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By appleville - / Tuesday 10 February 2009 06:20 / United States
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I agree- call him up and bitch him out a bit. Do it from a pay phone so he doesn't have your number to harass you, but tell him that if he can't afford to tip he can't afford to eat out. If he stiffs you like that, it's actually costing you money- you get taxed on a percentage of the food you sell, because the government assumes that you'll get at least a 10% tip. Educate the fool!

And Code_Monkey, if she's a waitress (which I assume she is), then there is absolutely nothing wrong with her attitude. Waiters and waitresses make almost all their money from tips--their wages are next to nothing. It's also considered extremely bad form to tip less than 15%. So unless she is a truly terrible waitress, this guy is either clueless or incredibly rude.

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I agree- call him up and bitch him out a bit. Do it from a pay phone so he doesn't have your number to harass you, but tell him that if he can't afford to tip he can't afford to eat out. If he stiffs you like that, it's actually costing you money- you get taxed on a percentage of the food you sell, because the government assumes that you'll get at least a 10% tip. Educate the fool!

And Code_Monkey, if she's a waitress (which I assume she is), then there is absolutely nothing wrong with her attitude. Waiters and waitresses make almost all their money from tips--their wages are next to nothing. It's also considered extremely bad form to tip less than 15%. So unless she is a truly terrible waitress, this guy is either clueless or incredibly rude.

The reason he tipped so little was to get you to actually call him. Whether it's to bitch him out, at least now you called and he can actually ask you out.

Ignore the people who try to insinuate that you're in the wrong for expecting a tip. Everyone with half of one active brain cell knows waitresses are expected to live off their tips. They're just being ignorant. Great story. :)

Speaking from a place where tipping is entirely optional: you guys have a weird system for paying your servers. o_O I agree with #14 tho :}

#35 - hadn't thought of it like that, lol. Also - coming from the UK: tipping is entirely optional here (due to national minimum wage), and 10% is the accepted standard, but over here we're grateful for anything.

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