Tipping all Foodies
HuffPost hosted this article by Ed and Deb Shapiro about how waitresses deal with rude people (and how the rest of us deal with them too). What it brought up for me was the fact that I know a lot of people who consider themselves foodies who tend to treat waitresses like debt bondage workers or like the pimple on their lover’s back (you know, to poke and poke and pinch and poke some more until something awful squirts out), rather than as the person who is working her/his fucking ass off for a low wage job.
I’m mortified when people treat waitstaff in a less than respectful way. I think I might be extra sensitive to it because one of my family members once made a waitress cry and almost got us kicked out of the restaurant. That’s not to say that there aren’t bad waiters and tricky situations that arise from bad service or kitchen mishaps. But really I try my utmost to show my appreciation to waitstaff and I try not to be a pain in the ass.
But what about all you ESers? Are there some rules of thumb we should all follow?
1. Should you get chatty with a chatty waiter?
2. How demanding can you be of a waiter during lunch rush or the dinner hour?
3. Is it okay to send dishes back? If so, when?
4. Is it okay to tip less than 10% for poor service?
5. What kind of patron behavior mortifies you?
(Photo: El Mundo del Cappytan)