The latest salvo in New York City got my attention. Now, there have been times when I’ve seen “suggested” tips on a primarily offered receipt — the most recent time at Lulav, where I was presented with the tip-tied bill at 20 percent first.
Good service will get you 20 percent with me. Bad service, at least 10... Just don’t take that as an excuse to be a bad waiter.
So, I’ve chatted with some waitpersons here lately… and have heard distressing stories. Like the girl at the mid-range pub who had a group of 12 for lunch one day and a $5 tip — for around $130 worth of food. The diner maven who kept trying to give me the chance for my $5 for a $20 lunch for the three of us — she was good but couldn’t imagine she deserved a little cash for the effort.
And then there was the pizza joint waitress who I happened upon a few weeks ago… I won’t mention the restaurant because it really wasn’t to blame and I like their food. This particular waitress dressed down an eight-top of twenty-somethings, one of whom had allegedly smacked her posterior. She berated them until a couple of them tossed a couple of dollars on the table. I was impressed by her fortitude but wondered if she’d have employment at the end of the night. After all, even politely asking for a tip is considered bad form.
So, what do you think? I’d love to hear how you feel about tipping.