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There are plenty of articles and comment threads about tipping (or not), and I’m not going to get into that here, but let me just put in my two cents really quick before we get to the main portion of this post: in the United States, you should always tip at least 15% because a server’s tip is calculated into their income. That means if you don’t tip, they could be working for less than minimum wage, and that is a no go! Now that that’s out of the way…
May 21st is National Waiters and Waitresses Day! (In the United Kingdom, it’s sometime in September this year, so check this site for updates on that.) From our friends across the pond:
This will be a day to celebrate all front of house staff and inspire people about careers in the Hospitality industry.
The day aims to change the perception of Front of House and Service as an unskilled job working long hours to one of a job that offers good skills, lead to a rewarding career with good progression routes and amazing rewards.
It will be a day of celebration of the excellence, dedication, hard work and discipline of [everyone] working in the Hospitality industry…
As someone who has worked in the food service industry for almost four years now, I can attest to the fact that a good tip and a few good words can go a long way. Most people only ask to see the manager when something is unsatisfactory in the service they received or the food that was prepared for them, so on May 21st, make a point to tell the manager of your favorite restaurant something good about your experience. Vonda J. Sines has some suggestions for complimenting your server: “friendly interaction during the entire meal, unobtrusive menu suggestions [on the server’s part], prompt payment processing, remembering everyone’s order, and even looking neat and clean.”