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9/4/08

dear restaurant patrons-

I know you are probably LDS, and I know you are frugal. I know you don't want to overspend, and I know you want to "live within your means."

Great. But they way to do that is not by ordering lots and lots of food, and then refusing to tip.






It is especially rude when you not only refuse to tip for your meal, but then offer to pay for the two elders sitting accross the room, and don't tip on their meal either.

I don't get paid to look cute, people.

22 comments:

Sarah said...

here, here. I spent most of my waitressing career having these same thoughts.

Valerie said...

Even though I've never been a waitress I learned the names of the seven dwarfs as a teen just in case I ever WAS a waitress and someone promised me a $20 tip for naming them. (It actually happened to a guy I knew and he couldn't do it.)

My motto is 'Be Prepared'. I totally shoulda been a boy scout, except for that whole being a girl thing.

Nicole said...

Ugh. I do not miss waiting tables in Utah! Mormons are the WORST tippers in the world, and if I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, "I only give the Lord 10%, why should I give a server more than that?", well, I would have had more than most LDS patrons gave me for 90 minutes of my service!

Jen said...

As a former waitress (when I was still a child, and then as a child bride - and hopefully never again. I have nightmares it comes to that sometimes, and wake up in a cold sweat) I just had to comment. Just the thought of getting stiffed on two tables at once pains me. May it never, ever, happen to you again!

Nemesis said...

grrr. GRRRRRR.

also known as shell said...

Uh yeah I hate that too. One time when I worked a shift on a sunday I got a note written on a napkin that said "This will teach you for working on Sunday's"

Julie and Rob said...

That sucks. Sorry babe. You have my sympathy. I'll give you a really big tip next time I see you ( :

Lindsey said...

oh man! so sorry steph! sometimes i don't understand either. was it a $4 day or worse?

Lena said...

I didn't know you were serving again? You didn't go back to Jasmine did you? I have never beena fantastic tipper, but it is more to do with that I dont carry a lot of ones around with me. And, as much as I appreciate you keeping my Mountain Dew full, you dont get a $20 tip in a $25 meal.

bonz said...

Lame. (begin enthusiastic booing)

Aunt Spicy said...

MCB-LOVE your blog! But soooo sorry about the lack of decent tips, extremely lame...totally agree with Nicole!

SGOT said...

Amen! Although I don't wait tables, I totally agree. If people don't want to tip -- keep it simple. STAY HOME.

4 My Eyes Only said...

We always tip 20%. My mom used to be a waitress in her younger days.

Sheena said...

A good friend of mine who used to wait tables in Utah put it this way, "If you can't afford the tip, you can't afford to go out."

Jen R. said...

ah!!!! never be a waitress in utah county....did it all through college. My best tip was a 50% tip from definite non-LDS people, and they ordered lots of drinks and they left lots of tip! Fellow mormon mommy blogger by the way, not just some creepy girl looking at your blog :)

Katie said...

Boo! If you see them again, you should lick their glasses. Just kidding. Sort of.

Celeste' said...

That stinks! We out of Utahland do actually tip!

Sarah said...

I have been in this same situation repeatedly. My thoughts--skip the six children's root beers and leave a tip. In the end both of us will be happier.

Nik "the BoyWonder" said...

hahah classic!!

Carol said...

Well somebody had to say it!!

Maybe you should approach the 1st presidency and het them to send out a memo to every ward. That's surely increase your tips!

The Sage said...

It's kind of funny to me that in Utah a mediocre performance (or any performance for that matter) will yield a standing ovation, but you can't get a good tip to save your life.

That said, and speaking as a former food service industry employee depending on tips for survival, I think our society has moved in the wrong direction regarding tips. Tips aren't/shouldn't be automatic things. They're supposed to be for a job well done.

Whenever we go out for dinner (we live in California, where alcohol is served in restaurants) as soon as the server discovers we aren't ordering alcohol, the level of service drops appreciably. I ensure that the tip drops by that same amount... and my standards of what constitutes good service are pretty low.

Zina said...

Ugh! That's hideous. So sorry. My brother worked as a waiter in Utah Valley for a while and experienced this kind of rudeness. Shell's story really takes the cake, though.