Published May 02, 2012
At some point everyone has either waited tables, or at least had the pleasure of being served at a restaurant. Let's face it, sometimes it's not so pleasurable --either for the server or the served.
But does apparent bad service also deserve a lesson on how to do your job?
The following note was posted on Reddit by someone claiming that a friend of a waitress supposedly received this note after serving a customer.
Don't tell every customer you're very busy to excuse your lack of serving skills. Your job is to attend to us, not make us feel like we're an inconvenience. A little bit of personal attention goes a long way in the form of a tip. Just my two cents.
The customer left two pennies for their "trouble."
Cruel tipping stories are hardly new. A Seattle bartender was not only stiffed on her tip by a customer, he also insulted her by scrawling on the receipt: “P.S. You could stand to loose (sic) a few pounds.”
That prompted the bartender to post a picture of the receipt on her Facebook page, along with the customer’s name, Andrew Meyer. Soon, angry readers found and re-posted the so-called dead-beat tipper's Facebook page --but it was the wrong Andrew Meyer. It was bad all around.
Then there was the incident of the receipt showing a 1 percent tip and the handwritten "get a real job" note. A person who called himself a banker reportedly left a $1.33 tip on a $133.54 bill, and left a note telling the server to "get a real job".
It apparently was a hoax. According to TheSmokingGun, the restaurant where the bad tip was purported to have been left found the actual receipt. Rather than a bill of $133.54, the receipt showed a $33.54 bill, and a tip of more than $7.
While it's unclear if the two-cent tipper is real or if two cents were left, the note taps into a frustration we've all had at some point while being the brunt of bad service. Is the note a teaching moment, or its author just a jerk? Let us know what you think.