It is not uncommon for servers to get undertipped or not tipped at all by their tables, this is due to people being uneducated about the struggles of being a server.
Server DO NOT GET A PAYCHECK. they depend fully on their daily tips.
Servers DO NOT GET ANY BENEFITS, DENTAL, HEALTH EXCT.
The government is expecting everyone to tip their server at least 15%, this is why servers get paid under regular minimum wage in some states this could be as low as $2 an hour. Yet, included gratuity is illegal? does that make any sense? mhmm it doesn’t to me.
When you don’t tip your server, many of you might not know but this means this poor person is paying out of her/his pocket for your meal. For example, lets say your tab was $100 and you decided to be a douche and leave a $0 tip the person who served you now has to tip out the bartender, food runner, and busser out of that sale which means that depending on the restaurants tip out percentage this server now has to be X amount of order for you and your family to go out to eat, which is not only unfair but should be illegal.
Servers work extremely hard and extreme hours, Most work 12+hour shifts, late night and on the weekends. Keeping them from spending Sunday mornings or weekend or holidays with their families. Servers hold their needs to use the bathroom for hours, in order to give your that napkin you desperately need to live. We sometimes do not get a chance to sit down or even eat a meal throughout a whole 10 hour shift. ( sometimes longer) Servers leave restaurants at extremely late hours and then are expected to come in and open at extremely early hours. Being a server is one of the most deteriorating and harsh jobs on your health and this is mostly because of the long hours and lack of rest.
Servers get blamed for all the mistakes in the restaurant and unfortunately people reflect this on their tip which is also not fair. Your food came out overcooked? took too long? or cold ? well guess who’s not cooking your food ? your server!!! THEREFOR she doesn’t deserve the extra attitude or the undertip.
You might not realize but chances are you’re not the only table your server is attending, DO NOT act like you’re the only person in the restaurant. Servers deal with selfish impatient guest everyday, I am sorry that I couldn’t get you your BBQ sauce under 1 minute there’s 10 other tables that asked me for other things before you. I am ONE person, have some consideration.
Although I understand not everyone has the money to tip and it is in fact a difficult topic it’s the right thing to do. Simply eat at home if you don’t have money to properly tip then you simply don’t have money to be eating out.
I hope this was somewhat informative.