Loud Music is a $40 Fine

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September 27, 2007

Tipping

I don’t get tipping. I mean, I understand the concept of paying someone a percentage of your food bill, but I don’t get it.

You’re supposed to tip someone between 15% and 20% for waiting on you. That means if you have a $100 restaurant bill, you have to kick in at least another $15 to avoid being considered cheap.

If your bill was $20, then that’s supposed to be at least a $3 tip.

So I’m supposed to believe that the person serving me a $100 dinner worked 5 times harder than the one serving me a $20 dinner? Just because the price was five times more? Sorry, I don’t buy it. In both scenarios  the waiter comes out, asks what I want to drink, brings it, then takes my food order. Then either the waiter or someone else brings the food. If I’m lucky, the waiter will show up again to ask if everything is ok, and if he sees that we’re finishing up, will ask if we want desert. Desert will be brought, then we’ll get the check. The waiter will take the money, then I sign the credit card slip and leave.

That’s what, a total of maybe 10 minutes of time for the waiter? And I’m supposed to base that on  the amount of the check? Sorry, I don’t think so.

Here’s an idea: if you’re a waiter, tell me what you’re getting paid an hour. Then I’ll match that based on the actual amount  of  time you spend waiting on me. If you’re making $5 an hour, and you spend 10 minutes with me, then I’ll tip you 1/6th of your hourly wage, which would double your rate to $10 an hour. Seems more than fair to me.

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