UPDATE: Clarifying that this happened in Canada, NOT the US for those implying that it did.
I dined in at a local Chinese restaurant with a friend. Great food, but almost no interactions were made with any of the waitresses other than being given the food, as you had to reserve your table position online in advance, as well as place your order online once finally seated (due to COVID safety measures).
The bill came out to be just about $30, and I tipped just a little above 15%, giving $5. Our waitress took the bill from our table, paid for in cash, and as we were readying to get up and leave, she returned with the $5 bill we left to cover the tip and in a passive aggressive tone saying, "Was something wrong with the food? Where's the rest of the tip?".
I didn't appreciate that we were even approached at all, and I was shocked and confused that an interaction as such even happened, as I recall it being the very first time I was confronted for not tipping enough, as my usual 15% tip suffices in past restaurant experiences.
In an act of frustration, I took back the $5 I left as a tip from the bill and walked out of the restaurant with my friend without saying a word, despite the waitress trying to get our attention as we walked away.
In the moment, we both agreed that it was an insane thing for the waitress to do, acting as if we didn't tip at all. The waitress that had confronted us had been someone we had close to almost no contact with the entire time, as she had only been to our table once to give our food, as I had stated above.
But reflecting on it, we were wondering what should've been done in that situation. Ignore her request to tip more and leave the $5 bill as it was or give a larger tip as she asked just to get the situation over with?
I'd love to hear more opinions, and if a situation like this has ever happened to you. AITA for taking back my tip?
TL;DR: I was confronted by a waitress who returned to me with the tip I had already gave, complaining that it was not enough. As a reaction to the situation, I frustratingly took back the $5 bill and walked out without saying a word.
EDIT: A few people have pointed out the fact that because I pointed out that "I had almost no interactions with the waitress", I come off as "entitled", making it seem like the minimal contact with the waitress was a factor in taking back my tip. Some have also implied that I come off as "entitled" because I wanted a waiter/waitress to come by ever... keep reading on reddit ➡
“Because she has no taste.”
This was B.C.(before covid) My family and I were at a breakfast restaurant and it was fairly busy. At one point I get up to go to the restroom and at the same moment, 3 tables try to get my attention. Two put their hands up and another Karen snaps at me. In their defense I was the only person standing in the whole dining room. I could see the waitresses talking by the coffee machine. I look up and down myself for a name tag or a work outfit and look back at all of them and say, "... I don't work here".
What do u think?
My wife, her brother and I were at a diner style restaurant. While looking at the menu, I considered getting a patty melt, but decided to get something else. My BIL did order the patty melt. That's why it stuck in my head, because I almost ordered it too.
When the waitress returned with our order, she placed the patty melt in front of my BIL and he complained it wasn't what he ordered. The waitress looked at her order pad and confirmed that he ordered a patty melt. My BIL started getting angry and the waitress got really wide eyed and anxious, apologizing and offering to take it back and fix the mistake.
Except it wasn't a mistake. He got exactly what he ordered. So I interrupted and reassured the waitress that she did not make a mistake. I turned to my BIL and told him he in fact ordered the patty melt. Now, the question is if he wants something different, he'd have to order again, but we weren't going to make the waitress take it back. My BIL grudgingly accepted the patty melt.
After the waitress left, he got angry at me for interfering. He asked if I always paid so much attention to what other people ordered and accused me of being nosy. My wife took his side and said I should have stayed out of it.
It turned out he had thought he ordered what was on the picture to the right of the patty melt entry on the menu, but the picture was of a Super Burger that had its entry was below the picture. Also the picture was clearly labeled Super Burger. He didn't read carefully.
The best I can figure is that my BIL got mad because I caused him to lose face in front of a stranger/ waitress. My whole POV is that I knew the facts, and the truth was the waitress hadn't made a mistake and I didn't think she needed to apologize for a mistake that wasn't hers.
AITA for siding with the waitress when my BIL made the mistake?
I couldn’t connect to the server
Please for the love of lord jeezoos Christ authors, I beg, stop doing this. I hate it sooooooo verrryyy much. I don’t need this information shoved down my throat. Some descriptions don’t need to be known about characters. But if you are gonna divulge info about characters do it NATURALLY. Maybe in a CoNvErSaTiOn with another character so I don’t wanna cringe.
Edit: thanks for all the upvotes guys hehe. This flaming passion came from reading page 17 of Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino which basically did the thing I hate.
This happened a few days ago. Restaurants can operate at 50%. From what I noticed, people are leaning towards delivery and aren't eating out much.
I finished work and was about to go home. My roommate texted me that the stove wasn't working and there was nothing to eat. I was already tired+hungry and I have to cycle for another 30 mins to reach home. There is a burger place near my apartment. Nothing too fancy but it isn't McD either. I called and placed an order (4 burgers. 2 fries. 2 drinks). They asked me whether I wanted to pick it up or have or delivered.
The restaurant is only a 15 mins detour from my usual path. So, I told them that I would pick it up. I tip delivery drivers, so I thought I would save the money. I am a college student working as a desk clerk in a hotel. I am not broke my any means but I do try not to waste money.
By the time I reached the restaurant, my order was ready. I paid the money in the counter and they directed me somewhere else to collect. There was a waitress in the counter. She had the order in her hand, but didn't give it to me. She mentioned that since the pandemic started the restaurant has been encouraging tips for takeouts.
I was surprised and I took out my wallet and asked her if 10 percent was okay. She told me that standard is 25%.
I was shocked and she could also see it in my face. She started telling me that "It's a pandemic. Do you know how much servers are affected? You know that servers live on tips, don't you? You are young but that's no excuse to be so selfish".
At this point, I am feeling like she is being unnecessarily condescending towards me.
So I told her a little curtly, "The pandemic has affected everyone, not just you. The only difference between me and you is that I don't expect people to give me money when I haven't actually worked for it. Can you please hand me my order?"
She scoffed, rolled her eyes and then handed me the order. I left without leaving a tip.
Now, I genuinely don't know whether I was in the right or wrong. I mostly tip 20-25% when I eat out. I have tipped less than 10% very few times, but that was always only in case of extremely bad service. I tip 20% to delivery drivers, 25% if weather is bad.
I generally don't tip on take out orders or for counter services. I haven't actually gotten any take out since before the pandemic started (safety reasons and I was being frugal in case I got fired). So, I am not sure if the rules have changed since then and I am just un... keep reading on reddit ➡
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