I know, I know, didn’t I just lecture you guys about this? Well, no, actually, it’s been a couple of years, and someone who found that old post on tipping, sent me a link to a graphic that explains tipping: why you should do it, when you should do it, and how you should do it. Nichole, who’s part of the design team, asked me if I’d be willing to share it. So, I looked at it and I think it’s informative and useful. It includes a tip calculator, and a list of situations where you should or shouldn’t tip. And there are situations where you don’t need to. Please, please, please go check out the graphic and use the tip calculator.
Seriously, as I’ve said before, people who get tips count on those to survive. In many places, serving staff are paid a smaller minimum wage than the standard minimum wage, because the federal government and employers assume tips will make up the difference. And sometimes they do, but sometimes they don’t. And if they don’t, you’re screwed.
So please, before you go to cons check out the tipping graphic, and learn it, live it, love it. The people who are waiting on you work their asses off, whether or not you realize it. Particularly at the restaurants in and around the hotels where conventions take place. Those places spend those entire weekends swamped. Frequently management doesn’t schedule extra help, which I may add, is not the fault of the overworked servers who may be getting short tempered after long hours of constant “go go go!” And if people are tipping like shit, regardless of how good the service is, that wears on servers like whoa. And I hate to tell you this, geeks, but we have a bad rep for tipping shitty.
And I get that many of you have never worked service industry. You don’t know how exhausting it is to be on your feet for hours at a time, not getting breaks because no one ever schedules enough staff, and having to be nice to people who treat you like furniture. I personally think that everyone should have to work at least six months of service industry so they know what it’s like.
So, yes, go check out the graphic, and treat your servers well. Thank you.
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