In America, tipping is part of the restaurant experience.
Since I used to work in the service industry, I’m a notorious over-tipper, but for people from other countries, people who didn’t grow up eating out, or teens just trying to learn the rules, tipping can be a confusing process. Just how much do you leave, and what’s it based on?
The standard rule is 15-20 percent of the pre-tax bill. One waiter was recently surprised when he was just left a small fraction of that after a pleasant experience with four teens. What he couldn’t have anticipated what came soon after.
The waiter posted online that it was “frustrating” to be thanked profusely and then only given a $3.28 tip on a large bill where he served four teenagers.
That said, he’s been serving a long time, and nothing had ever happened like the day a week and a half later when one of the teens brought a note into the restaurant.
The note was deeply apologetic and left him $18 and some change. He posted it online to thank the teens for educating themselves and making the effort.