Recently, we had a terrible experience at a restaurant. The waiter never came by to check on us, he was bothered when we asked him for anything, and he waited almost 15 minutes to put our umbrella up..after we asked him because it started raining. The food was cold when it came out, and I even had to get up to get my own coffee after waiting a VERY long time to get a refill.
Normally I can put up with this kind of thing, especially if the place is very busy. But this time was different, especially given his attitude towards us. It was almost like we were a bother to him just by sitting in his section. So, we left a very small tip, to make sure that he knew we weren’t happy. Some people don’t leave a tip at all for bad service, but I think the waiter might then just assume you forgot. Leaving a small tip insures that he or she knows that you were not happy. I am not saying it changes their attitude to other patrons, but it just might make them think twice with the next customer.
What is your opinion of tipping? Do you tip everywhere there is a jar out in front of you, or are you selective on where and whom you tip? Do you tip at places like Starbucks or fast food joints, or just at real restaurants? Some people dont tip at coffee places because, well, they are just making coffee. But we tip in bars, which is almost the same thing. Anyone? Bueller?