Tipping: Confusing But Necessary
Note: This first draft is a bit long-winded and I do plan to simplify and condense it in future edits. It’s a confusing but necessary custom. One of the more controversial topics we have to deal with (in regards to pub crawl attendees) is tipping. It’s important for all to be educated on tipping and why it matters in the USA. It’s crucial to having a good night out because if you are uncomfortable with tipping or simply refuse to tip it will have a huge impact on the amount of fun you have. When it comes to food and beverage service in general, adequate or merely average service always gets an average tip. This amount can then be adjusted according to how good or bad the service may have been. You have to train yourself to automatically think of it as part of the cost. All bartenders (even those that originally hail from foreign countries) cringe as soon as they here the foreign accent of travelers in their establishment. They cringe at the on-coming likelihood of unpaid service, or what many consider worse: an insulting tip. Bartenders would rather you not tip them at all instead of leaving them a whole 25 cents. They find it infuriating. And please don’t do the whole playing stupid like you don’t know you’re supposed to tip. That’s worse yet. Many visitors to the states are quite dutiful when it comes to tipping and do make every effort to do it correctly, however many of times when I have frequented many of bars (which I admittedly do more often than I probably should), I have witnessed the dreaded bad tippers and the upset and angry bartenders/servers who’s better than average service went completely unpaid. UNDERSTAND: Bartenders and servers in the USA make a very (very!) tiny hourly wage only for book-keeping purposes, and are otherwise only paid based on their quality of service via customer tips.