Good Tipping Etiquette
Imagine going  to a local restaurant/bar to unwind after a hard day at work. You don’t expect much -  just your meal on time, utensils and a decent attitude. That isn’t too much to ask for right? Well at one restaurant in Pennsylvania you are asking for too much. And if you don’t pay the tip… you get ARRESTED??!!

That’s what happened to Pope and John Wagner who were hauled away by police and charged with theft for not paying the mandatory 18 % tip – totaling $16 after eating at  —— (Yeah, I am not in the business of putting names of business out there. We all have to make a living).

Pope claims that her group  had to wait an hour for their order and get napkins and silverware for the table herself.  “At this point I became very annoyed because I had already gone up to the bar myself to have my soda refilled because the waitress never came back,” Pope said.  After the $73 bill came, the group paid for food, drinks, and tax but refused to pay the tip. After explaining the bad service to the bartender in charge, Pope claimed he took their money and called police. The couple was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car.

Can you really be arrested for not tipping you server? Ummm… Maybe

Since the tip was part of the actual bill, it is considered refusing to pay for service  which is illegal. I might add that the owner claims he offered to comp the dinner, an action that the Popes deny. My two cents on this? If they really offered to comp the dinner, I don’t see them turning right around and calling the police on them for not tipping. Hmmm I don’t know just common sense.

To Tip or Not to Tip… That is the Question

This story really got me thinking and I realize that I am annoyed. Are they serious? Why the heck would anyone pay for bad service?? I mean if I wasn’t doing the job you hired me for… I would be fired or at the very least reprimanded – as with most jobs in this country.

So I decided to do a little research on tipping etiquette:

Tipping when you’ve had bad service:
If you get bad service, talk to the manager. The manager cannot correct the situation if he doesn’t know about it. Skipping the tip will not accomplish anything. Well in this case you accomplish getting a criminal record.

Tipping when you’re the one paying:
If you are buying the meal and someone offers to get the tip, tell them they can buy next time, and you pay the whole thing.

Tipping for double time:
If you hold a table for 2 serving periods, make sure that you tip double. In other words, if you spend enough time at a table that a waiter could have typically gotten 2 parties seated and served, then compensate him for his time by tipping him twice.


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