Typically when a person dines in at a restaurant, he or she is expected to pay a tip additional to the bill. How much a person tips usually depends on how much the overall bill was and whether or not they received good service. Although this may be considered the standard, it's not followed by everyone. Tipping, although customary, is still optional. It's not required, therefore it leaves the customer with the ultimate choice to do whatever he or she wants. One particular waitress, however, was extremely angry after a customer left her a small tip on a big bill. She went to Facebook to rant about the topic which created a big debate on the matter.And if you decided to tip, how much should you tip? This is one of the more controversial topics in food service today.
There's no "right" answer to whether or not a customer should tip.
It's a debatable topic where a lot of people agree that tip isn't necessary while others believe it's rude not to.
For many people in the U.S., good tip is given when a customer believes he or she has received good service.
However, not everyone thinks the same. Some may believe all service is the same, meaning it deserves the same amount of tip every time. Others may believe that leaving no tip at all is fine, no matter what the service.
In general, employers are supposed to pay waiters a fair wage that is enough even without tip.
However, in some restaurants, employers do take advantage of the fact that their waiters will get tipped to pay them an even smaller wage.
But tipping for food service isn't traditional everywhere.
In countries outside of the U.S., restaurants refuse to receive tips entirely. In some situations, they'll even go out of their way to return the tip you gave them.
One particular woman decided to post on Facebook about a recent customer she waited.
He tipped a whopping $5 on a $105 meal. That's only a 4% tip! As for the waitress, she was not pleased to say the least.
She ranted on Facebook about how hard she works as a waitress to help support her daughter and how inappropriate it is to not tip your waiter accordingly.
Although she ended up getting a lot of attention from her post, it received a lot of mixed reactions. Read the entire rant in the photo below.
The post so far has received over 17,000 likes and has been shared more than 21,000 times.
Some people agree with her and think she's right in her argument. Others, however, think the complete opposite.
Some people suggested that a bill should always be tipped a standard 15% at the least.
They claim that the decision to tip overall shouldn't be based on the payer's intention.
Some of the commenters strongly agreed and believed the waitress had the right to raise her voice.
They took the matter as a serious offense, believing that it's wrong to not properly tip good service based on how much the bill cost.
One of the commenters was very straight-forward.
According to him, if you can't afford to tip, you shouldn't dine outside of your home.
Another commenter, on the other hand, had more of a realistic perspective.
Atkinson made a point that situations like this are bound to happen from time to time and that it's better to just learn how to accept and live with it.
This commenter responded with a rant of his own.
Miles believes that you can't expect high tip from everyone because not everyone can afford it.
So, is it wrong not to tip?
It's a question that is up to the paying customer to answer. Does the customer think that the waiter's service and time is worth tipping?
No matter how you slice it, money is a material object.
At the end of the day, how you spend your money is ultimately up to you -- that includes adding tip to a service.
This topic tends to drive a wedge between waiters and customers.
When they dine in, customers feel the pressure and obligation to provide a tip.
However, customers should keep in mind that many food servers actually rely on tips.
Some restaurants offer a small hourly wage, making the servers depend mostly on the tips they receive.
For some of these workers, it's impossible to make a living off of the hourly wage alone.
This is why tip is so important to food servers. A extra few bucks from a customer can go a long way for a server.
However, most established restaurants don't seem to have this issue.
If the customers that come in are served politely and given delicious food, they'll usually leave a generous tip.
Nonetheless, not every restaurant is the same.
There's no doubt that this is a very heated topic that many feel strongly about. What do you think? Do you think tipping "properly" is necessary? Do you believe the customer in this story was wrong for tipping the waitress $5 on a $105 bill?