The tipping system sucks. People should not be dependent on how a random patron feels to make a fair wage. But until this system changes across the board, refusing to tip a server isn’t a protest—it’s a total jerk move. It’s also usually something that only someone who has never waited tables would do. Good hospitality is hard work. Even bad service is hard work. I worked in restaurants for years. Even when a waiter sucks, I leave them 20 percent, because I know how hard it is.
The people who leave bad tips are pretty much depending on either getting away from the restaurant before their server finds out or on their server being too polite to say anything. Well, you better run, because people do not want to put up with this foolishness anymore. Below are stories from servers about being stiffed with a little public shaming thrown in. And for all the guys out there leaving their number in lieu of cash? Don’t.
me trying to move on with my life after a table who was SO nice to me doesn’t leave a tip pic.twitter.com/l2r3SWvi9I
— Ally Gesteland (@AllyGesteland) August 13, 2019
Fellas: if you leave your female server your number on the receipt, please, for the love of god, at least tip 15%
— meg (@megannsaunderss) August 7, 2019
— Alejandra Vargas Melendez (@AleeAlee97) August 12, 2019
My second to last day at my current job so I'm feeling ultra petty. My table left me a $2.25 tip on 200 and said no change. I chased them on their way out to give them their exact change back cause honey u need it more than i do don't spend it all in one place
— Syl⚘ (@chill_syl) January 2, 2018
I waited on a couple who left me $0 on a $50 bill tonight so I chased them out of the restaurant to “kindly” thank them for their generous tip :-)) (also they were really freaking rude & disrespectful so fuk them)
— spookie cookie (@burritoxo) January 8, 2019
I was helping out this family at work and right before they were about to leave the dad comes up to me and while reaching into his wallet says “here since you’ve been so nice” and I’m guessing it’s a tip. He handed me a jehova witness business card. pic.twitter.com/QvFfPGji4P
— jocey (@Joceyyxoxo_) August 10, 2019