Random Thoughts

Thoughts while shaving

by Jim Tierney

Do you have that dilemma of how much to tip when you go to a restaurant? The
standard amount these days is 20% that used to be 15% and, of course, it also
depends on the service. Do you use the same measure for both breakfast and dinner?  
The service is about the same, except that at dinner you may have your water glass
refilled occasionally, but the tip is substantially less for breakfast. The average
breakfast bill is between $15 and $20, resulting in a 20% tip of $3 or $4, while
the dinner bill may be $60 or $80 with a tip of $12 or $16. Is this fair to the
breakfast servers for the same basic service? When you consider that the minimum
wage for servers is about $2.70 an hour and that they rely on tips, maybe you
should give a little extra to ALL servers, even beyond the standard 20%. Maybe even
a little extra for breakfast, and cut them some slack on poor service. It may be
the kitchen’s fault or he/she had a bad start getting the kids off to school or to
bed, before going off to their second job to make ends meet.

July 6, 2012

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