I have a favorite greasy spoon I frequent for breakfasts or burger plates probably 60 or so times a year. The wait service is brusque, curt, most of the time off-putting. These ladies know me as a regular. But the service I get is indifferent--always.
My bill for a meal is usually $7/8. I tip $2.00 Obviously more than 20%.
So after years of this treatment, the lightbulb went off! I finally noticed that the table busser takes all tips and drop them in a bucket under the counter at the front of the restaurant. Ah, these servers split all the tips left during their shift.
So I think: my 22% tip means nothing more to any of the servers than a 10% tip left by someone else. It's all homogenized at the end of shift, so there is no reason for the servers to provide pleasant service to me, specifically.
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