Should I Tip?
Let me tell you about the big debate at our house this past week. The husband claims we should always tip the waitress when we order carry-out food from a restaurant. I thought to tip in a restaurant is optional. Friendly and efficient service calls for a reward and wait staff knows when they do well, it pays off.
This all came up from a media report about a waitress who worked at a popular steakhouse chain. She was thrilled to be the one to get the called-in order from a Christian mega church buying lunch for a big meeting. The order totaled over $700 and took her an hour to prepare. The fellow who picked up the order did not include a tip when he paid for it. The disappointed waitress expressed her exasperation on social media.
It Gets Worse
The waitress returned to work the next day to learn the restaurant fired her. Apparently, the boss read her social media page! In the meantime, the Christian church also read her social media post and determined to fix the offense. They learned she lost her job but pursued her and offered a “more than” generous gratuity. I do not know any other details.
Huge Lesson for Me
My husband, Tom, thinks a tip even for carry-out promotes good will. He reminded me of his favorite Chinese place near the office and how he would run out at lunch time and bring back an order from the buffet. The waitress left her tables to fill his carry out container so he tipped her. When he increased it, she packed it so full it barely closed!
I remember a time I ordered several sandwiches at a carry-out beef stand while visiting my family in Chicago. Did I tip for this large order? I thought about it this week and reasoned in my head these kinds of restaurants exist because they’re fast and offer delicious food to take home where we eat together serving ourselves leisurely. We do not overstay at the restaurant table cheating the wait staff of more business.
The media story gave me new understanding. I need to respect tip jars.
The debate made me aware and that’s a good thing. Do you have any thoughts about this?