Is it ever okay not to tip your server when you go out for a nice dinner with the family or drinks on the town with your college buds?
Perhaps, if you’ve experienced some kind of injustice or if you’ve found a hair on your plate, but even then most restaurant managers will introduce themselves, bring you a brand new plate of food, and take the charge of your bill. In these cases a reduced tip is understandable, but to leave no tip at all is just poor etiquette and damaging to the pockets of the servers, who essentially live off of the tips they make.
A young waitress working at D’Jais Bar and Grill experienced this kind of treatment in Belmar, New Jersey over the summer, as she waited on a table of eight and received no tip on a $112 bill. Worse than not receiving a tip, the diners left her an embarrassing message in the tip section that read: LOL, one hour for food. Granted, an hour wait for food is an uncomfortably long period of time before someone is served, but the waitress took to Facebook to explain herself.
20-year-old Jess Jones shared her experience with Facebook, posting a blurred out photo of the receipt with the caption:
“Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal. I’ve worked in the service industry for five years and I take pride in providing great service to my customers. Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make… We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be. We work hard, and we really do care.”
Her extremely well-handled response has since then gained widespread recognition.
The fact of the matter is simply this: As previously mentioned, leaving a reduced tip for poor service is justified, but to stoop down to the level of not only refusing to tip, but mocking and degrading a server who is simply doing their job is a prime example of poor manners and discourteous behavior that is completely unnecessary. It may be your privilege to be served, but that does not make these hardworking men and women your servants.