Tipping is a topic that can polarize a room almost as quickly as politics. There are those that feel that it’s the employer’s responsibility to pay a living wage and that the general public should not be held accountable for this shortcoming. Then there are also those that feel that you should not go out at all if you can’t afford to tip.
Traditionally, we’ve all been told that the tip should be based on a percentage of the total bill. A different camp of thought is that it should be determined solely by the quality of the service. There was a time that tipping was viewed as a compliment to waitstaff for excellent service. Now, it’s expected and is a legitimate need for servers to make minimum wage.
As someone who has had a range of occupations in the service industry, I can say that tipping is important. Personally, I think that some of the more modern restaurants, such as San Francisco’s Sous Bette Kitchen are on the right track. <a href="http://time.com/money/4046887/restaurants-no-tipping-ban/">http://time.com/money/4046887/restaurants-no-tipping-ban/</a> Tipping is banned there and the quality of service as well as the morale of the employee’s has skyrocketed. We see this same result time after time for restaurants that adopt this policy.
If a restaurant has not implemented living wages and a tip ban, then tipping should be based on service. Someone who orders a steak shouldn’t automatically be obligated to tip more than someone who orders the dinner salad, (or vice versa). If your server treats you well, keeps your glass full, happily takes care of your requests (within reason), they deserve a generous tip.
In my experience, if you take care of your server, bartender, or anyone else in a service industry occupation, they will take care of you. And the better you take care of them, the better your service. Here’s a link that gives 5 great points when it comes to tipping <a href="http://www.sunherald.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/throwing-shade/article36567585.html">http://www.sunherald.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/throwing-shade/article36567585.html</a>
What are your experiences with tipping? Have you ever worked in the service industry? Do you tip and if you dont, why not? I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject so please comment below. And if you enjoyed this article, be sure to subscribe so that you never miss a post!