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So, I really just wanted to share something that really shocked me, when I went to the US with my family last month.
As mentioned in previous posts, we’d already visited the US once back in 2016, so we didn’t really think much about it but this time it went out of hand.
I don’t know if it’s because of the East coast being more touristy than the West coast, but we were really surprised about the tipping-mentality this time.
“What about me, what about me?!”
Is exactly what one of the waitresses on one of our hotels said when we hadn’t tipped her for her (lack of) service. The hotel was in Washington D.C. and called The Wink hotel.
She (the waitress) had done absolutely nothing except for taking our order and removing our plates – even one of the other waitresses had to bring us coffee. So we thought it was “fair” not to give her any tips.
So, we wanted to charge the bill to our room but when she came over to take the check away she just stood there and pointed at it, saying: “what about me, what about me?!”. We were so surprised by her reaction and was shocked to see that she didn’t want to take away the check until we’d left her some tips.
Therefore, we left her absolute minimum tips and left. I already wrote this in a review of the hotel and expect them to come back as soon as possible.
Any who, we didn’t eat there again and we actually got pretty angry about it.
This was far from the only episode where we faced this hostility towards us if we hadn’t tipped the waiter/waitress.
To take another example. The same day as the breakfast-situation, as mentioned above, we wanted to eat out, so we visited the Asian restaurant across the street from the hotel.
The food was alright, even though some of it was still cold when they served it + they served the wrong food to my brother. Any who, the staff was kinda annoying as they didn’t smile or anything like that, so once again we didn’t feel like tipping.
But, when we (my mom) had to pay, she needed her inside because she needed her pin to charge her card – obviously. But then something crazy happened…
When my mom had paid for the food and drinks, the waitress took out her calculator and told my mom that she had to tip her. So, with her calculator, she added an additional 15% tip – without even asking if it was okay – and wanted us to leave the money on the table before leaving.
It was a crazy situation and we did not want to tip them at all – especially, because of the way they acted inside. So we bailed. We had already paid for everything, but as they wanted us to leave the tip afterwards, we left without tipping them.
I’ve been a bartender for two years. I know the “rules”. They are really simple. If you’re not doing anything else than what you have to, then we do not tip you. I don’t know what you guys’ opinion is on this but that’s not how we do it.
A life quote that suits this is really: “You don’t get what you want, you get what you deserve”.
What’s your opinion on this guys? Let me know below!
My name is Rasmus, I'm a Danish guy who wants to share every thought, dream and struggle about my life.
Via trips abroad as an expat to London, Lisbon and must recently Dublin I've gained some experiences that I would like to share.
I play the guitar, sing, love to travel, spent time with my friends and family and I'm a big Manchester United fan.