I work in the hospitality industry. I am a server. I make minimum wage and survive off my tips.
Yes, I made the decision to work in this industry. Yes, I am in school. I get that I make a hourly wage, and I agree that owners should pay hospitality staff a decent livable wage.
But that’s not the case. I don’t get paid a decent livable wage. I relay on tips to make ends meet.
If a guest chooses not a tip, I totally understand. Do I agree? Absolutely not, but it’s their money and they choose how to spend it.
The point to my rant is, if you are a guest and choose not to tip, tell your server as soon as you sit down.
Servers are required to tip out a percentage of their sales to the back of house and support staff. If a guest choose not to tip that percentage comes out of their pocket.
As a server I wouldn’t give a table crappy service if they told me in advance that there wouldn’t be a tip at the end. I would provide acceptable, friendly and fast service. Nothing more, nothing less and focus the majority of my attention on the tables who intend on tipping.
Tipping is the norm in North America. It’s an unwritten contract between the guest and service staff.
Again, if you don’t want to tip that’s totally cool. Do your thing. Just please be honest with the folks serving you. Honesty = respect.
Respect = good service.
Don’t be “that guy/that girl”, either tip your service staff or be straight up and honest with your intentions.