Why Should You Tip?
Why should you tip? It is amazing how often this question is
asked and debated. To me the answer is painfully obvious. When
someone asks me why people should tip, I answer their question
with a few of my own. Do you want hot food? Do you want your
drink refilled? Do you want the person taking your order to care
about the quality of food you are going to eat? The answer to
these questions is always yes. So why would a person that is
getting paid hourly whether you eat there or not care about any
of those things if there is nothing extra in it for them?
T.I.P.S. - Tipping Insures Prompt (or Proper) Service. The
argument above is usually very hard to argue against because
there is no doubt that servers give good service based on what
they perceive to be a carrot on the end of a stick. They will
work hard for you and you will reward them at the end for a job
well done. So to me, the question is not really to tip or not,
but rather how much to tip.
Tipping standards vary greatly from region to region and country
to country. To complicate matters, tipping standards change over
time and what services require a tip also change. Back in high
school I had a friend who believed that tipping on drinks was
not necessary. I never did figure out his logic on that one but
it does go to show that there are many ideas about tipping.
When figuring your tip, you should consider the following
circumstances that may or may not apply to the server depending
on which state you are in.
*Hourly wages are typically significantly less in the service
industry, because tips are considered part of the servers income.
*Your server is likely being taxed 8% to 10% of your bill
weather you tip them or not. Many restaurants automatically
deduct this percent from the servers pay check to keep the
server in the right ball park at tax time. This is not the only
income tax that the server must claim. So if you do not tip the
server, it has actually cost the server money to serve you. This
also means that the first 8% of a 10% tip goes to the government
and not the server.
*Believe it or not, servers do not always get a paycheck.
Sometimes, because of the taxes they pay and/or deductions,
servers must pay in to the company rather than get a check.
*Your server has to tip too. It is very common for a waiter or
waitress to have to tip out their supporting staff, ie; the
bartender, buss person, food runners and others. Bartenders may
have to tip out their bar backs. These tips are based often on
the sales of the server, so if you don