So I went out to dinner tonight with 3 friends, so 4 people total. We ordered a drink and an entree each. The bill was a little less than 50. we each left $3 for tips.
So it it was a $12 tip for a $50 meal. I think that's pretty decent. Well, apparently it wasn't. Our waitress took the bill and the money and then came back and asked for more tip. That has never ever happened to me. I've never had a waitress demand a bigger tip. I mean, a tip isn't a must. This restaurant does not have a mandatory tip requirement for anything.
My friends felt bad and gave another couple of dollars.
We weren't a demanding table. We didn't ask for anything or return our food or acted difficult.
My question is, did we not give enough tip? Have you ever had a waitress ask for more tip? What would you have done in this situation? I'm still a bit baffled by this.
Most Helpful Guy
I'm biased because I've worked in the food industry in Canada where the waitresses make literally 3x what the cooks make. $3 on an entire table is plenty, in my opinion. I generally tip more than that, of course but, if the waitress ever asked for a larger tip, I'd ask for my entire tip to be returned then ask for a manager.
In America, it's a little different because the restaurant business doesn't pay their wait-staff enough and it's left up to the customer to pay them. Still, you paid more than enough. I would have been pissed.1
Most Helpful Girl
I think your server was entirely out of line. Tipping is a reflection on the server's level of service, expertise of the menu, level of personal attention given to the table just to name a few. If your server wants a generous tip then they better fawn all over you and know everyone by name by the end of your meal. One way to ensure a good tip is to comp an item or two off the bill without being asked, typically a kids item or low priced menu item. Also, level of tipping generally is left to the customer, unless it is a large party and it is stated on the menu that the gratuity is included in the price of the entire bill.
Having been a barista where tipping is normal for good service, I am fully aware of what it takes to get great tips. When I tip it is a straight 20% of the net bill (less taxes) . Your bill came to $50 so $10 would have been a generous tip based on what most people tip which is generally 10% or less. You have a right to feel confused about this, because it was just in bad form all the way around.1