There are a number of topics about serving and restaurants that are open for debate. The opinions are generally split between those who have been in the industry and those who have not. It is very similar to the political process as it currently stands. Most people have chosen either the Server Party or the Guest Party. This moderates in the middle are enough to give either side a majority opinion. The two parties are as opinionated and uncompromising as the political ones. There seems to be one issue that even the moderates are split on. Whether it is acceptable to leave less than 15% when the service is poor.
I discussed this issue with a couple of friends from high school. It took all sorts of different turns. If everyone gets 15-20%, isn’t that punishing servers who deserve 20%? Can even an educated guest know all the factors that contribute to slow service? I knew my vested interest in the topic precluded me from being truly objective. This is why I asked one of them to write a post outlining her position. I know from first hand experience that she is a good tipper and a very nice person. Please refrain from death threats since she did do me a favor in writing this. With that in mind, here is what she submitted:
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