Daniel Yingling (firstname.lastname@example.org)
25 Feb 1997 08:41 EST
The standard is 15% of the bill...
I wish it weren't part of our culture, but the fact is waiters/waitresses do
not receive much of an hourly wage (way below minimum wage in most cases) so
they depend on tips to make a living. The incentive is to provide better
service and they'll receive a good tip -- bad service and receive little or
no tip. Doesn't seem to work a lot of the time though! The sad part of it is
that it's tied to the amount of the bill. I've had some of the best service
(and food) in very inexpensive restaurants yet had lousy service (and too
little or very bad food) in expensive restaurants; why should the great
waiter/waitress be rewarded so little at the cheap place but the terrible
waiter/waitress be rewarded at all (let alone 15%) at the expensive place?