Thursday, February 03, 2005

Dear Readers

Since the article in the NY Times I’ve been inundated with email and comments. I will answer all your emails and questions as soon as I can. I’m working a bunch of doubles at the Bistro so I don’t have time to respond quickly.

I appreciate all the warm words of encouragement and support! Most of your responses have been very complimentary. Of course, there were some comments like “you’re an asshat,” “a miserable human being,” “whiner,” “loser, and “entitled prick.”

“Asshat” is my favorite! Hey you writes the blog you takes the heat.

I appreciate the comments – even the negative ones. If you left an email address with your posting I will respond to you individually.

Just a quick note - I think 15% is the minimum for a tip – not 20%. No, if the waiter is a jerk you don’t have to tip heavy. Just try and remember he or she is a human being too. We all have bad days!

Sorry – in the US waiters are not paid a salary. We depend on tips. Maybe that situation will change one day. I doubt it.

Man did my posting on tipping strike a nerve! It’s obvious it’s a hot button topic that generates a lot of emotion – from waiters and customers. I look forward to reading more of your comments!

I have to run. More stories are coming.

Thanks again for all the kind words everybody! - Waiter

The years I spent working in a restaurant I got paid a tiny salary and tips, which helped. getting paid only tips seems a nightmare compared to that.
hmm. I've been wondering - maybe you would know someone who would know... Tips for a delivery person. Where would that fall in? I never know, because here they are paid around 13/hr... I generally just keep at the 20% usual, but not sure what is 'right.' By the way, I dig your blog and your stories. And while you may be an 'asshat' in life, who knows - it certainly has no affect on the way you write.
Again, well explained. If anybody assumes you're a bad server and spit on you, like you aren't entitled to rant, I'll let them know that you, in fact, express the same mindset of all the REALLY good servers I knew at my restaurant job. Sounds like you're establishment is a leap above mine but still.

Also, asshat should be reserved for close-minded politicos. I apologize on behalf of all the people who make assumptions because they've never been in service.
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