Is it Ever Okay Not to Tip?
But is there ever a time when we shouldn't leave anything at all?
According to the Consumerist, "there is almost no correlation between tips and good service, but surveys show that Americans relish the power to tip because we falsely believe it provides an incentive to provide good service."
Rudeness? Not receiving food? Inattentiveness? I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs whether they thought it was ever acceptable not to leave a tip. Here's what they had to say. What do you think?
If you're going to stiff the server on a tip, always tell the manager what went wrong. Otherwise, no one is going to learn any lessons. No server has ever gotten a poor tip and thought, "I wonder what I did wrong?" or "How could I have made their experience better?" Instead they typically think, "Wow, what a cheap table." So turn it into an opportunity for a server, chef, or manager to learn.
Yes. It's a job. And if the job wasn't done correctly then the pay should reflect it. It's not a given and should be treated as such.
Not really, but I have been known to give 10 percent if someone really sucks. I never penalize the server for bad food.
Only in extreme circumstances. Sometimes the servers do no not necessarily share the same dynamic the chef has in preparing the food.