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|Posted on Sunday, March 06, 2005 - 02:11 am: |
First, I do think that 20% is the new norm for tipping. I'm generally disappointed when i get 15%.
However, I'll comment on the black vs. white thing by saying that I'm elated when I even get 15% from most black tables. I do think it depends on where in the country you live. I work in Raleigh, NC.
Yesterday and today, I actually kept track of my tips and how much the bill was, and divided them into white and black tables. Yesterday, the white tables averaged 19.6% while the black tables averaged 11.8%. Tonight was even worse: the white tables averaged 19.0% and the black tables averaged 9.5%!!!! Yes, that's right, under 10%. I got nothing on a $23 bill, and also had some lady write in an 80cent tip on her credit card receipt for a $41.20 bill.
Call it a generalization, stereotype, racism, whatever you want. But there is no debate that black people tip less than white people on average.
As far as expecting a tip, yes, servers do expect tips. It's how we pay our bills. Sometimes I just wish that another business was like the restaurant business. The next time I go to the doctor, I want to be able to say "thank you so much for curing me. Everything was fantastic...But i'm not paying you anything".
I don't know whether it's ignorance or just being ghetto-fabulous, but I look forward to giving my 2 weeks for the last time in a restaurant and being able to tell every last table what i think of them.