Like most of you, I patronize restaurants.
Like most of you, I will tip the waiters and waitresses who work in restaurants.
Some of you do not.
In case you haven’t heard, a pastor has encountered a considerable amount of disdain for her comments on a tab referring to God getting only 10%; why should she give the waiter 18%? The pastor scratched out the autotip and wrote in “$0”
Once the item was posted online and caught fire, the pastor called Applebees and demanded the restaurant fire the entire staff.
At one time in my life, I depended on tips for income. For those of you who have not worked a job reliant on tips for income, it’s a different world. The service I provided was not the determining factor in whether I received a tip. The determining factor was how the individual felt before I even provided them the service.
My dad was a cheap ass with waitstaff, no matter what. Meanwhile, my sister would give enormous tips no matter how sorry the service. Some people, like the pastor in this case are just cheap asses. If you aren’t going to give a tip because you’re a cheap ass, don’t leave some weak excuse.
The pastor is wrong here. The pastor used God as an excuse to stiff the waitress here. That is, if the service was worthwhile. We have no idea if this waitress was a good waitress or a bad waitress. Although both customers and staff should recognize the waitstaff is the face of the restaurant. Whether a meal is served at the appropriate temperature or promptly is often seen as the waitstaff’s job. If someone in the kitchen messes up the food, it becomes the waitstaff’s fault. In that case, the waitstaff should be the customer’s advocate with the chef and the cooks.
The waitress is wrong here too. There’s no need to throw that on the Internet, and she deserved to get fired. I have a job where I can publicly humiliate a lot of people for stupid decision-making, but I don’t. It comes with the territory. You don’t embarrass the people who put money in your pocket. The waitress wanted to embarrass the pastor, and the pastor’s stupidity allowed it to happen.
Here’s the truth about autotips: They shouldn’t exist. I’ve wanted to provide the server with more than the autotip, but I honestly didn’t feel like the effort to add more was worth it. It also tends to allow shabby service by guaranteeing a tip no matter what. I’ve been in a well-known chain restaurant where 14 people were getting served and it took 45 minutes to get the food. The waitstaff was just loitering while whatever was happening in the kitchen, happened. Wings aren’t that hard to make and beer isn’t that hard to serve. Pathetic. I’m sorry restaurants, but customers don’t want to get treated like garbage by waitstaff and then get to provide them 18 percent of the total tab.