We went out to eat Monday night for Mother's Day. My mil a has favorite seafood restaurant that her and her friends eat at on a regular bases. So it was me, her, her mom, and her best friend. At the end of the meal she pulled out her new cell phone and said her phone had a feature on it to help calculate the tip. I looked at the check and told that the tip should be 20%. She said oh and pulled it up on her phone and it calculated 20%. She then replied that she did not know she was suppose to leave that much. I told her nicely to leave 15%, but she left 10%. Her friend left less. I did not bring any money or cards with me to make up the difference and if I would have known the tip would have been an issue I would have decreetly given the server more money or not have went to dinner. We ate $140 and the server only received $12. I am a past server and people should not go out to eat if they can't tip accordingly. I did not know how to tell her that in a nice way. I told my husband and he said not to worry about it, but it really bothers me that she thought it was ok to leave what she left. How can I nicely explain to her that servers make 2.13 an hour and pay taxes on all there food sales. When you don't leave at least 15% you are making them work for free. Plus servers don't keep all there tips they also tip out on their sales. Should I talk to her or just leave it alone?
on May. 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM