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(The Oatmeal)   A new voice has entered the Tarantino debate about tipping at restaurants: Mr. Oatmeal   (theoatmeal.com) divider line 121
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2013-03-26 08:22:41 AM
At least in Seattle (actually the entire left coast) a server's tips don't count against his or her wages. Too bad the rest of the country hasn't caught up.
 
2013-03-26 08:29:33 AM
That post was a real gas.
 
2013-03-26 08:39:15 AM

xanadian: That post was a real gas.


Not to toot my own horn, but I did chuckle at "Ms. Fartrobin". I'm going to try and use that in a sentence today.
 
2013-03-26 08:57:14 AM
I used to wait tables and crop dusted poor tippers.
 
2013-03-26 08:57:48 AM
The Bleu Ribbon burger is good stuff. Bottomless steak fries and 22oz beers? Red Robin is good.
 
2013-03-26 08:58:34 AM
Do you think he listens to K-Billy Super Sounds Of The Seventies?
 
2013-03-26 09:01:44 AM
Did...did the Oatmeal just out Amy the Farting Server at Red Robin? Look at the receipt. It has the address of the RR and the name of the server...
 
2013-03-26 09:01:51 AM
FTA: "...write down a series of complex instructions..."  Really?  I've been a waiter before and it wasn't as if I was writing instructions on defusing a bomb.  Of course you might run into one of these every so often, but it's not like it happens at every table.

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2013-03-26 09:02:42 AM
I have heard enough guys joke that they like to smell the farts of a hot chick, for a moment I thought that was where this was heading.  I am glad that it didn't, however I am sure there will be some post here to that effect.  I won't check back for that.
 
2013-03-26 09:06:20 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The Bleu Ribbon burger is good stuff. Bottomless steak fries and 22oz beers? Red Robin is good.


You must be in the Minority. We have 3 in my general area and they all suck ass equally.

/bottomless steak fries do rock though.
 
2013-03-26 09:06:48 AM

SnarfVader: At least in Seattle (actually the entire left coast) a server's tips don't count against his or her wages. Too bad the rest of the country hasn't caught up.


Same here in California, and last time I heard only a couple of states (5 maybe) have a policy like this.  Frankly, it should be the case everywhere.  It was nice making 8 bucks an hour as a busser AND taking home 40 bucks in tips.
 
2013-03-26 09:07:19 AM
So a "standard tip" should now be 30%?

Fark. That.

If you're good, you'll get 15%. And you'll like it.
If you're good and hot and make me think I have a chance of sleeping with you, you'll get 20%.
 
2013-03-26 09:07:43 AM

kumanoki: Did...did the Oatmeal just out Amy the Farting Server at Red Robin? Look at the receipt. It has the address of the RR and the name of the server...


Yes.  That's the farthing waitress on the left.

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2013-03-26 09:08:02 AM

kumanoki: Did...did the Oatmeal just out Amy the Farting Server at Red Robin? Look at the receipt. It has the address of the RR and the name of the server...


That was my thought. Knowing the internet, someone will try and verify this story, and if true (and possibly even if not) will track down 'Amy' and turn her life upside down. I'm just waiting for the followup tag now.
 
2013-03-26 09:08:40 AM
Not only would I have not tipped, but I would have called her manager to demand to have her ass fired. Wait staff are designed to be subservient  obedient and respectful. If they can't manage those simple tasks, they should find another line of work. Perhaps stripping, where the expectation level is lower.
 
2013-03-26 09:10:43 AM

Gifted Many Few: Not only would I have not tipped, but I would have called her manager to demand to have her ass fired. Wait staff are designed to be subservient  obedient and respectful. If they can't manage those simple tasks, they should find another line of work. Perhaps stripping, where the expectation level is lower.


Wait, you accept strippers farting on you?
 
2013-03-26 09:11:05 AM

Gifted Many Few: Not only would I have not tipped, but I would have called her manager to demand to have her ass fired. Wait staff are designed to be subservient  obedient and respectful. If they can't manage those simple tasks, they should find another line of work. Perhaps stripping, where the expectation level is lower.


Sounds like somebody has never been farted on by a stripper.
 
2013-03-26 09:11:21 AM
Cute, I wonder if she's single?
 
2013-03-26 09:12:04 AM
I used to tend bar and wait tables, and I tip well.

My inlaws didn't, and don't.

I'm the superior being.
 
2013-03-26 09:12:18 AM
Oatmeal guy's schtick is getting a bit old.
 
2013-03-26 09:12:18 AM

SnarfVader: At least in Seattle (actually the entire left coast) a server's tips don't count against his or her wages. Too bad the rest of the country hasn't caught up.


yeah everywhere else is so stupid

gfy
 
2013-03-26 09:13:57 AM

Generation_D: I used to tend bar and wait tables, and I tip well.

My inlaws didn't, and don't.

I'm the superior being.


People have many things they like to be smug about, tipping doesn't need to be one of them
 
2013-03-26 09:16:44 AM
I was a restaurant once and ordered steak. I like my steak nice and bloody, so I ordered it seared but rare. When I got my steak it was medium. I waved my server down and before I told her about the steak asked to see her ordering book, she asked why I asked her please just humor me.

So I look in the book and sure enough she took the order down right, there was "1 stk dnr rare".

So I give her the book back, and tell her that its cooked wrong. She apologizes profusely and offers to take it back. I'm far to hungry to wait and just eat my steak despite being cooked wrong. I leave no tip on the receipt but seek the server out and give her a large cash tip and tell her "Here, this is to try and make up for the fact that the kitchen people are likely screwing you over tonight"

I stop by the hostess and ask for the shift manager. I let him know that the server was amazing, on time, filled drinks always, and took my order correctly however that his employees in the kitchen have no idea how to cook. He apologizes and offers a discount next time. I decline because honestly this was one of those rare moments I actually eat out, I go maybe 3 or 4 times in a year if that.

Long story short, servers work hard and often have conditions hoisted onto them of which they have zero control. So the lesson here is

*dons best Lawrence Tierney voice

"Just cough up a buck you cheap farking bastard"
 
2013-03-26 09:17:19 AM
Fart jokes are not enough to make this anything other than preachy garbage.
 
2013-03-26 09:17:38 AM

kericr: Wait, you accept strippers farting on you?


We pay extra for that action
 
2013-03-26 09:18:25 AM

DirkTheDaring: Gifted Many Few: Not only would I have not tipped, but I would have called her manager to demand to have her ass fired. Wait staff are designed to be subservient  obedient and respectful. If they can't manage those simple tasks, they should find another line of work. Perhaps stripping, where the expectation level is lower.

Sounds like somebody has never been farted on by a stripper.


Usually you pay double for that kind of action, Cotton.
 
2013-03-26 09:18:43 AM

AntonChigger: Generation_D: I used to tend bar and wait tables, and I tip well.

My inlaws didn't, and don't.

I'm the superior being.

People have many things they like to be smug about, tipping doesn't need to be one of them


Did you just out yourself as a crappy tipper?
 
2013-03-26 09:19:13 AM
The problem i have with tipping is it encourages greedy restaurant owners to pay shiatty wages. If tipping makes up an important part of their wages then there is something wrong with the system.

I avoid this by not going to restaurants I refuse to give money to the owner whilst they underpay there staff it's an old scam by the owner against their own staff and it should have died out long ago. But customers and staff keep it going thinking the owners have them over a barrel.
 
2013-03-26 09:20:41 AM

Priapetic: DirkTheDaring: Gifted Many Few: Not only would I have not tipped, but I would have called her manager to demand to have her ass fired. Wait staff are designed to be subservient  obedient and respectful. If they can't manage those simple tasks, they should find another line of work. Perhaps stripping, where the expectation level is lower.

Sounds like somebody has never been farted on by a stripper.

Usually you pay double for that kind of action, Cotton.


I've never had to, so I guess she really did like me!
 
2013-03-26 09:21:50 AM
A thread on tipping? May I be the first to predict the outcome?

www.alaskacommons.com
 
2013-03-26 09:23:30 AM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: kericr: Wait, you accept strippers farting on you?

We pay extra for that action


Damn.  18 seconds.

/fists, rage, etc.
//well, maybe not rage per se, but definitely mild displeasure
 
2013-03-26 09:25:05 AM
I worked in the food service industry for a few years. I tip at 20% for good service, 15-18 for ok, and less for poor service.

Worst experience: At a local bar & restaurant, maybe 10 years ago, ordered dinner that came with a salad. Server brings the salads out and we start eating. After a few bites, I notice something that doesn't look like a cherry tomato, carrot strip, or crouton. I move a lettuce leaf and see a band aid. It looked like it had slipped off someones finger.

I put my fork down, motioned to my wife, and pointed at my plate. She looked stunned and stopped eating. I sat there for maybe a minute. Then said, let's go. We started to get up and put on our coats, the server came over and asked what's wrong, I didn't make a scene, I just pointed at what was on the salad plate. I politely said, you can cancel our order.

Her response was, we can make another salad for you. Um, no thanks.
 
2013-03-26 09:28:37 AM

Generation_D: AntonChigger: Generation_D: I used to tend bar and wait tables, and I tip well.

My inlaws didn't, and don't.

I'm the superior being.

People have many things they like to be smug about, tipping doesn't need to be one of them

Did you just out yourself as a crappy tipper?


Hell no, I tip great.  Worked as a busser/server/host at a Spaghetti Factory in California for a year or two, and then off and on during college.
 
2013-03-26 09:29:16 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Bottomless steak fries and 22oz beers? Red Robin is good.


usttsdw: /bottomless steak fries do rock though.


Meh.  Every time I've been to a Red Robin in my area, I see the wait staff four times:  Once for ordering, once for drinks to be delivered, once for the food to be delivered, and once for the check.  Ordering bottomless fries is rather moot if the server never comes around to refill them for you.

/You can quibble if the check counts as one or two visits, but the point remains the same.
 
2013-03-26 09:30:05 AM
Holy crap. I just realized something... I think I once engaged in coitus with a waitress that worked at that Red Robins. Her name wasn't Amy, and I don't think she farted, but still...

/That particular restaurant has been closed since 2010
 
2013-03-26 09:30:49 AM

usttsdw: You must be in the Minority. We have 3 in my general area and they all suck ass equally.


I guess I'm also in the minority...I mean, I don't think Red Robin totally breaks the mold and redefines what a burger should be - but I enjoy it quite a bit when I go.

And, I realize that it's a tipping thread and it'll just be people yelling at each other....but god, I hate the argument of "If I have a bad day, I still get paid the same at my job."  Good for you - then you are lucky enough to have a job not weighted by how you interact with the public.  I, myself, have an hourly job, so that means I get paid overtime.  I could move to a salaried position, but I understand that this would mean I would be paid a flat rate and this is why I haven't.  These are trade-offs that I understand and accept.

Maybe waiting tables is the only job they can get...but the fact remains that their pay is contingent on how the public views their service (as well as random douche-nozzles.)  It's a fact of life, and there's no changing it.
 
2013-03-26 09:32:21 AM
At last an authoritative source has spoken, and we'll never, ever see another tipping thread on FARK.  Or at least, we'll never see a tipping thread that exceeds 200 posts.
 
2013-03-26 09:34:42 AM
So the real moral of the story is, if you are cute you can fart in a guys face, and still get paid even more than normal to do your job.
 
2013-03-26 09:36:39 AM
I tip more than my friends think I should but servers bust their ass off and I think they deserve it. It's rare when a server is simply horrible and only then will I leave a small (or no) tip.

I have found that at places I regularly visit, I get very good treatment likely because I tip well.

If you don't want to tip, eat at home.

Also, I've noticed Pot Belly and other places do not allow a tip jar by the till. Why would a company intentionally piss on their workers like that? What are they, WallMart?
 
2013-03-26 09:38:36 AM
Of course, the rest of the reasonable world pays waiters and waitresses an actual wage and tipping is only reserved for rare occasions of extreme service or weddings, etc...

/one of the things that annoys me in the US.
 
2013-03-26 09:38:41 AM
Every Red Robin I've been in was loud beyond belief. I wanted to leave as soon as I got there.
 
2013-03-26 09:38:46 AM
Why is this still a debate?  If you don't like to tip, regardless of your reasons, don't eat at places with waitstaff.  Go be a self-righteous jackhole somewhere else.
 
2013-03-26 09:41:20 AM

GORDON: SnarfVader: At least in Seattle (actually the entire left coast) a server's tips don't count against his or her wages. Too bad the rest of the country hasn't caught up.

yeah everywhere else is so stupid

gfy


That's not what I said, asshat. Fark off.
 
2013-03-26 09:43:27 AM
I'm a failure at home and powerless at my job, and I *still* don't treat people like shiat.

Does that make me a failure out of the home as well? Am I not keeping up my part of the compact? So confused.
 
2013-03-26 09:44:31 AM
Oh and for the "they should pay waitstaff a living wage so I don't have to tip" crowd, you do realize that if they did that the restaurant would raise its prices to compensate for the increases salary costs and you'd still end up paying the servers' wage, just not as directly?  You're basically complaining that you're handing money directly to the server instead of handing it to their boss, who then hands it to them via their paycheck.
 
2013-03-26 09:47:07 AM
Here's a tougher question.  Should you tip a stripper that farts on you?
 
2013-03-26 09:48:42 AM

Priapetic: MyKingdomForYourHorse: kericr: Wait, you accept strippers farting on you?

We pay extra for that action

Damn.  18 seconds.

/fists, rage, etc.
//well, maybe not rage per se, but definitely mild displeasure


Points to you, I totally forgot the Cotton part. Like forgetting to answer in a question for Jeopardy
 
2013-03-26 09:49:49 AM

verchad: we can make another salad for you


From the same bucket they got that one out of.
 
2013-03-26 09:50:14 AM

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: Why is this still a debate?  If you don't like to tip, regardless of your reasons, don't eat at places with waitstaff.  Go be a self-righteous jackhole somewhere else.


Don't tell me how to live my life.
 
2013-03-26 09:51:06 AM

slayer199: Here's a tougher question.  Should you tip a stripper that farts on you?


They usually tip on their own, as a courtesy. To the side, most times.
 
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