Tipping is well deserved
By Emily Espinoza, Staff Writer
When going out to eat with friends or family we often find ourselves caught up in the experience of being served delicious food, but seldom think of those who work hard to give such a positive dining experience. The server is usually held responsible for meeting one’s every need in a timely matter, which is not as easy as it may sound.
Whether it’s grabbing a fifth refill of pop or that extra side of pickles they didn’t charge one for, a good server does the most for their tables and should be compensated as so.
Some are under the impression that it is simply part of the server’s job to wait on customers, and they are right. But, as many know, the common server is paid drastically under minimum wage in order to account for tips; this hourly wage comes out to $3.23 in the state of Michigan. So in reality, servers live off of tips: they account for over 60 percent of their total wage, and paying customers should account for that.
So what exactly is a “good tip?” Well, it depends on the quality of your service. Obviously, a server who does not meet your needs or give an enjoyable dining environment should not be tipped the same as a server who works harder. Any server would be more than content with a 20 percent tip, which is acceptable for quality service; nothing too spectacular but nothing terrible either. Now, if your server goes above and beyond expectations it is extremely necessary to repay them for all the trouble they may have went through, this is also true for someone who is just plain good at their job. Think of it this way: if a computer programmer exceeds expectations by working hard in order to be successful in their field, they oftentimes will receive a raise or bonuses and the same should be true for servers. The difference between the computer programmer and wait staff is the customer is in control of their raise.
Moral of the story, don’t show up to a restaurant unprepared; one shouldn’t go out if they can’t afford the bill, so one shouldn’t go if they can’t afford the service either. When being waited on, customers are not only given a good, which is the food you consume, but also are receiving a service, being the person waiting on the table. Customers alone are responsible for whether or not the server is ultimately making at least minimum wage by the end of their shift, so please respect their profession; your server takes good care of you, as you should for your server.