• Maybe Someone Missed The Sign?

    Posted by on November 27th, 2005 · Comments (5)

    From The Post Chronicle:

    As if Tom Cruise needed more bad publicity. A report from the website entitled bitterwaitress.com has labeled TomKat a cheapskate. BitterWaitress.com has thousands of entries listing the identities of the generous gratuity avoiders.

    The so-called ‘Shitty Tipper Database’ has famous names and regular citizen’s side-by-side for turning cheap when the check came.

    Superstar Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter reportedly left a 3 percent tip on a $54.00 bill.

    Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams is a multiple offender – leaving between 7-8%.

    Maybe Jeter was just trying to let them know that the service stunk via the $2 tip? I’m usually in the 15-20% range (even when just getting eggs at IHOP or ice cream at Friendly’s) when the service is good. And, if the 20% is under $5 then I usually just leave $5. (I figure that it’s worth at least five bucks to bring food and drinks to a family of four – even if it’s cheap eats.) But, I have left just a $2 or $3 tip in some places when I wanted to let them know that it was not a good experience.

    Tips are like respect, you have to earn it to get it.

    Comments on Maybe Someone Missed The Sign?

    1. November 28th, 2005 | 6:46 am

      We had “birthday dinner,” for our just-turned 21 year old daughter yesterday at a local Italian eatery. Dinner cost for 3 was $44.00; the service was so good I left $10 for tip. Now, cost of living here is a lot lower, obviously(midwest), but it was a pleasure to leave the tip, and, I told his supervisor so!

    2. Jason O.
      November 28th, 2005 | 9:25 am

      Generally 10-15% if the server is horrible…20% otherwise. In other words, the server has to really work his way out of 20%.

      Forget all the “Yankees standing still” articles out there, Cashman is being deliberate and measured this offseason.
      I believe he has a plan.

    3. Raf
      November 28th, 2005 | 10:22 am

      Generally 10-15% if the server is horrible…20% otherwise. In other words, the server has to really work his way out of 20%.
      ==================

      Same here.

      I’ve yet to receive “horrible” service. Having worked in a restaurant, I’m more lenient than others, understanding that sometimes it gets busy, or people don’t come in to work, or a customer gives a hard time, or something happens in the kitchen, etc, etc, etc.

    4. November 28th, 2005 | 11:10 am

      I agree, Steve.

    5. hopbitters
      November 28th, 2005 | 11:10 am

      To be fair, nobody is going to post their experience on that site unless they are seriously pissed, and I suspect more than a little exaggeration comes into play, without mentioning if there was any reason behind the poor tip.

      Of course, it takes a lot of exaggeration to make 3% respectable. You get 10% with me just for showing up. The only way you get less than that is if I have to leave the restaurant on a stretcher. Just barely average service will get you 16+%. I’ve gone as high as 35%, but that was for the best meal/service I’ve had dining out.

      If the tab is less than $30/person, I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect exemplary service anyway. I’m not going to complain that my steak was overcooked if I paid $15 for it. If I paid $28 for it, I’ll ask that it be corrected. If the server/cook can get it right (graciously) the second time, I’m OK with that. I classify “horrible” service as when I paid enough to expect good service, and something correctible went wrong and they failed to correct it in a reasonable manner.

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