Being a server in a restaurant often sucks (Source: three years of personal experience). It’s important to give the job your all, but the truth is, mistakes will be made. Sometimes the customers are cool. Other times there’s an insane sh*t storm.
On the server’s end, there’s nothing worse than receiving a bad tip. The whole system is structured toward tipping, so the fact is that servers rely on them. This is especially true when the service was great, the customers were happy or even complimentary, and the check was pretty high.
Recently, a waitress in Boston was on the receiving end of a less than generous tip and her friend took to Reddit to share her story.
The Redditor’s friend received a $16 tip on a $132.30 bill. While this 12 percent tip is obviously a curiously low amount, it’s pretty common. If you don’t believe me, I can tell you that just last weekend a coworker at the restaurant where I work received $2 on a $157 bill. Why even bothering leaving $2? Who knows?
Needless to say, the Boston server’s 12 percent tip in and of itself didn’t go viral. Instead, the letter that came a few days later did.