I have never understood the reasoning behind tipping a percentage based on the bill. It makes no sense in my mind.
Before we get started, let me clarify one thing that people are automatically thinking. No, I'm not against tipping in general. We all know that if a server is being paid less than minimum wage because of some predetermined estimation of their tips, then they need tips to survive on. I'm perfectly fine with that...even though I think it makes more sense to just make it a minimum wage job standardized and not have to bother with the tips.
What confuses me, though, is this concept that I should automatically tip you a percentage of the bill that I have, as opposed to tipping for your service. Your job is to take my order, check if I need anything, and give me my food, correct? Thus, I'm paying you for that service, not for the quality of the food, the cooking of the food, or anything in relation to that. If you do shit service, why should you be compensated as if you did an average job just because I have a bigger bill? Equally, if you do really good service, why should you be penalized just because I have a smaller bill?
Say I order a steak for $20 and a waiter brings out one plate. Another person, sitting at another table, orders a complicated but cheap breakfast for $10 that has 5 plates to it. Why should my waiter be paid more money than the other one for doing less work, just because my meal was more expensive? Would you pay a mechanic more money for labor if he spent 30 minutes installing a $2000 car part than if he spent 3 hours working on the car to fix something that only costs you $50? No!
I've never once gone out to eat at a restaurant and skipped out on tipping the waiter/waitress...even the ones that were complete assholes and didn't deserve anything. The lowest I've personally given was a dollar, and frankly, she didn't deserve that, considering she received a dollar from each person in my large group and treated us like a bitch the entire time. How does someone get offended when you order orange juice at 8 in the morning on a week day by saying "I'll have a large orange juice"? This same waitress flipped out at a friend of mine for asking if she needed any help with the distribution of the plates (of which there were many). The last thing she deserved was to get rewarded for my big breakfast.
So really, I'd like to hear a good argument for why I should pay more to a bad server just because I ordered a more expensive meal, and why I should pay less to a good server just because I ordered a glass of free water.
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