Every time you go to a restaurant, you should expect to pay a tip. While some restaurants are doing away with the custom by paying their employees a livable wage, right now tipping is part of American culture. Waiters and waitresses expect their tables to leave anywhere from 15-20% for their good service and they rely on this money for a stable source of income.
While sometimes the server might be terrible, if you’re not going to leave a tip at all, you should have a pretty compelling reason for stiffing your waiter or waitress.
Single mother Taylar Cordova takes her job as server seriously. She wants to work hard at the local restaurant and earn her keep.
Because her hourly wage is pennies, she relies on tips to live and feed her kid. Without these tips she so heavily counts on, she cannot guarantee that she can make her bills every month or put clothes on her kid’s back and food in his mouth.
In order to stay strong for her kid, she refuses to let the small stuff bring her down. But when one table rang up a bill of $187.43 and left absolutely no tip, she was left no other choice but to speak out. She couldn’t stay silent on this one!
Taylor snapped a picture of the disrespectful receipt and shared her story about it on Facebook.
Her message didn’t just stop with her friends and family. It was shared more than 15,000 times and reached a wide audience. And everyone supported her. It quickly went viral because of the outrageousness and audacity these diners had to leave a $0 tip. Very few commenters on Facebook disagreed with the waitress; almost everyone was on her side.
“Don’t even bother walking into a restaurant if you can’t afford to tip. There’s a McDonald’s down the street if you’re that cheap,” she wrote.
Her message was powerful and many people understood how she needs tips to feed her family. Keep this in mind the next time you are dining at a restaurant and experience excellent service. Remember that many people in the service industry rely on tips to make ends meet.