Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Just because you are splitting a meal, it does not make a 10% tip any more palatable. In fact, it's worse. I've now done the work for two people, and then got shafted extra on the tip. I don't mind that you can't eat much, or you are trying to save money, or you're trying to be romantic. I'm cool with that. But don't screw me at the end.
I have a rule of thumb, I won't leave less than $2 tip for each person at the table if I get solid service. I don't care what the ticket total is. If I go and have desert with 3 friends, and they each only have coffee, my ticket is likely only $12. I'm leaving that server $8 or more. Really. I used their table for the better part of an hour. The server brought us 3 cups of coffee each, made the desert and was pleasant about it. She brought us extra creamers. He tracked down some more Splenda. She cleaned up the 15 empty creamers and 12 empty sugar packets. He had to clean up where Bill spilled his first cup. She had to wait 2o minutes after close for us.