Top 10 Restaurant Customer Stereotypes 400w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /> 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />Think you’re not being stereotyped when you walk into a restaurant? Think again. As soon as you step foot in the door, you’re being eyeballed by everyone on the staff.

From the people working the host stand, to the servers who will be waiting on your table, everyone working at the restaurant thinks they have you figured out.

There are a lot of people who look like you. There are a lot of people who act like you. But, just because you look a certain way, does that mean you’re going to act a certain way?

Do you fit one of the following restaurant customer stereotypes?

10. Asian People Are Good Tippers: 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />This one here really seems accurate….depending on what Asian country the Asian diners are from (or their Asian ancestry).

In my experience, Asian-Americans of Chinese decent often tip very well.

The whole Asians sharing food thing is something I had never noticed until a fellow server pointed it out to me. Sure enough, I started noticing how my Asian guests would order several appetizers and entrees at once, then split them all up.

One Asian-American woman, who completely ruins this stereotype, is a “regular” at the restaurant where I work. She owns a nail salon, always orders a nice meal, then leaves a really terrible tip.

9. Groups of Women always Want Separate Checks 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />Personally, I experience this one a lot. Along with their glasses of water with extra lemons, a large group of women, eating together at a restaurant, will undoubtedly require a non-stop showering of attention from their server.

From extra, extra, EXTRA lemons for their waters, to extra dressing, custom cocktails and endless refills, waiting on a group of women can be an absolute pain.

Women can be the absolute most picky people at a restaurant. Age definitely seems to be another deciding factor. Women in their 30’s and 40’s usually seem miserable and will take out their misery on their server.

8. Teenage Girls Will Laugh and Giggle Through The Entire Ordering Process, Bury Themselves in Their Cell Phones, then Leave a Shitty Tip. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />What the hell is so funny? Seriously; Why do teenage girls seem to never stop laughing? Not only that, they will do rude stuff like whisper right in front of you. I absolutely can’t stand waiting on teeny-boppers. They are usually very loud, obnoxious and rude.

Why aren’t parents teaching their children manners? It’s not okay to bury your face in your iPhone while your waiter is trying to take your order.

Teenage girls usually don’t have any money and nothing to do; This means they will order waters, split an appetizer, then leave a terrible tip. What’s more, they’ll sit at the table, far after they’ve finished their meals, basically taking money right out of a server’s pocket.

The only time getting a table of teenage girls is a good thing is when there are enough of them to add gratuity. At the restaurant I work at, this means I need 8 or more of them to sit down.

7. Fat people are thirsty and will need endless refills. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />This one is true almost each and every time. Any time I wait on a really fat person, they will want refill after refill of their beverage. Usually, at least where I work, it’s going to be something very sugary. If I’m not refilling a fat person’s sweet tea, it’s going to be something like strawberry lemonade or coke.

What’s the worst is when a parent is letting their kid get refill after refill or shirley temples or roy rogers. I’m not even sure there’s a way to measure how much sugar is in one of those.

I feel somewhat hypocritical about this one because I’m a thirsty guy and usually order several refills of water when I go out to eat. I don’t feel bad about it, though, because I’m not rude or demanding and I tip well.

If you are wondering why you’re fat, maybe it’s because you are drinking the equivalent of a pound of sugar each time you go out to eat.

6. Doctor’s Don’t Tip Well. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />This is one of the actions of certain people which really baffles the mind. Time and time again, doctor’s will come in, act all high, mighty and entitled, refer to themselves as Dr. so-and-so, then leave a crappy tip.

When I work daytime shifts, I usually wait on a few doctors. For some reason, many of them seem too good or too busy to even listen to me introduce myself. Another observation is how many of them order hot tea. What’s the deal with doctor’s and hot tea? And, why would you want to drink hot tea with ribs or chicken?

Since when does being successful mean you get a pass to treat people you deem not as successful or as hard working as you to be trash? It’s just not right.

5. Young, Black Men Only Pay With Cash. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />Down here in Southern Louisiana, I see this one happen a lot.

A black guy, somewhere in his early 20’s to mid 30’s, will come in with his date for dinner.

At the end of the meal, if the female companion doesn’t pay with her debit or credit card, the black male will pay with cash. It’s always cash.

If the woman pays with plastic, she won’t leave a tip on the receipt. Instead, the black male will leave a cash tip of somewhere around 10%.

Even better, a lot of times, the black guy will hand you a few dollars, shake your hand, and say something along the lines of, “Thanks, my man.”

4. “Rednecks” Don’t Tip. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />Around here (Greater New Orleans, Louisiana), there are two types of “rednecks”. There are the bayou people who speak with the cajun accents, then there are the true rednecks who live in or close to Pearl River, Louisiana/Mississippi; Neither of them tip.

The only difference between waiting on Cajuns and Rednecks is in the way of friendliness and manners. Generally, the cajuns are polite and seem like they have money. The rednecks, on the other hand, are flabbergasted by the prices, don’t offer much in the way of conversation, usually have 4, fat, rowdy kids and will complain to the manager in an attempt to get free food.

The most messed up part about waiting on the Cajun-Rednecks is that they’ll be so friendly, you won’t even see the shitty tip coming. At least when you wait on a table of straight up rednecks, you know you’re gonna get shafted.

3. Old People Don’t Tip. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />While I agree with many people about senior citizens not getting enough respect in this country, I can’t help but cringe when I see them sit down at a table in my section.

I’ll be damned if the majority of elderly people I wait on don’t complain, sit in my section all night, then leave me a crummy tip.

Many of them will complain about everything. Lots of times, they come up with off-the-wall complaints about food they “always” get not being on the menu (it never was), their food being cold and their coffee being cold.

One of the most aggravating things about waiting on old people is how they don’t understand I can’t give them all of my attention for their entire visit.

Most times, they only tip $1-$5, even if the bill is at $50+. I guess they still think it’s the 1950’s or something.

2. Children Will Make A Big Mess. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />I wish I didn’t let this happen, but I get so pissed off when I see parents letting their children make a huge mess in a restaurant. It’s like the parents think it’s okay to let their children throw food all over the ground, crumble crackers, and take all the sweetener packets out the caddy.

What really gets my goat is how these parents act like they don’t see the huge mess on the ground. I won’t deny giving these people dirty looks each time I walk by.

To add insult to injury, not only do these parents leave a huge mess behind, but they usually don’t tip well. Here I am, working hard so you they don’t have to, then they leave me a measly 10% tip. It’s a hard pill to swallow when I know I just spent an hour waiting on some scumbag parents only to be rewarded with $4.00 and baby vomit to clean up.

1. Black People Don’t Tip. 42w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />This is the most popular service industry stereotype of them all, and for good reason.

A lot of people get bent out of shape about this statement. The fact is, if you have worked in the American service industry, and you rely on tips, you know that the worst tippers, as a whole, are African-Americans.

All the other bullshit aside, the worst part about waiting on black people is the fact that there’s a good chance they aren’t going to tip well, if at all. It’s a scientific fact, black people just don’t like tipping. Need proof; How about some scientific to back it up.

Probably the worst part of not getting tipped by black people is how often they complain, need tons of extra attention, can never be pleased, and will do anything to get out of paying full price for their meal.

Hey, at least I only get stiffed by black people sometimes and not beat down by four black women like this poor Red Lobster server did.

Have I left out a restaurant customer stereotype? Use the comment form below to chime in.

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  1. michelle

    These are perfect. Indians never want ice in their drinks and black people use cups of hot water to ‘sanitize’ their silverware. And to those of you defending your self these are called stereotypes its not about every person in that demographic its a generalization.

  2. Chris

    I am a fat guy who doesn’t suck down sugary drinks like a camel. In fact, I usually only have a cup or two of coffee with my meal and add very little sugar to them. I don’t like really sweet drinks as they upset my stomach. To top it off, I tip minimum 25 percent unless the waiter acts like an ass to me.

  3. Chasmosaur

    My Dad’s a doctor. And averages a 25% tip – the service has to outrageously bad to be less than 20%. The last big family dinner we had (at a Ruth’s Chris, table of 10, two kids under 12 and an adult with a gluten allergy), he gave a 45% tip because the server gave us pretty much flawless service and he just rounded way the fuck up. Not all of them are cheap, I assure you.

      • Paul

        Typically on a Sunday morning, there is a dead period, and then out of nowhere a hundred rude, pompous people with bored, agitated children, all dressed so nice try to come through the door at once and don’t understand what’s taking the host so long to sit them when the restaurant fills up completely within five minutes. They have a very judgmental air about them, demand way too much, laugh about the DUMBEST things, invite you to their church, and then tip less than 10%. Especially if there is someone single tagging along with a bunch of couples and they pay for themselves. Their underlying misery really shows in that tip. Sometimes I have a good one here or there, even a preacher who knows how terribly his people tip, who gives me a lot regardless every time he comes in. But never, EVER, give someone an invitation to your church only, and then leave some bullshit pamphlet about Jesus giving the best service and expect me to kindly accept that as a tip. No, I appreciate whatever kind of generosity they expect it to be, but it really comes off as an offensive, judgmental tip that I’m some kind of criminal who has to work in a restaurant because I’m working instead of going to church on a Sunday morning. I’m not, but I’d rather work.

  4. Sue

    You forgot this one, but I am not sure where in the country you are located, so not sure about your international patrons. Canadians/Brits do not tip. They either use the excuse that they disagree with the US waitstaff pay system (so you get the shaft for their moral indignation) or they “didn’t know” the custom (ha).

    The Brits are also very high maintenance, and usually complain that the US/food is different than at home (duh)

    You are so right about Dr.s being crappy tippers. I was a papergirl as a kid and the Dr.s on my route would generally tip a dime. Seriously.

    • Angela

      As a Brit myself I would entirely disagree. If I get good service I tip 15% and upwards, and working as a server myself find the majority of Brits tip at least 10-15%. However, in the U.S some Brits may tip poorly because they are given crappy service as the server assumes they wont tip as they are foreign. I myself have experienced poor service in the U.S and had an automatic gratuity added to my bill which was not stated on the menu.

      • admin

        If there’s gratuity added, I would bet you it was stated somewhere. This is the norm for larger parties and a few other instances.

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