “regulars” didn’t get numbers) She was so rude, and I felt so humiliated.

I also had a real jerk of a boss, who bought the place after I had started there, and he had no experience in managing or working in the hospitality industry. It was a nightmare. He would shout at us waitresses infront of the customers, and would be really stingy so he would only have one waitress on the floor on one day. The cafe was always super busy, and one day it was just me and the chef and the barrista working, so I was running from the till to the kitchen to the coffee machine, and then running out into the cafe to serve people their meals, and to wipe and clear the tables.

This boss even tried paying me below minimum wage, and tried getting me to sign a contract saying that I wouldn’t have any set hours. I didn’t sign it, but I went from doing a minimum of 30hours a week to 5hours in one week, which was the week leading up to Christmas.Sometimes, he wouldn’t pay me for about a month!

The absolute worst experience I’ve had was when a business man came in and said “I’ve got a meeting soon, and I’m running late, so can you put my coffee order in front of everyone elses?” I replied in a polite manner that it was not possible and went against our policy, and that he would have to wait for his coffee to be made in order. I also explained why (first come, first serve, others might have an appointment/meeting and that would make them late) and then he glared at me and shouted at me “You stupid flat chested f*cking b*tch!!!!” The cafe went quiet and everyone stared at me. It was so horrible!! And, my boss was there and he didn’t stand up for me at all, instead he apologized to the man and made him his coffee before everyone elses!!!Yell

I’ll NEVER work in such a place again. UGH.

ETA: Also, in NZ tipping isn’t a requirement, however, most cafes have tipping jars at the counter. At this work place the tip jar was almost full just before my boss bought the place, and when he bought it, he emptied the tip jar and kept all of the money for himself!!! I was livid!

 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I worked as a server fulltime for over a year and got some weirdos.  I was really good at my job and was promoted to train the new hires, so I knew what I was doing.  But people can be real jerks.

The worst was a guy who tried to take up a ton of my time by asking about the menu, trying to make small talk, blah blah.  I semi-flirted back with him because I’m in it for tips and I want to give good service.  When he was finally done, he told me not to bring him the bill.  Haha, yes I am because you are going to pay.  He said either I make it free or I have to go on a date with him.  What?!?  He explained that I will more than make my money back because he would take me on a lavish date and “take care of everything”.  I did not want the date.  He paid the bill, left no tip but left me a little business card sized CD-rom with a commercial for his business on it. He had some martial arts studio.

I had an old lady who didn’t tip but wanted to hire me to help her move.  She offered $10/hr cash.  I totally took the job!

Teenagers that stay all evening and leave coins under an upside down glass of water.  You have to spill the water to get the money out. 

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow, that’s horrible! My DH and I both have worked in the food service industry. We are firm believers that (while it will never happen) EVERYONE should work in the food service/customer service industry at least once during their lifetime. I bet it would change some people’s attitudes towards waitstaff etc.

 

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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@LovelyLaura:  Agreed! 🙂 SO and I both work retail at the moment, and we’ve had our share of horror stories. No one should have to take this kind of thing from customers. Not everyone working in customer service/food service is “a lazy uneducated bum going nowhere in life”. Some might happen to enjoy that industry.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@stephanie3973:  Yes! I really enjoyed working in the food industry. As weird as it sounds, I even have dreams I am still working in one of the Nursing Homes I was employed by for a number of years. It’s crazy! The main reason I got out of food service is because the emotional drama you are subjected to.

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@sarahbabs:  WOW. Just wow. It’s crap like this that made me stop waiting tables during college.  

After someone left me a dollar and a bible (the note said, “People need Jesus more than money”), I stalked after them with the intention of throwing a ketchup bottle at their head, I realized I wasn’t cut out for the service industry anymore.

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@sarahbabs:  Yeah, but servers are, for the most part, a gossipy group and also fairly transient.  Anyone who consistently pulls crap like this will become well known as a bad tipper and won’t receive decent service ever again.

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