|03-30-2009, 03:30 PM||#191|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: On break
So true, so true!
|03-30-2009, 03:38 PM||#192|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northern California
|03-30-2009, 03:42 PM||#193|
Full of Love and C-4
Join Date: Aug 2007
Let's I normally start at 15% and goes up and down depending on the service.
|03-30-2009, 03:51 PM||#194|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Monrovia, CA
classic gunslingercbr waiter story number 2.
we had this old POS system to put orders in with. one of its main drawbacks was how it displayed a corkage fee. it would display the corkage fee with everything that was ordered, but wouldn't total it with those amounts because it wasn't taxed. so, under the list of items ordered, which included the corkage fee, was the subtotal (that did not have the displayed corkage fee amount added to it because the sub total is taxed), then the tax, and then another line called "other" (the corkage fee that is now being added in) and then the total.
it is terribly confusing for people who ask what is the "other", and you explain to them that it is the corkage and that the corkage isn't added in above even though it is there. sometimes people believe you, sometimes they think they can add up the amounts in their head (more difficult to do when you are talking about $200-$300 checks with generally 10 items ordered) or they ask for a calculator. generally not a big deal other than the labor of having to explain it and the inconvenience to the customer.
well, one night, a new girl was having trouble with a table that wouldn't believe her and were insistent that it was added twice (quite an accomplishment considering the size of the bill and the wine they drank). the manager was busy, and having enough experience in the matter I decide to help her out. I take the calculator in case it is needed and head over there.
the dipshit is insistent that he is being charged twice, and no amount of reason is working with this guy. so, my last option is the calculator which I offer him. now the guy is berate, and yells at me "I'll take that calculator and stomp it on the ground!" the tables around him are now interested in the events unfolding around them. I don't say anything. the guy isn't done. he yells at me again "Get away from my table!...GET AWAY FROM MY TABLE!"
now I have to say something.
I lean in closer to him, so the other tables can't hear, and tell him so only he and his friends can hear, that I don't know how he is used to talking to people, but if he wants to talk that way to me I can clock out and meet him outside.
now I walk away.
this is towards the end of the night, and my wife (who I met and married while we were there, she was the pastry chef) is at the front with a couple of waiters and I am seething. they are trying to calm me down.
then the table, as they exit, thinks it a good idea to get the final word in, and tell me they know the owner (so do I, and I also had the trump card, in addition to be great at being a server I was married to the pastry chef, he can't do anything to me without risking losing her) and that I better start looking for another job. to which I tell them right back "you better start looking for another restaurant to eat at."
but I'm not done yet, as the door closes behind them I race for it after them. My wife and the other waiters have to hold me back. they ask me what I was going to do, which to this day I don't know. it wouldn't have been violent, but it may have been very funny.
they never came back. I'm assuming they went home, and with the help of a calculator realized that they had made asses of themselves over a shitty bottle of Ravens Wood they should have been embarrassed to bring into a restaurant the caliber of the one I worked at to begin with.
but until the day I left, "I'll take that calculator and stomp it on the ground!" was never forgotten and got a laugh. on top of everyone always wanting to know what I was going to do as I raced for the door after them.
|03-30-2009, 04:04 PM||#195|
Join Date: Aug 2008
If you visit a particular restaurant or bar frequently, tip well. In my experience it leads to free stuff.
|03-30-2009, 04:20 PM||#196|
So much drama 'n the LBCs
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
I had a night as a customer that I was a pretty big pain in the ass, but it was due to a mix of the waitress's incompetence, and my cheap friends.
I mentioned it earlier. It was this awesome Mexican place in SF, in the Mission, and unfortunately we'll never go back. It was me and my girlfriend, 1 sensible friend who was drunk (and sadly thus a moron), and 4 other idiot friends.
It wasn't a cheap restaurant, but not expensive either. It was a nice, niche place with great food. We ordered our meals, and I ordered several pitchers of sangria for the table, despite being the driver and not drinking but one glass. On top of that, one of my other friends orders appetizers "for the table" and at the end of the meal, my friends expected me to pay for my "pitchers that I forced everyone to drink" (which was my intent in the first place, as host) and yet that friend expected the appetizers to be split evenly amongst everyone. Despite the fact that I ate no godforsaken appetizers or drank much of my own sangria.
The bill is $200, pre-tip. 7 people. My girlfriend and I were on my bill, everyone else ate individually. Put the sangria on my tab, along with our two entrees, $50-70, max.
Not to mention everyone else had drinks of their own. Well, the restaurant put everything on one bill, despite not mentioning that they didn't split bills the first go 'round, and don't itemize it either. There's a "food" subtotal and "drinks" subtotal that tally up with the tax for the grand subtotal, but no itemized listings of who-ate-what, or what-cost-what.
Also, Surprise!!! None of my friends have cash on them to cover their percentage of the cost. Not to mention that they expected to pay less than the cost of their entree alone, not adding in tax, tip, appetizers or drinks.
Between FIVE people, they handed me $50 cash, and I said, "so you'll pay me back later? Or what?" No, they were even, they said.
With entrees being $15-20 at the cheapest, their public school system obviously failed them.
So then, obviously not getting any help from my friends, I asked the waitress to kindly split the bill and itemize it (we were the only table left, and it was an hour before closing time), and she said she could do it, but it would take a few minutes. 30 minutes later, she comes back and says she can't do it, but she can charge separate cards whatever amount we'd like. "Put our food (me and my girl) on mine, I'll pay the gratuity for the group, and I've got the sangria".
I get my bill back, post charging, and what is it?
$150.00. PRE-TIP. So that means in addition, I owe the tip on top of that, and my friends argue that I already said I'd cover their tip... They're not budging. My friends are actually laughing at this point, some at my situation, some at their own drunken conversations, and I think, you know what, I want to get out of here. I try to sign the bill, and the pen doesn't work. I ask the waitress to come back, she acts as if I asked her to pull a baby from her loins, sighs, and brings me another pen that won't work.
At this point, I threw the goddamn pen ACROSS the empty restaurant, went up to the bar and took the pen holder, and tested FOUR FUCKING PENS before I found one that would write, I signed the tab, threw it at the waitress, and stormed out.
And my friends had the gall to treat me like the prick. So I showed my ass, I paid $175 to do it. She got 15%, and that crowd isn't invited back, and despite not being welcomed back at the restaurant, I don't want to ever go back.
Last edited by Mandingo Rex; 03-30-2009 at 04:22 PM..
|03-30-2009, 04:23 PM||#197|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Central SD
I got tired of reading, so this may have been posted before.
Why tip someone for a job I'm capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because... I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.
Gunzlingr's BST Thread: http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-i-jo...ml#post1742979
|03-30-2009, 04:38 PM||#198|
Join Date: Sep 2008
the size of tip i leave depends on how good looking the waitress is(i know thats bad but its the truth) and if its a guy,i tip good depending on how fast he is on the refills and not being over baring. sometimes a waitor/waitress can come around and ask if everything is ok afew to many times and i absolutely hate the one's that think they're stand up comics or somthing,trying to be funny and entertaining. just take my order correct,bring my food,stay on top of the refills and wait for me to wave you over if i need somthing else, or,be a hot chick and i'll tip you nicely. i dont need all the extra theatrics or you to walk by asking is everything allright every 5 minutes.
|03-30-2009, 04:56 PM||#199|
The Chaos Bringer
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Skid Row Yo!!!
Any good server worth their salt should be able to "read" a table and know if they're there for a quick night out with who ever they're with or if they're out to make conversation with the waiter. If a table is in the mood to talk I usually can gauge that and I'll occasionally crack wise to loosen them up, but on a busy Friday and Saturday night I don't have time for a ten minute conversation with each of my tables. It's why I sometimes prefer serving over bar tending. If you bar tend you are trapped there and are forced to make conversation even though you may not be in the mood. Actors make good servers because it really is very theatrical at times. I love to meet new interesting people but sometimes I just don't want to be there. I never allow my service suffer do to that, but my mood is often hard to hide. It's really f'ed up but I find I get better tips when I'm less friendly sometimes. Maybe Space knows why that is. I always just write it off to that Eurythmics song. What is it "Some of us want to be abused?' Sweet dreams are made of these?
|03-30-2009, 04:57 PM||#200|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Knox TN
I dont bring out a tip calculator (I hate those jerks and the ones with the tip cards) If its over $50 thats a $10 tip.....if my meal is free in anyway I give them WHAT I WAS GOING TO SPEND......
Last edited by spacemonkeymafia; 03-30-2009 at 05:02 PM..
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