I am not sure how people can go through school, graduate college, raise children, buy houses and hold a job, but still not know how to tip. There are now apps on your phone to help you! There is no excuse. There is even a calculator on your phone, for crying out loud!!
If you have ever worked in the restaurant business, you know how important a tip is. A extra few dollars here and there goes a long way and restores your faith in humanity. Then there are those who don't tip at all. Those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad people. All I will say is this. Go ahead and skip the tip. There is a special place in hell for people like you. Enjoy your meal!
4. And Because They Have To Split The Tips They Do Make
When a server gets a tip, they don't just take the money and run. They then have to split it with the back waiters, bartenders, bar backs and the hostesses. So remember that you should always give 20% or you are a terrible person.
The kitchen may have screwed up the order, but the server is the one who is going to have to deal with it. They are the face of the restaurant, therefore they are the punching bag. If the customer has any complaints about anything at all, it's all coming to them first. And it's most likely going to affect their tip too.
There was a study that suggested that it is more stressful to be a server than a neurosurgeon. The study found that demanding jobs that offered employees very little control are detrimental to the employees mental and physical health. If you have ever waited tables than you know that when you are a server, you are out of control most of the time. So remember that next time you don't think that your server was attentive enough.
Some restaurant people only have the restaurant to focus on. Because of this, it can sometimes feel like high school all over again. The drama, the clicks and the butting of heads does not help the already stressful work environment.
Servers do not make enough money for dealing with all the testy customers that come their way. The people who substitute every single thing in their order. The ones with food allergies. The insane requests. Saying that it is overwhelming would be an understatement.
And then there are the drunken idiots. They come in a little tipsy and they just keep getting louder and grosser and sloppier and before you know it you are cleaning throw up off your shoe and crying in the bathroom wondering what happened to your life. Waiting tables gets dark people. Really, really dark.
And what about the perverts that think that you need to earn your tip? They want you to flirt back to them. They say disgusting things and touch you and you take it because you are too busy to deal with dealing with it. Or you give them to a coworker and lose the tips. It sucks either way.
You can't go out after a shift feeling normal in any way at all. There is ketchup on your shoes, ranch somehow got in your hair and you smell like BO and beer. You go out anyway because you need a stiff drink, but you feel really gross while doing it.
You serve 12 people and when it is time to pay the bill, they want separate checks. And now you have to remember who ordered what and when and it's like a bad math problem. Can one of you just pay the whole bill and then send your friend the money? Isn't that what Venmo is for?
Regular people work a 9-5. Then they go home and that is that. As a server, you work 5:30am-12:00pm if you work breakfast. Or you work a mid shift from 11-7:30. Or you are on the late shift and you don't start until 5. it's hard to make plans and it's impossible to get a routine going when you work at different times every day and your manager gives you the schedule the day before you go in.
14. Because It Takes An Incredible Amount Of Energy
You have run several miles by the time your shift is over. The tea is on one side of the place, the coffee is on the other. You are out of cups and need to run to the back of the kitchen. Then you are back and forth checking on tables and food. You are on your feet for hours in uncomfortable non-slip shoes and it is all incredibly exhausting and taxing on your body.
15. Because You’ll Never Have A Holiday Or Weekend Off
If you stay in the restaurant business you will never have a holiday or weekend off. Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, Easter, New Years...this is where the money is. You may chase the money for a while, but eventually not spending holidays with your family and friends will get super sad and lonely.