it always really bothered me when wait staff ignored me + my friends just because we were young bc we are all really respectful people but the assumption was that we wouldn’t tip
anyway so fast fowards to when i became a waitress and one day this group of scrubbyass kids came in and i had 8 other…
My dad always made the tip part of a meal into a double teachable moment. Growing up, 15% was the standard, so he would show us the check and have us figure the tip in or heads. The second lesson was to always round in the waiter/waitresses favor. They served us and deserved every penny they could get.
I have never worked as a waitress, but I respect them and their work. They have to deal with jerks all day. It is my express purpose to be the person that made their job easier for them for a while.
And I never eat at a place where a tip is given, unless I have enough to cover a generous tip as well. If I can’t afford the tip, I can’t afford the food.