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(Memphis Commercial Appeal)   Guy that works at Waffle House feels the declining tips are because of the economy, as opposed to because of where he works   (commercialappeal.com ) divider line
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2008-09-09 10:25:36 AM  
If he votes McCain...more pancakes = more tips.
 
2008-09-09 10:37:46 AM  
even if you give 15%, how much are you really gonna get in tips at a waffle house. the few times i've been to one, i don't ever remember spending all that much
 
2008-09-09 10:38:24 AM  
Waffle House does a shiat load of business. Then again, every time I'm in there it's filled with either drunk people (like me) or necks. Drunks usually tip well, unless they can't add. Necks, not so much.

Where was I going with this?
 
2008-09-09 10:48:28 AM  
If you think you can't afford to leave 15 or 20%, maybe you shouldn't be out paying $8 for a meal that would cost $1 if you made it at home.
 
2008-09-09 11:02:18 AM  
I went to a Waffle House once, and watched the cook mix raw eggs with his hands and then touch every other food item without even wiping his hands.
The food was also incredibly greasy, but it tasted so good that I may go back regardless of the risk of salmonella and diarrhea.
 
2008-09-09 11:05:48 AM  

MrKraclenutz: every time I'm in there it's filled with either drunk people (like me)


Same here. It's a drunk tank. That an Village Inn and Deney's. If anything it means that more people are getting shiatfaced.
 
2008-09-09 11:31:58 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: even if you give 15%, how much are you really gonna get in tips at a waffle house. the few times i've been to one, i don't ever remember spending all that much


The real question is: Why would you tip at the Waffle House.

It's really time to stop this tipping nonsense. I was in Japan and Korea earlier this year where you don't tip but the service was 100X better then anything I've ever received in the US. In Korea they had buttons on the table to call the waiter, call for the bill, etc. I pressed it and the dude was there before my finger could leave the button. It was the only time I've ever felt bad about not leaving a tip.
 
2008-09-09 11:48:06 AM  

MrKraclenutz: Then again, every time I'm in there it's filled with either drunk people (like me) or necks.


Just necks? You sure about that, or were you just really drunk?
 
2008-09-09 11:52:18 AM  

lunchinlewis: If you think you can't afford to leave 15 or 20%, maybe you shouldn't be out paying $8 for a meal that would cost $1 if you made it at home.


This is absolutely correct.

skitzo: It's really time to stop this tipping nonsense.


Oh boy, the "I saw Reservoir Dogs too many times" contingent has arrived.
 
2008-09-09 11:53:35 AM  
Why would anyone ever eat at Waffle House?

One of the things I do not understand about the rest of the country is the complete and total lack of single restaurants. Every thing is a chain. There's no local pizza place, Chinese/Thai/Mexican/Indian takeout owned by actual Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Indian people, and most terrible of all, no weekend brunch places.

Seriously, you guys. Seriously.
 
2008-09-09 11:56:24 AM  

Cagey B:
skitzo: It's really time to stop this tipping nonsense.

Oh boy, the "I saw Reservoir Dogs too many times" contingent has arrived.


Way to read the rest of the comment.
 
2008-09-09 11:58:43 AM  

what_now: Why would anyone ever eat at Waffle House?


Because the food is delicious?
 
2008-09-09 12:08:17 PM  
"What you readin' for?"
 
2008-09-09 12:12:26 PM  

skitzo: Way to read the rest of the comment.


I read the rest of your comment, and it didn't exactly make a cogent argument either.
 
2008-09-09 12:25:51 PM  

Cagey B: skitzo: Way to read the rest of the comment.

I read the rest of your comment, and it didn't exactly make a cogent argument either.


So the fact that other countries do not engage in the tipping ritual but their waitstaff give better service has no baring on the no tipping argument?

Please enlighten me.
 
2008-09-09 12:31:41 PM  

skitzo: So the fact that other countries do not engage in the tipping ritual but their waitstaff give better service has no baring on the no tipping argument?

Please enlighten me.


The Japanese and Korean economies are the exact same as the US? Their attitudes towards labor and treatment of workers are the same? Their societal norms are the same? How about cost of living, and makeup of financial obligations? Those the exact same too?

You're straight up saying "they do it in Japan/Korea, we must do it exactly the same here". And that's your only reasoning.

Hey, guess what, a guy in a Chinese factory works a 12 hour day for ten dollars! And he's productive! Let's do that here!
 
2008-09-09 12:35:22 PM  

what_now: One of the things I do not understand about the rest of the country is the complete and total lack of single restaurants.


huh. i eat at non-chain locally owned restaurants several times every week - way more often than i eat 'franchise food'. they're still alive and well around here (kansas city)
 
2008-09-09 12:35:52 PM  

what_now: Why would anyone ever eat at Waffle House?

One of the things I do not understand about the rest of the country is the complete and total lack of single restaurants. Every thing is a chain. There's no local pizza place, Chinese/Thai/Mexican/Indian takeout owned by actual Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Indian people, and most terrible of all, no weekend brunch places.

Seriously, you guys. Seriously.


Are you serial?

I haven't been to every state, but on the west coast, I've never had a hard time finding unique stand alone restaurants that aren't part of a chain. Maybe it's the price point, most the places I go, a meal starts at $16. But even then, I know plenty of Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Hamburger shacks, Pizza joints and BBQ's that are all owned by sole proprietors.
 
2008-09-09 12:39:33 PM  

Cagey B:
Hey, guess what, a guy in a Chinese factory works a 12 hour day for ten dollars! And he's productive! Let's do that here!


Now you get it.
 
2008-09-09 12:49:32 PM  

skitzo: Now you get it.


Get what? That your argument is beyond idiotic and that you're a cheap bastard who should never go out to eat?
 
2008-09-09 01:52:31 PM  

what_now: Why would anyone ever eat at Waffle House?


Why? Because I like my diarrhea to be smothered and covered.
 
2008-09-09 01:53:23 PM  

what_now: Why would anyone ever eat at Waffle House?

One of the things I do not understand about the rest of the country is the complete and total lack of single restaurants. Every thing is a chain. There's no local pizza place, Chinese/Thai/Mexican/Indian takeout owned by actual Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Indian people, and most terrible of all, no weekend brunch places.

Seriously, you guys. Seriously.


Why so serious?
 
2008-09-09 01:53:24 PM  
declining tips mean tips made from waffle house compared to tips made from waffle house. hence, the fact he works at a shiatty restaurant is irrelevant. i guess that $0.50 means a lot to this guy.
 
2008-09-09 01:54:17 PM  
Nothing like a good ol' Waffle House wedding!
www.gwinnettdailypost.com
 
2008-09-09 01:55:51 PM  
In other countries waiters get much better pay.
But in the USA they get $3 an hour plus tips.
 
2008-09-09 01:56:34 PM  
Fiesta Omlet
Double order of hashbrowns (scattered, smothered, covered & peppered)
Grits
Coke
Coffee
 
2008-09-09 01:56:57 PM  
This is why you go to college...
 
2008-09-09 01:57:39 PM  
I went to a Waffle House in Maryland right by the I-95, and the kid working there cut his finger and showed it to everyone. He then proceeded to finish making our order (not even stopping to get a band-aid). We then left, suddenly not feeling hungry anymore.
 
2008-09-09 01:57:49 PM  
K i work at a high end steakhouse in a supposedly recession proof area, and we're doing less traffic, with customers spending less, and tipping less.

Someones gotta work at waffle house. Doesn't make the point any less valid.
 
2008-09-09 01:57:57 PM  
He should get a job at the international house of pancakes. Exchange rate = better tips
 
2008-09-09 01:58:07 PM  
Elvis reportedly went to a Waffle Huse, paid with a $100 and told the clerk to keep the change.
 
2008-09-09 01:58:46 PM  
As someone who lives in a state devoid of waffle houses, I'm a little confused by most of these replies.
 
2008-09-09 01:58:49 PM  
"Some people don't tip at all," King, 21, added. "They're struggling, too."

God I farking hate people. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to eat there.

If you can't afford to tip at a farking Waffle House, you can't afford to leave your farking house.

/ate at Waffle House once
//one of my greatest dining regrets
 
2008-09-09 02:00:19 PM  

tuxq: This is why you go to college...


I've slung hash next to MBAs and beyond- lotta people have trouble finding employment in an oversaturated field. Headline's argument applies to them too.
 
2008-09-09 02:00:50 PM  
TIPPING THREAD!!

Lets see:

- Black people don't tip
-- I'm a black person and I tip. What do you have to say to that?
- *crickets*

- I shouldn't have to tip. Their bosses should pay them a decent wage.
-- Tipping is a social contract in this country. By entering into a restaurant that requires their staff to live on tips, you are agreeing to this social contract. Not honoring it makes you a douche and a social pariah. What do you have to say to that?
- *crickets*

- I often tip 500% at my local restaurant because the staff knows just how much ice I like in my diet coke and the kitchen will often send out a complimentary basket of bread that the regular sucker customers don't get.
-- Actually, the staff realizes that you're trying to buy their friendship and treats you accordingly. That money that you're "saving" on free bread and discounted soda is going right into the servers pocket. What do you have to say to that?
- *cries*

/Exhales
 
2008-09-09 02:01:32 PM  
i loves me some waffle house. but when we're on the road i have to ask my wife: "i'm thinking about stopping for food, do you need to go to the bathroom?"

if her answer is "yes" then waffle house is off the table.

/so glad i get to stand up in public restrooms.
 
2008-09-09 02:01:57 PM  

I_C_Weener: If he votes McCain...more pancakes = more tips.


That house waffles more than McCain.
 
2008-09-09 02:02:13 PM  

skitzo:
It's really time to stop this tipping nonsense. I was in Japan and Korea earlier this year where you don't tip but the service was 100X better then anything I've ever received in the US. In Korea they had buttons on the table to call the waiter, call for the bill, etc. I pressed it and the dude was there before my finger could leave the button. It was the only time I've ever felt bad about not leaving a tip.


Fine. If you can convince restaurants to pay people a living wage instead of below minimum wage, I'll be all for ending the tipping custom. Good luck with that. I'll have to look at the figures again, but I'm fairly certain that waiters, waitresses, etc. get paid much better in Japan (and likely Korea)
 
2008-09-09 02:02:51 PM  
YATT (yet another tip thread). Hopefully it won't devolve into people proclaiming their 1000% tipping courtesy.

I wouldn't mind seeing tipping up front become customary -- you know roughly what your food will cost, so you can tip 10% when you are seated and the waiter/waitress doesn't have to wonder if they are getting tipped at all. You can enjoy your meal. At the end, you can pay your bill and walk. If service was excellent, maybe you tip a little more. If service was poor, you take it up with the manager (the person ringing you out from my experience) on your way out. If you don't want to pony up the 10% ahead of time, that's fine too, but you'll get exactly the kind of service you deserved anyway.
 
2008-09-09 02:03:03 PM  

Silver1973: what_now: Why would anyone ever eat at Waffle House?

Because the food is delicious?


You use that word... I don't think it means what you think it means.
 
2008-09-09 02:04:15 PM  
The late, great Bill Hicks:

"I was in Nashville, Tennesee last year, after the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me, 'Tch tch tch tch. Hey, what you readin' for?'

Is that like the weirdest farking question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading for. 'Well, godammit, you stumped me. Why do I read? Well... hmmm... I guess I read for a lot of reasons, and the main one, is so I don't end up, being a farking waffle waitress.'

But then... this trucker in the next booth gets up, stands over me, and goes, "Well, looks like we got ourselves a reader." What the fark's going on here? It's not like I walked into a clan rally in a Boy George outfit, godammit, it's a book!"
 
2008-09-09 02:04:20 PM  
FTFHL: "...as opposed to because of..."

subby that hurt!

/rather than?
 
2008-09-09 02:05:54 PM  

MrKraclenutz: Necks, not so much.


Speaking as a former waitress the rednecks actually seem to tip alright. I wouldn't give out any prizes, but I wouldn't disparage them either. If we are going to profile, the prizes go out to men who are covered in tatoos or otherwise have a kind of "biker" look. Never less than 20%. Keeep up the good work guys. Black people out with their families and middle-aged women in a group, you need to take some notes. You're worse than even the teenagers who have no money. I've watched groups of them scrape together farking pocket change to leave a reasonable tip.
 
2008-09-09 02:06:06 PM  

Cagey B: skitzo: Now you get it.

Get what? That your argument is beyond idiotic and that you're a cheap bastard who should never go out to eat?


We know who's a waiter...

seanmur: In other countries waiters get much better pay.
But in the USA they get $3 an hour plus tips.


...and how this is the customers problem?
 
2008-09-09 02:06:15 PM  

dervish16108: I went to a Waffle House in Maryland right by the I-95, and the kid working there cut his finger and showed it to everyone. He then proceeded to finish making our order (not even stopping to get a band-aid). We then left, suddenly not feeling hungry anymore.


Heck, in Maryland (pronounced "MER-lind"), we call that "local flavor".

I don't blame you, though.
 
2008-09-09 02:06:21 PM  
I usually start at 20% or so, with more for interesting conversation, good service or if she's cute too. If I'm in a bar it's usually $2 per drink, with the same upward departures for the previous criteria. I can't remember the last time I zeroed somebody out, but I don't feel obligated to tip, especially for rude or sloppy service.
 
2008-09-09 02:06:29 PM  
as a member of the service industry a few things things...
1. For some reason those toothless girls who work at the waffle house at 3am make a pretty good living. The food is cheap so the tips are low but there is only one or two waitresses in there so it adds up.
2. skitzo you should stop going out to eat, it is the lowlife nontipping scum of the earth that attribute to bad service. We know your cheap, thats why you get bad service. You do realize the average waiter makes around 3.65 an hour right? Do you have any idea how much more expensive it would be. to go out if they had to pay us full wages? I figure your just upset because I probably make more money in the four days a week I'm at work then you do in your five.
3. Before you say that its easy to be a server, try it at a busy restaraunt.
 
2008-09-09 02:06:41 PM  

LandOfChocolate: TIPPING THREAD!!
Lets see:
- Black people don't tip
-- I'm a black person and I tip. What do you have to say to that?
- *crickets*

Well I hope you don't tip too well, because they're deliberately giving you poorer service.
 
2008-09-09 02:07:27 PM  

farkwell: i loves me some waffle house. but when we're on the road i have to ask my wife: "i'm thinking about stopping for food, do you need to go to the bathroom?"

if her answer is "yes" then waffle house is off the table.

/so glad i get to stand up in public restrooms.


Why? You scared of the vagbugs?

/ain't skeered
 
2008-09-09 02:08:03 PM  
I bet Obama has never eaten in a waffle house.

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