Why i Believe in Tipping!

Why I Believe in Tipping!

As most people in the restaurant service industry know Europeans do not always tip as well, if at all compared to US diners.

Until around a year ago i was of the attitude that the waiters and waitresses get paid a wage to do their job as i do. If i sell a product to someone they do not pay for it then hand me 15% of its cost as a tip? Which in essence is what happens in restaurants.

However, now that i have spent more time in American restaurants i can see and understand that tipping is for service. The better the service the more i tip. This brings me to the point, if i feel is that i receive bad or no service i will not tip as they have done the bare minimum which they get paid for by the restaurant.

In England our service is generally not as good as the US as they server knows that they will not be getting a tip 8 times out of 10. So what is the point of being overly nice if you will only be earning the same regardless. Which is why i believe in tipping.

The more demanding i am to the server the more i tip at the end, if they have kept up, made themselves available as soon as possible and have been polite i will be happy and will make sure that they are happy after i have left.

This is a small issue i know, but i wanted to address it.

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4 responses to “Why i Believe in Tipping!

  1. Thanks for the like on my blog!

    This is a very interesting article, and I wanted to bring something else to your attention about Tipping. Yes, overall, it is about service and a way to show appreciation for the service. However, let me share with you an anecdote from a few years back.

    A couple of my friends were waitstaff at a national chain restaurant. They lived on their tips. Why? Because their weekly paychecks were nothing. And I really do mean nothing. I went to the bank once with them and their paychecks were all below $20. For a week. If they didn’t make good tips, they didn’t eat.

    Just another reason for tipping in the good ol’ USA! Love the blog so far, and will definitely be following!

  2. Peter

    I have to agree on the way Europeans, or in my case Dutch, don’t tip. having lived and worked abroad in Germany and the UK, I learned how low wages can be, and that tipping is a way to survive.

    When eating out, and when I pay the bill, and when service is good, they still get a tip, even when others who enjoyed that same meal say it’s not necessary, I still tip. First it’s my money, and I want to show my appreciation for the job done.

    A paycheck below $20 a week, sounds like slavery to me.

  3. I was a waitress many years ago. That said, I was stunned how people took everything out on the waitstaff. Bad food, deduct it from the tip. Order is slow, take it out on the waitress. Charge them for the extra cup of coffee, or slice of tomato (restaurant policy), take it out of my tip. That experience taught me to make sure the waitstaff receives decent compensation. The salary was virtually non-existent. The tips were my salary. Be fair to the waitstaff. It’s a tough way to make a living. They work VERY hard!

  4. Dan

    I’m with Mr. Pink on this one. In theory tips are a monetary incentive for a worker to perform well. In every other job that monetary incentive is called a fair salary; in the restaurant industry tips are an excuse to pay workers below minimum wage while passing the cost on to the consumers. Waitstaff at a busy restaurant do work hard, but certainly no harder than the cooks and dishwashers who don’t get tips. In reality, the front of the house usually makes much more money than the back – at the restaurant I worked at, servers routinely had $200 nights (while cooks had $200 weeks). On top of all that, waiters in first-world countries weren’t sold into slavery; there are hundreds of steady, dependable jobs that don’t require education open to people willing to work hard.

    I don’t eat out much.

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