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Frustrated Waitress

Natchitoches, LA

#1 Mar 17, 2013
As a waitress I make 2.13 an hour plus tips and when you don't leave a tip after I've gotten you 8 billion refills or cleaned up your nasty food I just want to cry. I hate working as a waitress in this awful city with terrible people who DON'T TIP.
Feel ya

Natchitoches, LA

#2 Mar 17, 2013
I feel your pain, have never waited, but know people with the same complaint. Not blaming here, but is it possible your customers detect your underlying feelings?

Kill 'em with kindness, every customer. You never know which one the big tipper will be. Huffing & puffing and/or eye-rolls, etc. at requests will kill your tips, too.
Food Critic

Shreveport, LA

#3 Mar 17, 2013
I feel sorry for the waitresses here becaue I've seen to many people enjoy their meal, demand numerous refills and get up and walk out w.o tipping. I myself always tip 20 - 25% and sometimes more because I know what the waitress is making and is probably struggling to finish college or struggling to stay off WELFARE. So I am happy to make a decent contribution to someone that serves me versus someone sitting on their butt waiting for their govt. check to come in.
I urge all to tip and tip good. If you can afford to go out and eat then you can afford to tip 20% of your meal and more if your waiter or waitress gives you that little extra attention.
umm not

United States

#4 Mar 17, 2013
Well the reason many people don't tip around here is because most servers (except some at Trail Boss and Lucky Village) suck at waiting on people. They act like it's a personal burden on them to wait on you if you look like you might not have money, but if you're dressed up and look like dollar signs, you might get attentive service. I tip GOOD servers well, but if I have to ask for things numerous times or you give me attitude, then you need to look for a different job. Waiter/waitress means WAITING on people, it's a service industry. If you have problems serving, go work at Walmart.
succesful waitress

United States

#5 Mar 17, 2013
I myself is a waitress and over the years I've pretty much learned that a smile and good adtittude will get ya good tips , even if some customers don't tip still greet them with a smile and kill em with kindness ! all it takes is one person you was not friendly with to tell others about how the service was or how ya treated them and I can assure ya your tips will surely reduce ! The ones that don't tip me is the ones I make sure there drink is Always full ! word of mouth around Natchitoches can make or break ya ! smile at em and give em something to go tell everyone
Well

Natchitoches, LA

#6 Mar 18, 2013
Frustrated Waitress wrote:
As a waitress I make 2.13 an hour plus tips and when you don't leave a tip after I've gotten you 8 billion refills or cleaned up your nasty food I just want to cry. I hate working as a waitress in this awful city with terrible people who DON'T TIP.
You may be employed by an establishment that puts your tips in a jar and forces you to share them with your co-workers. Think about that before you get angry with the patrons, whose continued patronage makes it possible for that restaurant to stay open, and for waitstaff to remain employed.
solution

Baton Rouge, LA

#7 Mar 18, 2013
Find a job at a place with a classier clientele. Sometimes your tips depend more on who frequents your establishment than how good a job you do.
Ex-Waitress

Odessa, TX

#8 Mar 18, 2013
Frustrated Waitress wrote:
As a waitress I make 2.13 an hour plus tips and when you don't leave a tip after I've gotten you 8 billion refills or cleaned up your nasty food I just want to cry. I hate working as a waitress in this awful city with terrible people who DON'T TIP.
I try to tip because i know what it was like. I worked for something like 2.13 an hour bus boys got 2.50 and bartender got 3.00 I think it was, and yet I had to split not the cost of the tips but the percentage of my gross sales for the day with both of them (even if I didn't use the bar). Example: If my tips at end of shift was $100 (which trust me rarely happened) but my gross sales were $1200-1500,$15 went to the bus boy and 22.5 went to the barteneder. Which means I went home with about $60. Yes I was good and yes it's was very hard smiling and being polite to people who treated me worse than they would their own mother I'm sure. but when my paycheck at the end of the week was barely $100 after taxes and the 60 went into the gas and babysitter every day it wasn't worth it. 2.13 and hour is barely 15 for a shift a day. I sympathize really. If you got family to take care of its worse. And regulars who came in every day did not tip every day.
hope

Natchitoches, LA

#9 Mar 18, 2013
if you work well I will tip well,one person had us seated brough us some raw bread in the middle and did;t come back until tip time,question was what happen to you,they said oh I went on break,well tip the went to the peson that did help,and we do tip big just make us happy.Iam not saying don't break but say something don't have me looking for you when tou are needed.
Seriously

Natchitoches, LA

#10 Mar 19, 2013
Well wrote:
<quoted text>
You may be employed by an establishment that puts your tips in a jar and forces you to share them with your co-workers. Think about that before you get angry with the patrons, whose continued patronage makes it possible for that restaurant to stay open, and for waitstaff to remain employed.
Don't you think they would know that? Lol. Idiot
missing mom

United States

#11 Mar 19, 2013
Ex-Waitress wrote:
<quoted text>
I try to tip because i know what it was like. I worked for something like 2.13 an hour bus boys got 2.50 and bartender got 3.00 I think it was, and yet I had to split not the cost of the tips but the percentage of my gross sales for the day with both of them (even if I didn't use the bar). Example: If my tips at end of shift was $100 (which trust me rarely happened) but my gross sales were $1200-1500,$15 went to the bus boy and 22.5 went to the barteneder. Which means I went home with about $60. Yes I was good and yes it's was very hard smiling and being polite to people who treated me worse than they would their own mother I'm sure. but when my paycheck at the end of the week was barely $100 after taxes and the 60 went into the gas and babysitter every day it wasn't worth it. 2.13 and hour is barely 15 for a shift a day. I sympathize really. If you got family to take care of its worse. And regulars who came in every day did not tip every day.
yeh so it was twice as shi88y for yo kid
current waitress

Shreveport, LA

#12 Mar 20, 2013
I am confident that I am a good waitress. I smile all the time and treat my tables very well. I try my hardest to make sure they have what they need. The only times I have problems with my tip (which should be about 18% of the bill) is when it is a group of younger people 16-21 (still in high school or college), black people (AND I'M NOT RACIST), people who expect the unexpected from us waitresses, and people who you cab tell that don't work social areas. People just don't realize what actually goes on behind the scenes. Rude and impatient.
Also if you are the type that is tight with your money, then you don't need to go out to eat, because if you can spend 50 dollars worth of food but you cant leave a resonable tip then you obviously don't need to be spending your money
Well

White Oak, TX

#13 Mar 20, 2013
Seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't you think they would know that? Lol. Idiot
My statement is an example of irony, since you think you out-rank me,
let's call you:

"Illiterate Idiot"

Now: go senselessly attack another poster. That's an order.
Bobbileigh

Natchitoches, LA

#14 Mar 20, 2013
What makes you think you deserve 18% when the standard is 15%?
current waitress wrote:
I am confident that I am a good waitress. I smile all the time and treat my tables very well. I try my hardest to make sure they have what they need. The only times I have problems with my tip (which should be about 18% of the bill) is when it is a group of younger people 16-21 (still in high school or college), black people (AND I'M NOT RACIST), people who expect the unexpected from us waitresses, and people who you cab tell that don't work social areas. People just don't realize what actually goes on behind the scenes. Rude and impatient.
Also if you are the type that is tight with your money, then you don't need to go out to eat, because if you can spend 50 dollars worth of food but you cant leave a resonable tip then you obviously don't need to be spending your money
I thought

Lufkin, TX

#15 Mar 21, 2013
I thought it was 15%for food(norm) 20% for alchol of course that is depending on what kind of service you get. I want to make sure I tip , I can't afford to tip 20% on a fairly high food tab. I tip 15% , however If it is just my daughter and I and the bill is lower I tipat least 20% or even a little more , to try to round it out.
Ex-Waitress

Cedar Park, TX

#16 Mar 23, 2013
In this day and age the norm is anywere between 15%-20% more towards 20% in more upscale places
detective 101

Natchitoches, LA

#17 Mar 24, 2013
For me and my family of 4, Hana, Trail boss, Nickys, Chilies etc etc.....a good meal runs ~$100. I feel its the responsibility of the restraunt to pay ITS workers, not me. I care less about the law of their wages or traditions of service help. When a glass of coke costs as much as two 2 liters from Walmart.....the restraunt needs to share its massive profits with its workers.

That's how the Landing sold for over $2 MILLION
That's how Mamas and Papas sold for $4 MILLION
Ura dummy

Natchitoches, LA

#18 Mar 24, 2013
I guess you belong on the thread "why don't black folks tip?". Now, you'll come back pretending you're white, lol. With your attitude we wouldn't have any dining establishments except fast food. You think you're so smart, quoting sales prices. That's their business. And you're not too damn smart, you can't even spell restaurant. Dummy.
Bobbileigh

Natchitoches, LA

#19 Mar 24, 2013
Ex-Waitress wrote:
In this day and age the norm is anywere between 15%-20% more towards 20% in more upscale places
Says who?!
Bobbileigh

Natchitoches, LA

#20 Mar 24, 2013
detective 101 wrote:
For me and my family of 4, Hana, Trail boss, Nickys, Chilies etc etc.....a good meal runs ~$100. I feel its the responsibility of the restraunt to pay ITS workers, not me. I care less about the law of their wages or traditions of service help. When a glass of coke costs as much as two 2 liters from Walmart.....the restraunt needs to share its massive profits with its workers.
That's how the Landing sold for over $2 MILLION
That's how Mamas and Papas sold for $4 MILLION
Totally agreed!!

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