Just curious about something. Are servers, in addition to their wages and tips, also compensated on the volume of sales they generate for their restaurant?
For instance, say you had two scenarios faced by a particular server:
1) A couple that doesn't eat much. Their total bill is $50 and they (in a generous mood) tip $50.
2) A couple that's hungrier. Their total bill is $200 and they tip $50.
If the restaurant rewards the server somehow based on the volume of sales, then scenario B would be preferred. If not, I think the server would prefer scenario A since the total compensation is the same with less running around to look after the customers.