It is restaurant code/karma/tradition to tip well if you are a restaurant employee.
For my compatriots and I insane 30, 40 or 50% tips are common place.
Even shit service warrants at least 15% or the big bad karma will come for you in the dark and stiff you.
That is why I am infuriated with the "class traitor" types.
Saturday night my string of bad luck stood at nine weeks in a row with large groups, more on that next post, especially if it goes to week ten.
It was an eight top of middle twentysomething girls, the situation was a birthday party.
They knew one of the managers and he bought the birthday girl her meal, this would be fine except some of her friends wanted to buy her dinner.
So they turned on me because apparently it was my responsibility to not let my manager take care of her, and naturally there was no tip left for her comped meal from the gals either.
As the checks came out which had to be ridiculously split beyond belief, one of the girls started name dropping where she had worked.
She used insider terms that impressed me like "eight top" and asked if the "grat" was added, unfortunatly for me it was not.
As I was rounding up the tabs she gave me hers, "Here hon, its all yours."
I walked back to the service station and was organizing the cash and credit cards when I open her folder, two bucks on twenty.
The next folder contained the same amount and same tip.
I returned to the table with everyone's change and credit card slips, I dropped off hers as well.
"Oh I said you could keep the change?" She said as she dismissively waved me away.
"Oh are you sure?" I asked with a sarcastic hint to my concern.
Ten percent, from a server.
That will come back to bite her in the ass. One could as perhaps it was a service issue? I've said before, I know when I'm off at a table and can see expect a bad tip coming from a mile away.
This was not the case.
I went out of my way to split checks that had shared entrees, they got a free meal, they received free desert, and despite all the extra work, half of them tipped me at ten percent post discount.
The reason I didn't apply gratuity? One girl showed up late and had no ticket of her own.
As a I little bit of positive though, two girls at the end of the table who received no discount left me a very nice tip, thank you.
Later the manager who was friends with them asked me how they were, I suppose he was friends with them and I could have used some tact.
I didn't, I told him they stiffed me, that they were class traitors who knew better and that I never want to wait on them again.