There was a time when I didn’t know any better and seldom if ever tipped my waiter at a restaurant. Part of the reason was because my own resources when younger were significantly limited, especially compared to incomes I earned as I got older. But I also asked myself why I should increase a person’s wages who already made what I thought was a normal salary for doing something they are already being paid to do. I still apply this logical thinking today as it relates to our federal and state subsidies to profitable oil companies that enables them to do something they’re supposed to be using those massive profits for. But I digress.
It was only later in life when I came to learn that wait people at restaurants and other similar jobs make less than minimum wage, significantly less in a lot of cases and rely primarily on tips from customers to make an income that will pay for their rent, food and clothing. So today I automatically take this situation into account when eating out and factor in a 15% gratuity to my bill and up to 20% if the service is exceptional.
Now I suspect there are still plenty of people out there today that look at tips similar to the way I did when I was poorer and younger. I can empathize with the poorer part though I would hope that knowledge about what wait staff make these days is more commonly understood and if these people do decide to eat at a sit-down restaurant and are waited on for their meal, they do so with the understanding that a tip will be part of their final bill.
Anyone who doesn’t get this is not only a cheap skate but an insensitive lout towards people whose income relies upon tips in order to survive in today’s economy. So you can imagine my surprise as well as my disgust upon discovering someone who most people expect to be a role model for human kindness in society not only fails to tip their waiter but justifies it by making a comparison between this low-income wage earner and God.
A pastor’s note on a restaurant bill has unleashed an unholy outcry on Reddit. A snapshot shared by an apparently stiffed server shows the gratuity scratched out and a big “0″ written in its place. “I give God 10% Why do you get 18″ the diner scrawled on the $34.93 receipt, adding the word “Pastor” above his signature. SOURCE