Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:44 PM
There have been a couple posts commenting on my comments regarding tipping, so I thought I would just add a few things:
In Canada minimum wage in all provinces is about 8$ an hour or more, so our restaurant staff have to make that plus tips (they are not allowed to pay only 3$ an hour). I was basing it on that when I was saying that servers make a lot of money (my friends, sister etc all made like 100$ tips in 5 hours working at an average restaurant, not even a fancy place)
When I say I sometimes tip not by percentage, I am talking about when I go to a restaurant just my husband and I, and our bill will be like 120$ (because we had steak rather than chicken!) but I won't leave a 24$ (20%) tip. I may leave like 10-12$. While that is cheap in percentage terms (as standard is 15-20%) it's not like I'm leaving nothing or 2$.
Servers do have to tip out (to cooks, hostess, dishwashers etc) , but when I server tells you they tip out 15% I highly doubt they mean 15% of their food sales (as then they would make almost nothing!) they probably mean 15% of their tips. Usually the tip out is a small fraction of the tips they make (less than half for sure). At the restaurant I worked at we had to tip out 4% of our food sales, seeing as people are suppose to tip 15-20% of food sales (but in reality we only averaged like 11% because a lot of people don't tip at all) so we ended up sharing like a third of our tips.
So although it's a very good point that by not tiping anything you are costing that server money, as they likely still have to tip out (depending on how tip out is calculated) but I don't think that by tipping only 10-15% rather than 15-20% means it's costing them money. But yes, people who leave nothing are costing the server money, which sucks unless you got really bad service.