And yes I know this is not everyone .. but it is all to common, even those who are there trying to put food on the table for their family and kids often loathe their job - and as such often have little motivation or desire to take pride in it, and have little to no loyalty to their workplace, but are instead motivated by comparably selfish reasons.
I tip 20% base and up to 25% for excellent service. If the wait staff was getting paid salary I see no point in tipping as my tip is already included in the higher price of food.
As "cool story bro" anecdote, I had a discussion about tipping a few months ago with a colleague who was on a two week visit from London. We went to lunch together every day while he was in the states and he never got over the speed and attentiveness of American waiters compared to London. I explained to him the idea of the American merit pay system for wait staff and he couldn't quite wrap his head around it. He looked at it as the wait staff working for almost no money until I pointed out to him that the average tip was 10% and each of the 5 tables had a turnover at meal times of 30 minutes, and the average bill for two people was $50 dollars and left him to do the math.
When he realized that the wait staff was pulling $50/hour during lunch shift in tips alone he quickly realized why the wait staff in America is so much more customer focused than in London. London waiters get paid better hourly wages but don't even touch the take home pay of a good waiter in the US.
Last edited by jmotivator; 11-26-13 at 10:56 AM.
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I've made my opinions of waitresses well known. Other than teachers, the most overpaid "profession" out there.