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Tips Are Not Optional, They Are How Waiters Get Paid in America

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An Applebee's diner refused to leave a tip for religious reasons. The waitress who exposed it wonders if Jesus will pay her bills

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jo M. (3)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:01 pm
They are not tips if they are not optional. If you give me crappy service I get to decide whether to reward that with no tip.

Beth M (46)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:45 pm
..another excuse for slave labour...I tip for above average service..I dont tip if my food gets slammed down in front of me...regardless of what your employer has decided whilst totting up his percentages. In oz we have service charges..billed extra on top of what we buy..its sposed to go the server but do we know?...

Sandi C (99)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 4:13 pm
I tip on what kind of service I get.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 4:19 pm
Sadly, $9 an hour is still not a good living wage, and that's what she averaged WITH tips. Yes, we all want good service, and if the server is terrible then he/she shouldn't be doing that job. But basing the wage ($3.50 an hour) on how many tips the person will get is just plain wrong. Maybe if we did that with all jobs we would get better results in other aspects of our work force. For those who decide not to tip because they get "crappy" service; did you even care if the wait person was busy, overworked, or dealing with an overly slow cook? Or were you oblivious to him/her because you were in a hurry and you wanted what you wanted NOW? Just asking...

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:29 pm
When did tips become a non-option, I think when people get aggressive and demand a tip its not going to help, but if people provide a good service and leave the line blank for the customers to fill out they will receive greater success.

Dana W (9)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:45 pm
I've waitressed before and always tried to give great service. Unfortunately I can't control how fast or how well the food is cooked or how busy the restaurant is. Some people tip poorly, some don't tip at all, and others think it's funny to play tricks like leaving the tip under a glass of water so the server has make a mess to get the tip.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:27 pm
Gotta agree with the others on, it's optional, if you are good, I will tip 15-20%, if not, you don't get a big tip. I think restaurants need to start paying their employees properly, and not expecting people to pay them for the owner.

jo M. (3)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:50 pm
I think, Sheila, that most people are perfectly capable of determining whether the restaurant was busy or the waiter was overworked, and will take such into account.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:54 pm
Restaurant workers should be paid a living wage.
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