I know I said I wasn't going to post until Monday, but I've got something to say now that can't really wait. Well, I guess I could write this now and wait to post it, but whatever. Maybe I'll post now and Monday. We'll see.
Let me just start off by saying, that I am truly thankful for everything that I have. I know that I'm lucky and blessed. I understand that. I also know that I could have a lot less than I do now, because I've been there before and I do not want to go back.
That being said, I'm actually really pissed off right now.
I've gotten a tip for $14.50 and another one for almost $19, on just two people and their bill was only like $50. Those tips completely turned that day around because holy crap, somebody was actually willing to tip me that much because they thought that I earned it. My boss told me yesterday, that somebody wrote a good review about us online because of me. Those are my examples.
Yesterday, I got a $1.98 tip. Literally the only mistake that I made, was I put ice in her tea when she asked me not to. The tea is made fresh and comes out hot, so I did it without even realizing it until she said something. But I apologized and kept trying to fix it, but she wouldn't let me. I know that I made a mistake but she didn't even seem angry, but they still left me a $1.98 tip and the restaurant was almost empty.
Today, I had three tables in the almost four hours that I was there. My tips were $2, $2 and $1.96 because they had separate checks, and $4. With paying the tip out for runners and hosts, I literally only made $8.75 for my entire shift. One guy, the one who left me the $1.96 tip, said that it was a good tip. My manager, the one who doesn't like me, was right there and I thought he was going to hit him for that.
I'm not saying that I deserve a fifteen dollar tip on a thirty dollar bill, but I am saying that I deserve more than the pocket change I can fucking pick out of the couch cushions. If I wanted to buy a tic tac, I would have dug at the bottom of my purse for loose change, not spent an hour of my time catering to your every need and putting a smile on my face while dealing with your bad attitude.
Not everyone can afford to leave good tips. However, if you tell me that you go out to eat at the restaurant once a week or you walk in wearing Kohl's clothes with designer handbags and smelling like a highend salon, then you can leave more than two dollars.
Its not even that I'm completely mad for myself. I know some people suck and that that guy literally thought $1.96 is a good tip. But the thing is, the person serving you has bills to pay and families to feed. What about the newly wed couple who works there? Or the mothers? Or the college students who don't even have family nearby? One girl came from across the country and doesn't have any family nearby, but she's in nursing school AND has to have her wisdom teeth removed. But she doesn't make enough money so she's still in pain.
Not every server earned or deserves a good tip. Mom and I have gone out to eat and seen our servers sitting down eating, or we haven't had anyone pay attention to us. That isn't a reason to boycott that restaurant, because you had one bad server, but its understandable not to leave them the best tip ever. We walked out on a tip for some guy who spent our entire meal, eating his meal and didn't even refill our drinks once.
But when somebody is really trying? When your drinks stay full, you're offered everything there is to offer, you joke and laugh, you get your food while its hot and love it, you have a never ending supply of bread (or chips or whatever), all that shit... No, you need to at least leave more than two fucking dollars. Because I can guarantee you that that person is trying their hardest and they are working their ass off for something.
And when there isn't a lot of people in the restaurant? What if you're the only tip they even get that day? We were so slow, the manager actually should have sent me home after the second table and I would have made less than five dollars today, with paying tip out. He only let me stay that extra hour because I got such bad tips from my first two tables and he wanted me to at least make enough money to cover gas. Not all managers are that nice... and he's the one I don't like.
You don't have to leave a big tip. I'm not saying you should pay their rent or something. But at least be considerate. The "official" amount that you're supposed to leave is 20% of the bill. As long as they're trying, even if they make a small mistake, at least give them enough money to buy an entire thing of tic tacs instead of just one. Damn.
And now all of that has been said, but I have one more important thing to say. I was ranting about this on Twitter earlier and my friend Ashley responded. I'm publicly apologizing because I was publicly a bitch to her earlier. She tried to calm me down and remind me that at least I got something instead of nothing, but I was too angry to listen and I snapped at her. I'm really sorry, Ashley.
P.S. The table that gave me the review stayed from 2:30 until closing. It pisses the servers off if you stay for hours, because we don't make money if we don't turn tables. If you hog up a table, you won't let them make any money. It also means that they can't go home unless they beg another server to take the table from them. Just so ya'll know because they'll probably spit in your food next time you come in. (I wouldn't, but there are people who would.)
P.S. #2 Seriously. Don't fuck with the bitch in charge of your food.