Tipping is a unique thing. My mother comes to Atlanta and when we go out to eat she says, "how much should I tip?" I look at her curiously. This isn't the first time she's been out to eat is it? Is she trying to make sure I don't feel embarrassed? Tipping is a way of showing gratitude for services preformed. It is true most servers never see a paycheck and pay all of their bills with your tips. The rest of this blog will offer ideas on how much and whether or not to tip.
Do you have to tip? Absolutely not. Tips are optional and are a way of thanking someone for bringing you extra ranch dressing, remembering to put the butter on the side or just making a great drink.
My mom tips 15% standard. I said to her one day after getting terrible service, "Mom if you tip 15% for good service and 15% for bad service all you have done as ensured the guy who did bad that he / she in fact didn't do so bad, alternatively the guy who did great, he is used to 15 percent at a minimum and thanks you don't respect his ability to remember your drinks, bring your food promptly without making you wait between courses and always fills your water glass before you need it done so. So I said if you need a general rule, 10 for bad and 20+% for good. After all I know she couldn't tip less than 10% as she feels she would be insulting the young, inexperienced server. I both disagree and agree with this mentality, however getting stiffed would help this person learn I would believe.
So when it comes to great service which may include a fun, engaging personality, or anything else above and beyond, yes you should tip, but no it is not required. These people want to make you happy and for that, they should be paid. If Racetrack gave you 10 extra gallons of gas or better yet, upgraded you to premium gas you'd be inclined to do something for them right? There’s a joke that TIPS, or T.I.P.S. actually stands for To Ensure Proper Service.
My name is Derek Behning, I want to pour a beer or cocktail for every person in Atlanta. I have been in love with the hospitality industry since I was 16 in every regard.