Do You Practice Math When You Leave a Tip?
Is it just me, or does everyone have their own special way of leaving a tip?
I was taught to write a rounded dollar figure as the total, and cross out the tip line because the amount becomes trivial. But what if the servers end up having to make the calculation by hand every time a customer did this? It's fairly easy for me to do the simple math once, but it gets pretty cumbersome when there are one hundred receipts to calculate at the end of a day's shift. Have servers been cussing me for decades? How do you write your tip? And have you seen some weird ways to calculate a tip? I know I have. Off the top of my head, I can think of four that deserves a mention.
The Whole Dollar Tipper
The tipper who only knows about whole numbers, he always rounds the amount to the nearest dollar. It certainly makes it easy for the mathematically challenge (actually, it's probably the only way he can ever leave a tip), but there's also the advantage of time for the tipper. Oh and don't forget, it saves the server time too because they can very easily tell what percentage you tipped him as soon as he sneaks a peak at your receipt. (Never seen this? Don't worry, because they always do it after you turn your head to leave.
The Clean Tipper
These people do what I do. They write a total amount that's rounded and either cross out the tip amount or fill in the difference. It makes expenses easier to add up, until they realize that every other expense they need to add up end in the nearest penny.
The No Tipper
A big fat $0 is what they give. He/she may not do it every time, but there's always an excuse for it. Oh the service is bad, take outs don't require tips, the owner takes them all anyway, blah blah blah. Stop complaining. See these people and shoot them please.
The Geek Tipper
Lastly, and surprisingly, the geek tipper is very popular in debt...I mean US of A. I don't get it, but many people simply try to figure out, fairly accurately I might add, the right percentage and then put that amount in the space labeled tip amount. Then, using what was learned in grade school, they scribble all the numbers on the receipt and try to add all the dollars and cents. It's fine most of the time. After all, it's a free country and who am I to judge. But once in a while, the addition is wrong! I mean, what is the server suppose to do now? Use the tip amount, use the total amount or forfeit the tip all together?
Your Turn to Share
So, what kind of a tipper are you? I don't mean how much you pay, but rather, how do you write your tip amount? And do waiters always deserve a tip?.