Hey all. Yes, I have been out of the blogging world for a while. The husband is currently not working which means I am working. More than working actually. More like slaving away for pennies. So needless to say, blogging has taken a back seat to other needs, such as sleep, oh and Pinterest.
After watching the news tonight I knew this was a story I couldn't pass up. Family Locked in Restaurant After Refusing to Tip for Bad Service.
It seems this family down in Texas went out to dinner with a group of people. Also seems that the restaurant they chose to go to has a policy of adding a 17 percent tip onto table of five or more (although it doesn't say this on the link, on the news they showed the menu at the restaurant that clearly states this policy). The cheap ass people decided not to pay and got locked in the restaurant and the cops were called. First of all, bravo to the management for backing up your staff. Secondly, bravo to the cops for making them pay it.
I don't know how many times I have to tell people this. Waitstaff do not make a liveable wage. Here in Massachusetts we make $2.68 an hour. Oh and that is after the raise we just got, it was $2.63 an hour until a few weeks ago. We survive on tips. Also we do not pocket all that we are given. We have to tip out bussers, bartenders, food runners and whoever else the company you work for decides you need to.
I have heard people say that they shouldn't have to pay the wages of the restaurants. Ok so you want us to get a regular wage? For starters, enjoy watching the price of the food you eat skyrocket. Restaurants keep prices lower by not having to pay the staff as much. Second, get used to crappy service. Do you people really think that servers would take some of the crap you expect of us and get minimum wage for it. Nope, not gonna happen. You are going to end up being served by idiots that constantly screw up your order and are rude to you because the restaurants won't be able to get anybody else to do it.
Other people say that it shouldn't be automatic to add on a tip for large parties. Let me try to make this clear. As servers we get only a few tables in our section. Usually four of five tables. If you bring in ten people chances are you just took up three of my tables. If you screw me on my tip it screws up my whole shift. It means I am basically working for my $2.68 and hour and nothing else. Then after taxes are taken out of that I usually end up having paid out of my own pocket to wait on you. Is that fair? I don't think so.
The people in this story are claiming that they had bad service. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. It does happen but not as often as people like this claim. I am thinking it is more likely that they are just cheap. They knew the rules when they came in and looked at the menu. If they didn't it was their own fault for not paying more attention. If they didn't want to tip they should have gone to McDonald's.
Needless to say, this story really got under my skin. Sorry about the ranting, and sorry about my absence, but I must say, I feel better now.