I'm a server at a casual restaurant. Last night, my coworker had a party of 12 and one of the girls didn't tip on her check of $25. On the girl's way out, my coworker stopped her and pointedly asked "was everything okay for you tonight?" The girl answered no, and my coworker said "okay, just checking!"
Our manager told her not to do it and that she could be fired if the girl called back and complained. But my coworker did it anyway and said "it's just so satisfying! If she's embarrassed about it, she shouldn't have stiffed me."
BUT, to those of you who are saying "tipping is optional," ... in the US, no it's not. Not tipping a server, unless the service was awful, is incredibly rude. If you habitually don't tip when you go out, then stop going out to eat and expecting the staff to wait on you for free. Order something to go if you must.
Most Helpful Guy
Here in Europe, I would find it very rude of a waiter or waitress to ask me why I didn't tip. In America on the hand, where service staff members are paid so lousily that they basically have to live off their tips and even then can barely make ends meet, I find it completely understandable and justified that your coworker asked.
I also find it crazy that she could get fired for something like this. Here in Europe, the way your boss would react if the girl actually called back to complain would be to either laugh at her on the phone or to be friendly and pretend to listen to her, only to hang up afterwards and say to his employees "you won't believe what kind of idiot just called here".5
Most Helpful Girl
Yes, kind of. But I can see where they're coming from. Tips make up most of, if not all of their wage. It's just common sense to tip. They need their pay.1