Today I turn 28 years old. I don't know if I'm getting pickier with age or if things really are this bad everywhere I go. There are people like me who think a waiter or bartender's tip should be reflective of the level of service provided. Perhaps I'm missing something here, but I am of the opinion that the subtotal on my bill states (however marked up) the cost of the tangible food I just ate plus various other business expenses. Your TIP is based on two simple things: effort and attitude. If you can't provide either, I shouldn't feel compelled to help you make money.
I come to a restaurant or bar to get away from my problems, not feel the wrath and/or apathy associated with yours.
Last night I stopped to grab a beer and some wings at Quaker Steak and Lube in Greenville. The bartender was a jerk, ignored me for the first 5 minutes I was sitting right in front of him, never asked once if the food was ok or if I needed anything until after I had had time to finish everything, and treated everyone else at the bar the same way. So, on a $16.50 bill I tipped him $1 (and he didn't even deserve that).
I have worked in the service industry. I know what it's like to work for variable amounts of money on a daily basis. I am a very generous tipper when good service is provided, and I'm more than willing to be a crappy tipper when it's not.
Leave your comments below if you feel the same way.