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2020-12-04 3:36:53 PM  
Given how my brain reads the first word of that headline on this website, are we not doing phrasing anymore?
 
2020-12-04 3:50:35 PM  
I often mark zero for the tip, and leave a cash tip, just so the server doesn't have to wait for the owner to hopefully reimburse them.

I wonder how often a server adds in some nasty commentary and shares the whole "martyred server" post.
 
2020-12-04 3:50:55 PM  
Dine and dash... Had to pay the bill out of my pay.

I hate people.
 
2020-12-04 4:14:05 PM  

Ker_Thwap: I often mark zero for the tip, and leave a cash tip, just so the server doesn't have to wait for the owner to hopefully reimburse them.

I wonder how often a server adds in some nasty commentary and shares the whole "martyred server" post.


Don't put in zero. Write in the word "Cash"
 
2020-12-04 4:36:18 PM  
I used to wait tables at Red Lobster. One Valentine's Day I had a guy who you could tell was really working hard to impress his date. At the end of their dinner, he gave me the check and a 50 dollar bill, very ostentatiously telling me to keep the change. Trouble was, his check total was $80-something. I had to chase him out in the parking lot to get the rest of it and of course, no tip. On the plus side, his date was mortified, so I likely wasn't the only one not getting any.
 
2020-12-04 5:38:18 PM  
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2020-12-04 5:53:06 PM  
In before Gunga Galunga.
 
2020-12-04 6:17:13 PM  
It's depressing to see that there are people who play that kind of sh*t and demand to be treated as "adults".  They better hope their server doesn't have a good memory.
 
2020-12-04 6:25:29 PM  

aimtastic: I used to wait tables at Red Lobster. One Valentine's Day I had a guy who you could tell was really working hard to impress his date. At the end of their dinner, he gave me the check and a 50 dollar bill, very ostentatiously telling me to keep the change. Trouble was, his check total was $80-something. I had to chase him out in the parking lot to get the rest of it and of course, no tip. On the plus side, his date was mortified, so I likely wasn't the only one not getting any.


Red Lobster for Valentines Day is so pathetic.
 
2020-12-04 6:32:14 PM  

FrancoFile: Red Lobster for Valentines Day is so pathetic.


It's kinda cute and sweet if it's like 17 year old who haven't even heard of a restaurant fancier than Red Lobster.
 
2020-12-04 6:34:18 PM  

aimtastic: FrancoFile: Red Lobster for Valentines Day is so pathetic.

It's kinda cute and sweet if it's like 17 year old who haven't even heard of a restaurant fancier than Red Lobster.


True.
 
2020-12-04 6:34:34 PM  

FrancoFile: aimtastic: I used to wait tables at Red Lobster. One Valentine's Day I had a guy who you could tell was really working hard to impress his date. At the end of their dinner, he gave me the check and a 50 dollar bill, very ostentatiously telling me to keep the change. Trouble was, his check total was $80-something. I had to chase him out in the parking lot to get the rest of it and of course, no tip. On the plus side, his date was mortified, so I likely wasn't the only one not getting any.

Red Lobster for Valentines Day is so pathetic.

 
2020-12-04 6:50:45 PM  
When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.
 
2020-12-04 6:50:55 PM  
Damn that made me feel stabby.
 
2020-12-04 7:02:44 PM  

UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.


That's just, I'm not even sure what to call it. WTF?
 
2020-12-04 7:07:37 PM  

CFitzsimmons: UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.

That's just, I'm not even sure what to call it. WTF?


"Narcissistic arsehole with a small wiener" is the phrase you're looking for.
 
2020-12-04 7:08:06 PM  

optikeye: Ker_Thwap: I often mark zero for the tip, and leave a cash tip, just so the server doesn't have to wait for the owner to hopefully reimburse them.

I wonder how often a server adds in some nasty commentary and shares the whole "martyred server" post.

Don't put in zero. Write in the word "Cash"


Agreed, except I like to write it CA$H, because I'm so clever like that.
 
2020-12-04 7:38:21 PM  
Bunch of office workers out for lunch.

3 leave. One goes to the bathroom. Last guy takes the tip. I follow them out, ask the other three if the money on the table was intended for me because their buddy took it.

Then I just turn around and go back to work. They never came and gave me a tip, nor ever returned to the restaurant, but I could hear them biatching out their co-worker.

My manager saw this and told me I shouldn't have confronted them. I invited him to go out and apologize to the group before they left for my indiscretions. He declined.

I've never been able to prove anyone else did it, as they usually only take a buck or two back. This guy took the whole tip, change and all.

Fast forward half a decade, going out for lunch from my new job. One of our group tries it, didn't realize someone else was still in the place and caught him red handed. The guy farking claimed he was entitled to it; entitled to put in only ten bucks on a ten dollar meal, then take back 5. Literally believing we somehow were obligated to pay for part of his meal.

He was always doing shiat like that. Taking favors without asking. You'd be at the end of a shift and he'd be telling you to drive him home. He knew he needed the ride all day. He wouldn't even ask. "Oh, smacks, I'm going to have you drive me home today"

And we weren't tight or anything. He treated everyone like that. Just, leaning on them. At one point he asked me "I don't think any of you guys like me" and couldn't quite grasp the laundry list of shiatty behavior.

Years later, he runs into my father, he says "oh, my son is in your line work". They speak for a minute. My dad texts me later, "smacks... That REDACTED guy is a real farking weirdo"

Other than tip theft, I've only got your usual stories of all coins, cash in the food, and religious fake bills.

Oh, and that shiatty thing where a cheap ass hands you the cash via handshake so his date can't see what a cheap ass he is.
 
2020-12-04 7:40:00 PM  

Bob Falfa: optikeye: Ker_Thwap: I often mark zero for the tip, and leave a cash tip, just so the server doesn't have to wait for the owner to hopefully reimburse them.

I wonder how often a server adds in some nasty commentary and shares the whole "martyred server" post.

Don't put in zero. Write in the word "Cash"

Agreed, except I like to write it CA$H, because I'm so clever like that.


I use a K because I'm gritty and edgy!
 
2020-12-04 8:11:42 PM  
Used to wait tables at a pizza restaurant - table of 4 cute girls left me a... walnut. Couldn't figure it out, they didn't complain and seemed to enjoy both the pizza and my attentive (I may have mentioned they were cute) service. It remains one of my life's great mysteries, along with that cop who knocked on my door that one time and I pretended I wasn't home and who never came back.
 
2020-12-04 8:13:52 PM  

FrancoFile: aimtastic: I used to wait tables at Red Lobster. One Valentine's Day I had a guy who you could tell was really working hard to impress his date. At the end of their dinner, he gave me the check and a 50 dollar bill, very ostentatiously telling me to keep the change. Trouble was, his check total was $80-something. I had to chase him out in the parking lot to get the rest of it and of course, no tip. On the plus side, his date was mortified, so I likely wasn't the only one not getting any.

Red Lobster for Valentines Day is so pathetic.


Yup.. But Waffle House for Valentines day is Cool.
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2020-12-04 8:23:38 PM  

optikeye: FrancoFile: aimtastic: I used to wait tables at Red Lobster. One Valentine's Day I had a guy who you could tell was really working hard to impress his date. At the end of their dinner, he gave me the check and a 50 dollar bill, very ostentatiously telling me to keep the change. Trouble was, his check total was $80-something. I had to chase him out in the parking lot to get the rest of it and of course, no tip. On the plus side, his date was mortified, so I likely wasn't the only one not getting any.

Red Lobster for Valentines Day is so pathetic.

Yup.. But Waffle House for Valentines day is Cool.
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To each their own.
 
2020-12-04 8:28:35 PM  
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That's Screaming Jay Hawkins, and he's a wild man, so bug off.
 
2020-12-04 9:41:09 PM  

Billy Liar: It's depressing to see that there are people who play that kind of sh*t and demand to be treated as "adults".  They better hope their server doesn't have a good memory.


They don't need a good memory. Based on those photos, most of the people who did that sort of thing paid by credit card with their name right on the receipt. Not quite as foolish as cursing your server before your meal arrives or sending it back a couple of times, but not too far behind.
 
2020-12-04 9:54:19 PM  

Robinfro: CFitzsimmons: UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.

That's just, I'm not even sure what to call it. WTF?

"Narcissistic arsehole with a small wiener" is the phrase you're looking for.


Trump is the shortened form of that phrase.
 
2020-12-04 9:57:13 PM  
Trashiest?  When I worked in a restaurant one trashy looking couple with a mob of trashy kids, including a not-walking-yet toddler, left a hurricane of a mess behind at their table and the toddler's shiat (no diaper/pullups left behind) in the highchair.  No monetary tip.
 
2020-12-04 10:05:41 PM  

AtomPeepers: Robinfro: CFitzsimmons: UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.

That's just, I'm not even sure what to call it. WTF?

"Narcissistic arsehole with a small wiener" is the phrase you're looking for.

Trump is the shortened form of that phrase.


I had a couple kind of do that, but they didn't remove any so I wasn't sure if they were doing that or just trying to show me they would tip well.

Guess it's lucky I didn't get late with a refill.

/The douchery of others never ceases to surprise
 
2020-12-04 10:30:00 PM  

optikeye: FrancoFile: aimtastic: I used to wait tables at Red Lobster. One Valentine's Day I had a guy who you could tell was really working hard to impress his date. At the end of their dinner, he gave me the check and a 50 dollar bill, very ostentatiously telling me to keep the change. Trouble was, his check total was $80-something. I had to chase him out in the parking lot to get the rest of it and of course, no tip. On the plus side, his date was mortified, so I likely wasn't the only one not getting any.

Red Lobster for Valentines Day is so pathetic.

Yup.. But Waffle House for Valentines day is Cool.
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I'll remember that for when I want a divorce.
 
2020-12-04 10:38:41 PM  
I have a favorite campus bar/restaurant that's been there forever.  Back in the day, I didn't have much money and it was kind of a special occasion for me to go there.  Over the holidays, I couldn't afford to go home but I'd try to treat myself with a meal there.  I noticed that everyone working there over the holidays seemed to be at least as poor as I was and all seemed to be students like me who also couldn't afford to not work or go home over the holidays.  The worst job in the place seemed to be dishwasher and I always imagined that the poor SOB working that job really, really wanted to go to college to put up with that job.  Later on, I graduated and got a good job making good money.  During holiday season, I always took my visiting family to this place because it was cool, they wanted to go, and it had become something of a holiday tradition.  About 20 years ago, I was feeling the Christmas spirit and had a hundred dollar bill in my wallet.  I stepped up to a place where I could see the dishwasher and waved him to come out to see me.  He did and I gave him the hundred.  He cried a little. Every year since, I've given the dishwasher a hundred.  It is my favorite thing to do over the Christmas holiday.  Considering inflation, I should probably up my game.
 
2020-12-05 12:57:57 AM  
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2020-12-05 1:15:49 AM  

Smackledorfer: AtomPeepers: Robinfro: CFitzsimmons: UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.

That's just, I'm not even sure what to call it. WTF?

"Narcissistic arsehole with a small wiener" is the phrase you're looking for.

Trump is the shortened form of that phrase.

I had a couple kind of do that, but they didn't remove any so I wasn't sure if they were doing that or just trying to show me they would tip well.

Guess it's lucky I didn't get late with a refill.

/The douchery of others never ceases to surprise



Some people are just dumb and/or lose their mind.  One of my brother in-laws and his ex-wife were an embarrassment at restaurants.  They didn't (and still don't) have half the intelligence of even your lowest IQ waiter yet they would send food back and complain *every* time *and* leave shiatty tips.  I had to cover their ass multiple times.

One time, my mother, not long after she retired, freaked out because she had to wait too long.  We had a rather large group and she had old-age, baby-boomer brain lock about why it takes longer for a group of 9-10 than it does 2-3 people (and my mother is very liberal, mind you...if that makes any difference).  I had to give her a lecture about not being shiatty to the host/hostess and waiters especially on things they can't avoid.  The crazy thing is that my brother had, at the time, worked in the waiting/bartending/restaurant managing business for goddamn 17 years (like 4-5 star hotels and such).  I had to literally pull the waitress aside, apologize for my mother and tell her that I would be personally making sure the tip was sufficient.
 
2020-12-05 1:40:04 AM  

UberDave: Smackledorfer: AtomPeepers: Robinfro: CFitzsimmons: UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.

That's just, I'm not even sure what to call it. WTF?

"Narcissistic arsehole with a small wiener" is the phrase you're looking for.

Trump is the shortened form of that phrase.

I had a couple kind of do that, but they didn't remove any so I wasn't sure if they were doing that or just trying to show me they would tip well.

Guess it's lucky I didn't get late with a refill.

/The douchery of others never ceases to surprise


Some people are just dumb and/or lose their mind.  One of my brother in-laws and his ex-wife were an embarrassment at restaurants.  They didn't (and still don't) have half the intelligence of even your lowest IQ waiter yet they would send food back and complain *every* time *and* leave shiatty tips.  I had to cover their ass multiple times.

One time, my mother, not long after she retired, freaked out because she had to wait too long.  We had a rather large group and she had old-age, baby-boomer brain lock about why it takes longer for a group of 9-10 than it does 2-3 people (and my mother is very liberal, mind you...if that makes any difference).  I had to give her a lecture about not being shiatty to the host/hostess and waiters especially on things they can't avoid.  The crazy thing is that my brother had, at the time, worked in the waiting/bartending/restaurant managing business for goddamn 17 years (like 4-5 star hotels and such).  I had to literally pull the waitress aside, apologize for my mother and tell her that I would be personally making sure the tip was sufficient.


I've been the pulled aside waiter.

I've seen the cheap ass grandpa throw a fit when he caught on. That's not a fun place to be as a waiter.
 
2020-12-05 7:40:38 AM  
When I was 18 and had just started a barista job, this guy left the customary dollar in the tip jar when he ordered, then after he got his drink, declared it to be the best mocha/latte/whatever the hell it was he had ever had, and walked back to put two more bucks in the jar. It was...cool, but weird? Like...it wasn't ME that made the drink good, the shop as a whole just had really good coffee.

Other than that, just the fake religious bills. Oh, and I always wondered about the thought process of dudes who would hit on me and then not tip, whether I flirted back or not. Glad I'm not in that industry any more...
 
2020-12-05 11:36:32 AM  
When I first started dating my wife, my future MIL was dating a guy who would make a scene at restaurants, such as saying he noticed health code violations and said he would call the board of health unless his meal was comped (or something like that, I never saw it but was told about it and this was over 25 years ago). I'd always refuse to go out with them because I didn't want to deal with his game (I made exceptions for their regular places where he wouldn't pull that, he knew some good local Queens restaurants).
 
2020-12-05 11:42:48 AM  

UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.


This is a real thing? Jon Lithgow's character, Dick from 3rd Rock from the Sun, did this in an episode.
 
2020-12-05 11:48:59 AM  

frogmyte: When I was 18 and had just started a barista job, this guy left the customary dollar in the tip jar when he ordered, then after he got his drink, declared it to be the best mocha/latte/whatever the hell it was he had ever had, and walked back to put two more bucks in the jar. It was...cool, but weird? Like...it wasn't ME that made the drink good, the shop as a whole just had really good coffee.

Other than that, just the fake religious bills. Oh, and I always wondered about the thought process of dudes who would hit on me and then not tip, whether I flirted back or not. Glad I'm not in that industry any more...


Don't underestimate the baristas touch. I get my coffee at my work, same order, made on the same equipment, with the same ingredients, but somehow it varies greatly from best drink ever to I can barely get this down, all depending on who makes it.
 
2020-12-05 12:36:40 PM  

tjsands1118: UberDave: When I was a kid, my dad told me they never liked to go out to eat with one of my uncles (an asshole) because he did #7 - putting tip money on the table and taking amounts of it away when the waiter/waitress "screws up".  If I *ever* saw someone doing that in a restaurant, I would surreptitiously pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell them I will cover their tip for that table.

This is a real thing? Jon Lithgow's character, Dick from 3rd Rock from the Sun, did this in an episode.


Never heard of it beyond the internet.  I think it's a satire of Whatever You Like.

Stacks on Deck, Patron on Ice, we can pop .... seven, yeah, seven dollar bills here for you...

As long as you got me, you won't need no other customers.
 
2020-12-05 12:40:18 PM  
Bartending I got a "tax is theft" written on the tip line. I guess he thought I'm the tax collector.

I was a dumbass as a kid, and didn't understand tipping. I got it later as my friends got waiting jobs, and I heard them complain. Then I saw My Blue Heaven, wherein Steve Martin says, "I don't believe in tipping. I believe in over-tipping."
 
2020-12-05 12:56:42 PM  

Spice Must Flow: I was a dumbass as a kid, and didn't understand tipping. I got it later as my friends got waiting jobs, and I heard them complain. Then I saw My Blue Heaven, wherein Steve Martin says, "I don't believe in tipping. I believe in over-tipping."


Oddly enough a lot of the WWII generation that became successful where the same way. It was a way of showing you arrived. Much like almost coming to blows trying to pick up the tab.
 
2020-12-05 1:41:14 PM  

optikeye: Spice Must Flow: I was a dumbass as a kid, and didn't understand tipping. I got it later as my friends got waiting jobs, and I heard them complain. Then I saw My Blue Heaven, wherein Steve Martin says, "I don't believe in tipping. I believe in over-tipping."

Oddly enough a lot of the WWII generation that became successful where the same way. It was a way of showing you arrived. Much like almost coming to blows trying to pick up the tab.


I don't always eat at places with a server to tip, and when I do go it is as a luxury or extravagance (or business expense) and tipping decently is part of that. But I grew up with my stepdad and his high school buddies "arguing" over the check, and all them were in sales of some form. Born in the late 30s, so about the generation you described.

I went to breakfast with a young coworker, barely 21, and he left a 10% for our $1.99 special. I told him, I'll cover you tip but that's what the server lives off, and don't penalize her for the reduction. Well, when we went back there the next time we were in town a month later, she remembered us right away and was real friendly like we were regulars and my buddy said, "Oh, I get it now."
 
2020-12-05 2:08:59 PM  
Worst tip I ever got back when I was bartending was running out after 2 guys who didn't pay at all and jumping on the hood of their car when they tried to take off. "I think you forgot something".

Had regulars who would sit at the bar all night, tip was whatever change was in their pocket.

Worked at one place that had "all you can eat wing night" and when you saw that table of farking highschoolers ordering water and unlimited wings, you knew you were farked. 10 kids and you might make 2 dollars while they ate up a table in your section for hours, ordering 5 wings at a time when they finished with their current ones.

I'm so glad I got out, and definitely glad I'm not in that industry now with all the shiat going down.
 
2020-12-05 3:58:51 PM  
I tipped 100% for my outdoor dining experience last night, so getting a kick. Support local restaurants and servers!
 
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