I found this somewhere on the internet and it really chaps my ass to see such ignorance, assuming that it is real. I am not sure what is worse, a single mom spending $138 on dinner when she can’t even afford to leave a tip or stiffing her server. In my opinion it makes it worse by leaving a note acknowledging the fact that you are not leaving a tip rather than if she did nothing leaving open the possibility that it was an oversight.
This person probably never worked in the restaurant business because the chances are pretty good that the person that she screwed out of a tip was a single mother too, as they are pretty common in restaurants. It’s usually a single mother that is either working 2 jobs or going to school, waiting tables and being a new mother simultaneously. I’ve seen it a thousand times over the years. If you are familiar with Reservoir Dog’s opening scene where the Ramblers were sitting in the diner when Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) makes his case on whether or not waitresses deserved to automatically get a tip every time or just when they go the extra mile. Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) states that waiting tables is the number one occupation that women with no college education can work and support their families, which is true.
You can always tell who either works or has worked in the business because we always over tip. If you can’t afford to leave a tip, you should stay home or go to the nearest drive thru because these restaurant people bust their ass and deserve every penny they earn. There are a few categories of people that are notoriously bad tippers: retired people on fixed incomes (whose fixed income may be 10 times what we make), teenagers that just don’t know any better, and stupid people.
Mr. Pink does make a compelling argument about tipping I’ll give him that, along with being able to sense a rat among the Ramblers.