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The Economy is Bad, Tipping is Good.
May 11, 2011 - Theresa Proudfit
Living pay check to pay check I rarely get a chance to eat out, but when I do, I tip 15-20% (depending on the service). That is the standard tip in the restaurant business in the United States. If I can not afford to tip, I can not afford to go out to dinner.
Times are tough. Tough for almost everybody, but especially for your wait staff. Most waiters and waitresses make less then minimum wage and depend on your gratuity to make up the difference.
When you go to a restaurant, sit down and someone comes out and takes your order, goes back and prepares your drinks and appetizers, brings out your food and clears your table, they deserve a tip. When they handle your difficult order, smile and laugh at your jokes and listen to a story about your friend's brother's foot fungus they deserve a bigger tip.
The Economy is bad. People have lost jobs, wages have been cut, gas prices are ridiculous, but if you can still afford to go out to dinner, you can still afford to tip your wait staff. Please be respectful they are hurting too.
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