Wondering if you’re going to get a good tip? You can pretty much eliminate all the guesswork by observing the actions of the guests at your table. Unlike what your managers try to tell you with their little motivational pre-shift meetings, what you’re tipped isn’t always up to you. If someone at the table did one of the following, your chances of getting a good tip aren’t looking good at all.
- Do you have free refills?
It never fails me. People who ask if refills are free will start drinking like they’re been lost in the desert then will leave a crappy tip.
- Can I order from the kids menu?
Sometimes old people order from the kids menu and it’s honestly because of the portion size. The rest of the people who want to order from the kids menu are either cheap adults or broke teenagers and shouldn’t be in a restaurant in the first place.
- Can I order from the lunch menu?
Pretty much the same rules apply here as with people who want to order from the kids menu.
- Customer requests manager to complain about something, anything in a blatant attempt to get free food.
This usually happens at the tables where they eat more than half their meal then complain that it’s over/under cooked, rancid, etc.
- Pays with a gift card.
This one really blows my mind. Almost every time a table has paid me with a gift card, I’ve received a shitty tip. It seems to me, if I’m basically eating for free, I’m going to give my server some extra bucks. Am I the only one with this logic?
Servers, what are some other telltale signs you’re not going to get a good tip? Share them in the comments below.