Originally Posted by Forster
LOL, this was the first thing that came to mind when I started reading this thread.
About the foreigner thing... yeah I waited on a Canadian family about 25 years ago, they sucked, and yeah I still remember it. Mom, Dad and two little kids made a huge mess, crap on the floor, table and booth was a disaster, pricks left me a Canadian dollar for a tip.
I'm sad to read this, because generally Canadians are great tippers. You're supposed to tip everyone and their dog around here. I tend to tip waiter/esses a little lower (usually about 10% rather than 14% customary here), because they make a decent base rate (At least minimum, sometimes a touch more), but I tip my service providers very well. If I get my nails done, waxing, massage...basically anything that requires 1 on 1 attention from someone, I tip handsomely. I figure because these people see less clients in a day, you should make up the difference in tips.
1 server probably sees 20 tables in a night? (total guessing here!) and say she averages $5/table. = $100
Lady doing nails or hair sees 10 people. She does the same amount of work, same hours, but only gets $50 if people follow that pattern.
I'm a massage therapist and I love to see tips. I don't need them because my commission is very good, but I tend to wonder whether I did something wrong when people don't tip. I give everyone the same effort, regardless of whether I think they'll tip or not. If I was serving, and my income depended on it, I could see my attitude being different.