We need to talk about tipping...

Zoonar RF

We all know the right about to tip when we go out to eat but lately, I've encountered some people who tip the absolute smallest amount, or even worse, don't tip at all. If you are that person, you're pretty much the worst.

I just don't understand how someone can go to a restaurant, receive good service, and then be super cheap about leaving the tip. The big argument is that servers need to tips in order to survive since they aren't getting paid a decent hourly wage. And that's true. If you've ever known a server or been a server, you know just how small those "paychecks" can be.

One of the most infuriating things I've seen recently was when I went out to eat with some friends. All of our bills were around $11-$12. I typically leave between $3-$5 on the low end of things and increase it the higher the bill. You know, like a regular human person. My friend made a huge deal out of how I was leaving too much and I didn't have to leave that much, etc. He basically did a really bad impression of Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs. He ended up leaving a $1 something tip at a nice restaurant in downtown Indianapolis. I just don't know how you can't at least feel a little bad doing that.

There are also the types of tippers (my mom) who rationalize tipping low because someone else (me) left a bigger tip. The reasoning is that because I left a bigger tip, it will "even out." No, that's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. I left a larger tip because I felt the service justified that. You don't get to get off cheap because of my generosity.

I conclusion. tip your wait staff. They work hard to try to earn their tips, and there are typically very few reasons that a tip should not be left. I can think of one time where I didn't leave a tip and that is because the service was so bad, I almost got up and left. But yeah, don't be the worst and tip what is appropriate!

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