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(The New Republic)   A waitress who draws a smiley-face on a customer's check will get a better tip. But a waiter who does the same thing, it turns out, will just be thought of as kind of creepy   (newrepublic.com) divider line 42
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2014-04-02 05:59:19 PM
I could see that.  But if the waitress was 60 years old, that would seem a little creepy, too.  You have to be young to pull it off.
 
2014-04-02 06:00:47 PM
Waiters need to go with Mr. Licky.

:P
 
2014-04-02 06:24:45 PM

Lsherm: I could see that.  But if the waitress was 60 years old, that would seem a little creepy, too.  You have to be young to pull it off.


Heh, your mom puts a smiley face on my cock regularly and I never complain.
 
2014-04-02 06:33:55 PM
A girl who puts a smiley face in their text is being cute and flirty.

A guy who does it is being creepy.

It's science (OK, a "study" from zoosk.com)
 
2014-04-02 07:25:13 PM
This just in: PEOPLE LIKE BOOBS.

You have boobs, you get away with anything.
 
2014-04-02 07:31:15 PM
TOUCHING THE CUSTOMER

Depending on where she touches me her tip could be rather large.


HAVING BLOND HAIR

Otherwise known as the "Fox News Effect".
 
2014-04-02 07:43:38 PM
What if he drew a dickbutt?
 
2014-04-02 07:46:14 PM
A male waiter who asks 2 males if they are on a date is thought rather icky, particularly if he tells one of them "you lucky dog", that is unless they actually are on a date.
 
2014-04-02 07:59:04 PM
Unsurprisingly, most of those things are sexual/sensual in nature.

1. Touch (obvious)
2. Blonde hair signifies youth (or it did before bleach)
3. smiley face = casual flirting
4. I have no idea. I can't say I've ever taken note of a woman's hair ornaments.
5. She's totally into you
6. Lots of studies show red as the most influential color in clothing. It's sensual on women, powerful on men.
 
2014-04-02 08:02:12 PM

FunkOut: What if he drew a dickbutt?


That's two tips.
 
2014-04-02 08:04:53 PM
That's some unfortunate punctuation.
 
2014-04-02 08:19:17 PM
Boys draw wangs weapons and dinosaurs.
 
2014-04-02 08:19:58 PM

FunkOut: What if he drew a dickbutt?


Good for an extra 20%
 
2014-04-02 08:21:05 PM
Coming from someone who has waited tables a bunch and will most likely be again in a few months...

1. Be attractive (male or female)

2. Be fast

3. Don't fark up
 
2014-04-02 08:26:42 PM
iamthetrend.com
 
2014-04-02 08:35:06 PM
and teh ghey.
 
2014-04-02 08:48:13 PM
My wife's comment about how to get bigger tips: "have big boobs"
 
2014-04-02 08:52:49 PM
Rape culture takes another victim. In a world where all men are rapists, smiley faces are the tool of choice :-)
 
2014-04-02 09:01:16 PM

evilmousse: Boys draw wangs weapons and dinosaurs.


Tits
 
2014-04-02 09:04:51 PM

frozenhotchocolate: 1. Be attractive (male or female)2. Be fast3. Don't fark up


Be quick, Be quiet and be on time. Kelley Johnson
Famous Lockheed engineer that brought us the SR-71 Blackbird.
Also one of my Dad's favorites, also a Lockheed engineer but not famous.
 
2014-04-02 09:49:48 PM

God-is-a-Taco: Blonde hair signifies youth


how so ?
The majority of the world human youth have black hair. Blonde hair is an aberration (hence the use of blonde)
 
2014-04-02 09:50:28 PM
hence the use of blonde bleach FTFM
 
2014-04-02 10:27:33 PM
Csb, my old employer thought that I, an overweight man with a goatee, could improve service by using light physical contact like touching people's shoulders, hand or arms while taking orders.

I told them to put in writing that they'd pay any lawsuits. They backed down and stopped trying to make my waiting style into farking chachkis.
 
2014-04-02 10:43:07 PM
I think I've has some cute, flirty gay waiters do the smiley face thing on my check, but it doesn't make any difference in how I tip them, which tends to be well, as cute flirty waitstaff also tend to be extremely competent, regardless of gender or sexual preference.
 
2014-04-02 10:48:25 PM

Slartibartfaster: God-is-a-Taco: Blonde hair signifies youth

how so ?
The majority of the world human youth have black hair. Blonde hair is an aberration (hence the use of blonde)


Cause Northern European youth van be born blonde but have their hair darken overt time.


You forget that the We're eurocentric
 
2014-04-02 11:03:08 PM
Research discovers that servers who show clear signs associated with friendly and solicitous behaviour/personalities get better tips on average. Conclusion: program yourself to display those signs like an unthinking robot for better tips. I think that the servers' behaviours may have been subconciously modified in unintentional ways while they conciously followed the rules of the various studies.

This just in: Doctors who usually display signs commonly associated with attentiveness and fact-checking have better patient survival rates. Conclusion: To improve your patient's health, make frequent eye contact, nod a lot when they speak, and put lots of important-looking medical reference books on your shelves.
 
2014-04-02 11:03:13 PM
:)
 
2014-04-02 11:21:47 PM

BeepBeepMeep: :)


Creep! No tip for you.
 
2014-04-02 11:22:51 PM

shtychkn: You forget that the We're eurocentric


I was born blonde and evolved to black (now grey)
but - "we" are not eurocentric
who is this "we" you describe ?
 
2014-04-02 11:24:02 PM
duh
 
2014-04-02 11:59:40 PM
This article is farking stupid. As someone who spent 20 years in the service industry, I can unequivocally say that the best way to get consistently good tips is to provide exceptional service. That requires watching and listening for subtle social cues, having a commanding knowledge of food and beverage, and actually giving a shiat about the people you're waiting on. Do all of those things, and you can make a shiatload of money as a waiter or waitress.
 
2014-04-03 12:04:22 AM

Slartibartfaster: shtychkn: You forget that the We're eurocentric

I was born blonde and evolved to black (now grey)
but - "we" are not eurocentric
who is this "we" you describe ?


I sorry. That message was for people that are members of fark. Apparently you came to read my pay from some other website.
 
2014-04-03 12:12:53 AM
Be competent at your job while being cute and checking me out and you will get a bigger tip. Then again, I am a big tipper unless the service sucks.
 
2014-04-03 02:04:32 AM

Dwight_Yeast: I think I've has some cute, flirty gay waiters do the smiley face thing on my check, but it doesn't make any difference in how I tip them, which tends to be well, as cute flirty waitstaff also tend to be extremely competent, regardless of gender or sexual preference.


This. Chances are, I'd you're savvy enough to have sussed out these and other boost-my-tip tricks, you're savvy enough to be a good waitperson.
 
2014-04-03 02:12:22 AM

Z-clipped: This article is farking stupid. As someone who spent 20 years in the service industry, I can unequivocally say that the best way to get consistently good tips is to provide exceptional service. That requires watching and listening for subtle social cues, having a commanding knowledge of food and beverage, and actually giving a shiat about the people you're waiting on. Do all of those things, and you can make a shiatload of money as a waiter or waitress.


They are not mutually exclusive. I have left bigger tips for either reason.

Someone who provides great service will get a great tip. Someone who puts me in a good mood while I eat by being engaging and happy will also get a great tip-- or a good one if the service is mediocre, which is still a win for them.

There's a reason it's often referred to as the service *and hospitality* industry.
 
2014-04-03 02:18:14 AM

Lsherm: I could see that.  But if the waitress was 60 years old, that would seem a little creepy, too.  You have to be young to pull it off.


Not really. It's more like "hon" or "sweetie" I'd guess...

Male waiters are just creepy period. It's not something I want at all. I like women serving me, they're just much more personable and better at it. Everytime a guy serves me, it's always seemed forced and like he's just phoning it in.
 
2014-04-03 02:49:24 AM

brimed03: Z-clipped: This article is farking stupid. As someone who spent 20 years in the service industry, I can unequivocally say that the best way to get consistently good tips is to provide exceptional service. That requires watching and listening for subtle social cues, having a commanding knowledge of food and beverage, and actually giving a shiat about the people you're waiting on. Do all of those things, and you can make a shiatload of money as a waiter or waitress.

They are not mutually exclusive. I have left bigger tips for either reason.

Someone who provides great service will get a great tip. Someone who puts me in a good mood while I eat by being engaging and happy will also get a great tip-- or a good one if the service is mediocre, which is still a win for them.

There's a reason it's often referred to as the service *and hospitality* industry.


The issue is, the article uses disinterested crap mediocre service as the baseline, and then says "a, b, and c will result in better tips", implying that these "tricks" are the best way to make money when in fact, actually giving a shiat and providing excellent service will make you much more on a more consistent basis. On top of that, there's infinitely more dignity in being paid by someone who respects your expertise and professionalism than getting charity from someone who thinks you're cute.

Pretending to care about people is never a effective as ACTUALLY caring about them, and bullshiat is no substitute for being good at your job.
 
2014-04-03 06:30:19 AM
I like a wait-staff who is all business - no phony chit-chat.
They get the biggest tip.

I just want to be left alone and have a peaceful meal after a
stressful day.

It's good to reward experienced people who know when to give
their customers some space.
 
2014-04-03 07:12:35 AM
Crusco and Wetzel found that touching had a significant effect on tip size

Why yes, yes it does
 
jph
2014-04-03 08:54:33 AM
rainydaygal.com
 
2014-04-03 09:11:22 AM
If he tapdances and wears a top hat, then it won't be creepy.
 
2014-04-03 04:22:36 PM

shtychkn: Slartibartfaster: God-is-a-Taco: Blonde hair signifies youth

how so ?
The majority of the world human youth have black hair. Blonde hair is an aberration (hence the use of blonde)

Cause Northern European youth van be born blonde but have their hair darken overt time.


You forget that the We're eurocentric


Yes, this is correct. My hair is pretty damn dark brown, but I was born with blonde and it gradually turned dark. I'd say it reached its current darkest at about 16
 
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