You and Your Server

At some point in your life you are going to have one.  No, I am not talking about a morning where you won’t know the person in your bed.  Yeah, I am talking to you frat boy.  Seriously though, at some point we will all have a server.  Be it a waiter/waitress or a bartender, it is difficult to go through life without encountering them at least once.  Recently I have been witness to a few troubling events and feel the need to address them here.

1) Napoleonic Complex.  You either have no self-esteem or you probably work at a job where people treat you like crap.  So you pounce at the first opportunity to dish out what you have been receiving.  Low and behold, the server.  They can’t slap you, they can’t yell at you (they might be able to spit in your food), they are pretty much at your mercy.  But really?  Really?  Why would you treat the person who is saving you from cooking at home like a piece of crap.  They are doing you a favor.

2) Puff Adder.   For those that don’t know, a puff adder is a snake that puffs up to make it look bigger to predators.  These are guys who, like Napoleons, put others down to make themselves look more important.  Here is the problem, Puff Adders generally do this sort of activity on a date.  Folks, treating your server like a steaming pile of cow feces does not, in fact, impress any dates.  And if it does that person is crazy and you should run away in the opposite direction.  Poor tipping, putting down servers, being a jerk, really don’t reflect well on you when you are on a date.  Don’t do it.

3) Ebeneezer.  There is a difference between being a quick whit and being a Scrooge.  And being a Scrooge carries over to tipping.  Generally if your server does a good job and doesn’t make you wait forever (if you wait and they tell you about the wait, that doesn’t count) should be tipped 18-20% minimum.  If you would give them a B in the serving department 15-18%, C is 12-15%, D is 10-12%, and F is little or no tip.  Follow that guideline you cheapskate.

4) I’m a Regular Because I Come Here All The Time.  This one is tough, but there is a difference between someone who is always at the bar and someone who is a Regular.  A Regular is a good tipper (they take care of their own), has a relationship with the staff (positive relationship), and actually gives a crap about the establishment.  Being the loud drunk who tips poorly doesn’t make you a regular.

Ok, I am off my soap box.

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