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SOAPBOX: TO TIP OR NOT TO TIP, THAT IS NEVER A QUESTION

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I’ve greeted you with a Oscar worthy smile, pretended not to notice when you consistently ask for items that are not on the menu, scribbled down every slight modification as you insist you’re allergic to anything with butter, and even entertained your, “We’ll take the check” hand mime as if I would never conceptualize the meaning of a head nod. And, after all of this, I even manage a pleasing salutation upon receiving your pithy excuse for a tip, as if I really do live for complaints about menu prices.

Well folks, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

No one who serves does so in order to fulfill some life long dream. At least, not one that involves schlepping around your overpriced food and feeding your self-righteous ego just to get paid $2.63/hour in the hopes that you’ll be kind enough to leave a decent tip.

Normally, my peevishness is kept to a dull roar, but after reading about an Applebee’s employee being fired for posting a photo of a customer’s zero dollar tip—accompanied by the note “I give God 10% Why do you get 18?”—

I can’t fake smile anymore.

I wish I could say the story stunned me. It didn’t.

I’ll continue to bear the burden of your inconsiderate blather while beaming at each bizarre request. All I ask is that you hold up your 20 percent end of the bargain.

About SARAH FLYNN

Sarah Flynn was born and raised in the quiet village of Northford, CT, but has plans to take the world by storm. She puts the lime in the coconut.
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4 Responses to SOAPBOX: TO TIP OR NOT TO TIP, THAT IS NEVER A QUESTION

  1. Chris Chris says:

    Reeks of entitlement. Why not look at how you could be to blame for the fact that you have to fake smile to make money? Or for the life decisions that have led you to be in the position where 1) your ability to feed yourself is at the whim of the these people who you feel are so stupid and 2) when things don’t go
    your way at work, your response is to complain on the Internet?

  2. Sean Brody Sean Brody says:

    So I’m paying 20% for you to conceal your, erm, barely-concealed contempt for me?
    Fair enough, I guess.
    Really sorry about the inconsiderate blather and self-righteous ego things.
    I’m working on them. Promise.

  3. Jeff Jeff says:

    To Chris and Sean…. you guys are totally missing the point. Sarah in my estimation is talking about the hopefully small percent who show up and have entitlement issues. The truth is there is a certain dance that plays out anywhere you go…when respect is given both ways all goes well but in the end don’t forget when a server goes all out to take care of you. In a way this article was like a flame that attracts moths…the only negative is that you didn’t get zapped.

  4. Sean Brody Sean Brody says:

    Jeff, I got her point. It was inartfully-made though.

    The piece seems to be addressed to her clientele at large. Ms. Flynn sounds like she hates her job and her customers.
    I’m sure that’s probably not the case :)

    It’s only the internet though. Doesn’t really matter.