Originally Posted by mano
I still remember the best tip ever received 22 years ago when I waited tables at an upscale (some table-side cooking) during grad school. Mother's Day dinner and know-it-all overbearing obnoxious 20-something monster daughter was taking mumsy and her sister out for dinner. It was clear she was paying for the meal. While attending to the adjacent table, I overheard her lecturing them about wine and the proper wine glasses for red wine. When I brought the wine she ordered, she made a show of tasting it and asked a question she knew the answer to. I then made a comment about the glasses and paraphrased a point of her earlier lecture. Monster daughter was delighted! In 30 seconds I'd garnered a 30% tip.
LOL. That's awesome. Waiting Tables for Fun and Profit, by NiccolÃ² Machiavelli.@ Globe
: while I generally agree with most of the points on the list in the original post, and especially with the one about asking for a special meal at a large banquet with a fixed menu, I believe that your case is the exception that proves the rule.
But you were a stand-up guy, tipped well, and were in particularly trying circumstances. The only other times I've seen or heard about this being done are usually with people who are basically spoiled and entitled, and who don't think it's out of the ordinary at all. And thus don't take it into account with tip, and do it when there are perfectly good menu options, even if they aren't particularly exciting.
Actually, come to think of it, I believe the only times I've seen this done have been at weddings (usually at rehearsal dinners) and conferences. I do think it's defensible if someone has very particular dietary needs, though, either because of food allergies, religious convictions, or what have you. I believe that the attempt to avoid four or five courses of brussels sprouts is at least as honorable as a religious conviction. [Perhaps more so, as I believe it to be founded on eminently rational principles, like the axiomatic first principle of dining, "brussels sprouts are fucking horrible". Game-theoretical justification available on request.