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Lousy Tippers, Stay Home!
by Richard Lee King   
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Last edited: Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2011

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Just because you're traveling and won't be eating here again, don't be a jerk. Leave a proper tip.


Each fall in South Florida all the bars and restaurants begin to fill up as we are invaded by thousands of “Snowbirds.”   I’m not complaining, that’s a good thing, since our economy relies heavily upon the tourist trade.  Unfortunately many people seem to think that leaving a decent tip is beneath them.   I’m not privy to their logic, but It seems as though they think, “I’m only going to be here for a few months, let the locals do the tipping.”  Or, perhaps they figure there are so many restaurants, for the short time that I’ll be here, “I’ll probably only eat in this one a couple times and likely I’ll have a different waitress, no need to leave a decent tip, she’ll never see me again.” 
Whatever the logic, it’s obvious that many people are lousy tippers and “snowbirds” seem to lead the pack.  I’ve never worked in the service industry, so I’m speaking only from what I’ve witnessed, or have been told by waitress and bartending friends who do. It seems that many people are still living in the dark ages and believe that a 10% tip is respectable, when in fact in this day and age 15% to 20% is far more appropriate.  And for those of you who use a coupon, it’s proper to tip based upon the regular price, not the discounted price.
It seems that the slow economy has exaggerated this miserliness.  Many people seem to think that our wait staff are immune to the downturn, when in fact it is they who are most affected by it.  Perhaps they are unaware of the fact that here in Florida, nearly all waiters, waitresses and bartenders get paid well below the “normal” minimum wage and rely heavily upon tips to make a decent living.  No matter what the tipping customs are in the area you came from, here in paradise tipping less than 10% is insulting to your waiter.  If you received good service a proper tip should be between 15% and 20%.  
Folks, if you can still afford to winter in Paradise and go out to eat, you certainly should be able to afford to leave a decent tip.  Don’t insult our wait staff by leaving a lousy one, Let me be a little clearer on that. If you can’t afford to tip properly,,,,, STAY HOME!!!  Save up until you can, or go to the fast food places where a proper tip is not expected. Don't take up the time or our hardworking waiters, waitresses and bartenders if you're not willing to compensate them properly.  The time they waste taking care of non tippers is time they could be spending on people more deserving of their attention.
Copyright © 2011 Richard Lee King.  All Rights Reserved.



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Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 6/17/2012
Thank you! Thank you! I waitressed for over twenty years and raised two children without any help from anyone not even their father. I didn't believe in child support as I figure that before a divorce the one who takes the children should accept that responsibility. Anyhow, I would work 6 doubles a week and would pamper my customers remembering what they drank, what dressings they wanted, etc.. They would never have to ask me for a refill because I would scan my tables checking out their glasses so I could be there before they could ask with a free refill or aske if they wanted another cocktail. People don't see the back of the house and what really goes on. It's a madhouse but waitresses emerge smiling. Thank you for bringing about awareness!!

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Reviewed by Joy Hale 12/6/2011
To play the devils advocate, you never know what the story behind the diners may be also. Perhaps they had to save up for a dream vacation or an illness drew them to warmer climes and they are splurging to eat out with just enough money to pay the bill. I don't like cheap tippers myself, but I do like to look at all sides of the issue. I have known millionaires that are cheap tippers and I really dislike that! I agree with Patrick, tip generously in the lower echelon restaurants, those are usually the folks that really need the tips! Good article, Dick.

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 12/6/2011
Not to mention the good old IRS makes income assumptions for tips "earned". It's especially important to properly tip folks at the lower echelon establishments and diners where the meals are inexpensive and 20% isn't a burden. p
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 12/6/2011
A well written reminder for many who forget what eeking out a living truly means. That waitress/waiter/server may have a hungry child at home, school to pay for, a car that needs to be gassed up ..... you just never know what the 'other person' is facing in their day-to-day lives.

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