As college students, we tend to survive off cup of noodle and anything that is cheap and that our parents will buy for us. But every once in a while we save up our money and we are able to treat ourselves or our significant other to a nice evening out to dinner.
However, there are some people out there that lack that certain part of the brain that dictates etiquette while out at a dinning establishment.
These are the people who never learned how to tip. Sad and shocking, I know, but as a server I see it more often than one might care to think.
Now, I’m not saying that every person my age is a bad tipper, but if you haven’t worked in a restaurant, chances are, you have no idea what to do. All you need to do is to follow a few simple steps, because remember, your server is probably just as broke as you are.
First and foremost, the number one tipping mistake, a verbal tip is not really a tip. Yes, we love to hear that you enjoyed your time at the restaurant and that we are good at our job, but telling us this doesn’t help us pay our rent or fill up our gas tank.
Next, if you’re going to make your server break a sweat, tip them accordingly. How would you like it if someone made you run a marathon and you received nothing in return?
And finally, these days you should be tipping your server at least 15%. We would appreciate 20%, but 15% is still a decent tip.
Now these are just a few of the many rules when it comes to dining out and tipping. So please be respectful and nice, your server really is working hard for their money, not just standing around in the kitchen flirting with the cute new bus boy or hostess, so tip them accordingly.