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"Is the tip okay?"


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"Is the tip okay?"

wildphoenix | Feb 4, 2008 08:59 PM

Have you ever asked your server if the tip you left him/her was okay?

I served a table tonight and the woman who paid asked me that flat out but I didn't feel that it was right to say "No, $25 on $270 is not okay, especially since you and your mother were very high maintenance and I brought you everything you asked for very promptly and with a smile on my face the whole time."

They were a very nice table and but I just find it very odd that people periodically ask if they've tipped properly. I understand if someone else at the table asked if the tip was alright because they know their dining companion doesn't always tip properly but what is a server suppose to say when they are asked by the person who is paying? I just said that it was fine and left it at that because I didn't want to make the situation any more awkward or make the woman feel cheap.

Now, this was not the diner's first visit to the restaurant and she actually used to date someone who used to work there so she definitely knew the price point well before receiving the bill. She dropped names of other staff whenever I went to check up on the table and she kept asking for different cutlery, plates, etc. after I brought her the usually things. I understand wanting things that will make your visit more comfortable and I am more than happy to bring you those things but I thought that she should have requested these things at the beginning instead of making someone make two trips considering she was familiar with the restaurant.

I know some people will say that the service may not have been up to par but I definitely know that it was (servers know when they're giving crap service).

Should I have told her that her tip was below average?

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