By MLZ - United States
Today, while at the restaurant I work at, a bunch of kids came in. They all gave incredibly complex orders, laughed at everything I did, and made a huge mess by "spilling" hot sauce and water all over the floor. After they left, I was tipped eleven cents. FML
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  Sharpie23  |  7

I've hung out with people like that and after they leave I'll secretly leave another $20 for the tolerant waiter/waitress. it's not the end of the world though, just a bad day at work :/


It stops being a tip as soon as its mandatory because a tip is gratuity that's given voluntarily for services. The "mandatory tip" for a large party is really service charge because a large party guarantees more work.

To save ya'll the trouble of reading my whole rant--my point is: Tipping is a social norm and not a law.

The rest isn't really directed to you #71 (so don't take offence) but to those with this idea that you're entitled to a certain amount of bonus-pay in life. Maybe you feel you do deserve a 15%+ tip because you work your butt off, you're paid less than min wage and you have bills to pay. It's really just "too bad-so sad" for you so stop mopping around for not getting what you want. Whether customers are a bunch of kids (not everyone can afford to tip) or rich folks, they're not obligated to tip you.

Really, the only real FML here is for having to deal with disrespectful kids.

*I always tip 15%+so no, this isn't me trying to justify my cheapness.


oc: I'm glad my own bitchy reply to 33/43 poofed; you're sooo much better at this than I am. ;)

166: I agree with you. Tips are never mandatory, not even the service charge type you mentioned. In many places in the US, it's technically illegal to add an obligatory tip or service charge to a bill. Restaurants gets away with it by calling them "suggestions," but they don't advertise that you can have it removed or adjusted. Kinda sneaky.

  jearojas  |  4

I would just quit after that. No job is worth getting treated like that

  Jordykins  |  0

21 Alot of responsible people with good futures work as servers in restaurants. Alot of them in college to get a quality career for themselves. Just because they are working at a restaurant doesn't mean it isn't a real job. How about you get a "real" life.


^ That's crap. If you're old enough to order from the Big Person menu, you're old enough to act like an adult, and tip as such.

TBF though, people will generally rise to your expectations when they sense what those are. When a waitress decides I'm not going to tip well and I'll be a big hassle because I look young, I can tell. Usually they give you crappy service, and earn exactly what they get: a crappy tip.