Know how to tip in honor of National Waiters and Waitresses Day


Happy National Waiters and Waitresses Day!

One of the reasons I go out to eat at a sit-down restaurant is to get good service. At home, I am the chef, waitress, busser, dishwasher and more. So going out means getting the service I deserve.

While the food aspect is important, if I don’t get good service, it’s probably safe to say I will never return even if the food is extraordinary. If the food is so-so but the service is excellent, I will probably return.

With good service, you should always reward your waiter or waitress accordingly. They make less than minimum wage and tips are really what they live off of. If you don’t know if you’re tipping correctly, here are some tips that will come in handy when you go out to eat next time:
1. Tip 15-20% for good service. I usually tip 20% if the server is nice to me. I only tip 15% when I feel something is lacking in service. Some people tip 10% for so-so service, but only tip that amount if the service is horrible, as in the server has a bad attitude towards you.

2. Cash Tip. Try to tip with cash. If you need to tip on a credit card make sure you tip a little bit more because the servers pay the credit card fee on their tip amount.

3. Tip more if you’re a regular. Is there a restaurant you frequent or you only sit where a certain server works? I like going to this local restaurant because the server knows me and my children by first name. While the food is good, nothing spectacular, we go there because we know that we will get good service. During the holidays and her birthday, we tip upwards of 35% and give her a gift too.

4. Tip after tax. I know, I know. You’re saying, tips should be calculated before tax. Times have changed and it depends on the restaurant. Some servers are tipping out on the after tax amount.

For more tips, take a look at this Guide to Tips and Tipping. If you go out and get waited on, don’t be cheap. Pay anywhere from 15-20% for good service and 10% for bad service. Thank you to all those hardworking servers who put a smile on our face and continue to make dining out pleasurable!


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