Most restaurant servers hate working on Sundays.
Why? It’s simple. It is one of the busiest days of the week combined with the lowest-tipping crowd of the week. Given the day, the times, and the dress of the crowd, it is safe for servers to assume the obvious. Christians are the worst tippers. This may not be true, but to the server, the facts speak for themselves. There’s a restaurant full of church-going people who do not feel like their service was worth a decent tip.
There’s the whole issue of whether or not the service was decent. It is commonly believed that a tip is a gift that you, the customer, give as a reflection of your gratitude to the server for going the extra mile for you. Or the extra few steps to get you that barbecue sauce you asked for.
But before you decide to reflect your feelings for the server via the tip, there are few things you ought to know.
- The IRS assumes that tips will be more than 8%, and taxes servers accordingly. Read the details at: http://www.tip20.com/tips-taxes/25
- Most servers only make minimum wage, even though their work load is worth more than that, because it is assumed that they will make more through tips.
- Servers have multiple tables. For example, at Olive Garden, a server will, on average, have three tables to serve. This may not sound like much, but when you consider that the most common dish is the all-you-can-eat soup and salad, the servers spend most of the their time literally running back and forth between those three tables and the kitchen. That’s a lot of soup. However, at Red Robin, each server has an average of five tables. That’s a bit more. Consider that each table is set for at least four people. Four multiplied by five equals twenty. That’s twenty drinks to refill, twenty dishes to be served, etc, etc. Check out the following link to read about a server’s typical night: http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/07/served-can-i-go-home-now.html.
- A common serving rule, is that the server must check in with each table after the first bite of food has been eaten. Do the math. Again. You get the picture.
What does your “tipping” says about Jesus? What if you looked at the tip as a way to bless the server, to make their day better, instead of a way to communicate how well they preformed for you?
I’ll expound on this topic further, including some links to help you better understand the serving world and rules for tipping. But for now, let me finish up with mentioning one of my favorite lunch spots. It’s a little gem of a place, located off highway 99 between the Rogue Valley Mall and Central Point, where the atmosphere, food, and service is great, all the time. If you haven’t already met, it’s time to get introduced to Jasper’s
Jasper’s specializes in burgers, but serves a variety of other foods. Everything is made to order and can be paired with your choice of regular or sweet potato fries. My husband and I enjoy a burger called the “King Julienne.” You wont see it on the menu, but if Matt is in the back cooking, he’ll know just what you’re talking about. Happy hour comes to Jasper’s every afternoon from 3-5pm, and all combo meals are just $5. Check it out. See for yourself what all the fuss is about: http://www.jasperscafe.com/