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Is it time to stop/reduce tipping? (moved from LA)

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Is it time to stop/reduce tipping? (moved from LA)

rednyellow | Sep 2, 2007 03:19 PM

I'm starting to feel more and more like a chump when I go out, get poor service and then still tip.
Is it just me?
I eat out a lot and have for decades. I tip well, generally 25-30% of the post tax total.
I've worked in restaurants in almost all positions at one time or another. I know what the staff goes through
I realize that aside from very high end dining. Los Angeles doesn't really have good waiters, generally just entertainment types between gigs. Still, I want good service and at a minimun, my food delivered as ordered and basic requests handled in a polite and efficient manner. Is that too much to ask?
I'm begening to think I might as well quit automatically tipping . If the service is already poor? what's the point?
And Yes, I could also write pages about all the wonderful restaurant workers who go above and beyond their job and the great meals they have helped make. They are not who I"m writing about. I'm happy tipping even with just adequate service.
Have we all been "guilt tripped" into thinking we should tip no matter what? I know waiters are taxed based on assumed tips. Perhaps they shouldn't work with an assumed tip attitude?
Your thoughts?

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