Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Boy, did I suck at being a server. No, really, I mean it. I was terrible. I am a horrible multi-tasker, so I'd run literal laps around the restaurant as I tried to remember to bring each requested item to each separate table. If the host sat guests at more than three of my tables at a time, I'd usually panic, hyperventilate, and/or cry.
When I finally DID move to NYC that Fall, I humbly admitted my server-challenged abilities, and decided to go the temporary secretary route instead. The restaurant world breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Anyway, imagine my surprise when at 47 years old, I am once again working for tips! That's right, in my current position as a ghost tour guide, my paycheck is pretty meager, because my employer knows I will receive tips each night. There is even a portion at the beginning of the script I recite each evening which refers to this. That's where I remind my guests that "gratuities would be greatly appreciated" at the end of the evening.
This happens time and time again, actually. People smile and laugh through the majority of the evening, tell me they had a delightful time, and then refuse to tip me. They watch as others press some folded bills into my hand, watch as I tell them how much I appreciate it, then turn and walk away without giving me a second thought. Now, I must tell you, I'm not a single mother who desperately needs this cash to put food on the table. My income is just a supplement to what my husband makes. But still, it stings.
So, what's your theory regarding gratuities? Are you a generous tipper? Have you ever worked in the service industry? If so, how did you get past the sting of being "stiffed?" I'd really love to hear it.
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