By Trey Rusk
I travel quite a bit. Subsequently I tip frequently. If I receive poor service from a food server, I usually tip 10%. For good service, I tip 20%. For outstanding service, I will tip 30% not including the tax.
I tip because I know servers depend on tips because servers don't make minimum wage.
It is hard work, but a good server can make a lot of money.
I am becoming annoyed with some places that ask you how much you want to tip. A prime example is some fast food joints are asking for tips for the food preparer. I know the food preparer in a fast food place is making at least minimum wage and probably a bit more. They are not serving me at my table or bringing me my drink. I must do this myself. Yet, when I pick up my food at the counter and pay with a credit card the machine will ask me how much I want to tip. I don't tip anything. Zero, zip, nada. People working behind a counter making sandwiches are not servers. They don't come by when I'm eating and bring me a napkin or refresh my drink.
I sometimes eat at a buffet. If I'm asking a cook to prepare an omelet, I will usually place a dollar in a bowl placed on the counter seeded with a couple of dollar bills. Even though I put the food on my plate and get my own drink, I will usually tip the person who comes by with napkins and checks to see if I need anything such as a condiment.
I tip Taxi drivers, bellmen, and bartenders. I tip casino waitresses well, because I like good service often.
I recently traveled to Las Vegas and walked through a food court where you order at a counter, take a number and wait to be called for a slice of pizza or something similar. I saw a fucking tip jar next to each location's cash register. Once again they are food preparers not servers. I took my slice of pizza to what I consider a dirty table in the food court and nobody checked on me while I ate.
I'm fully prepared to tip for a service. The next thing I expect to find will be a tip jar at the bank teller's window or the utility company.
Come on folks, stop this nonsense!