OK, I have to ask – how much do you tip a Server at a restaurant?
This question has been bugging me for months! I’m originally from the Northeast though I have been in the south for quite some time. I was taught to tip the Server 15%-20% depending up on the service, the quality of the food, etc. Having been a waitress myself (in years past), I’m usually very concientious of how much I tip and it’s usually 20% or MORE. Where I live now, it’s amazing the Servers at the restaurants I frequent even make ends meet…and for some of them that IS their only means of income!
Just the other day, a friend of ours who also happened to be our Server, had received a tip of only $2.00 out of a $40 check. She’s a GOOD Server. She knows her stuff, is very friendly, and the quality of the food is usually just as good. I could not understand for the life of me how a $2 tip on a $40 check was even possible. She proceeded to tell me that she feels blessed if she gets $5 tips most days. I couldn’t even believe that! (An average meal cost at this particular restaurant is $25-$35.) When I asked her why, she explained that customers in this particular area generally don’t tip well. My reaction – You have GOT to be kidding me! 15% should be the standard, if anything, for goodness sake!
There is no excuse for poor tipping unless, of course, one’s meal is truly UNacceptable. What do you think?