Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I put negative tips.
Originally Posted by JayJay
Damn, from here on I am looking for an excuse to use that word.
Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba
I was out to dinner recently and the service was terrible other then one waiter who did a fantastic job. I tipped him in cash, and put zero on the tip line for the credit card. How else do you deal with it when only one person offers good service?
To stay sort of on topic, people who attend group dinners only to screw over everyone on the bill are loathsome, tip or otherwise. If you didn't want to pay for 4 Martinis with top shelf vodka, then don't order them....
When I was a waiter, large parties were the only time I ever put the service on the bill and made it clear to everyone at the table. With all the students that wait tables, I am surprised that nobody has done a thesis on tipping. I always found it fascinating to see how people behaved and patterns that emerged.
For example, I learned that when someone asked for the bill to drop whatever I was doing and get it to the table as fast as I could. Its the last interaction someone has with you, and my theory turned out to be true, this tactic improved my tips. Its always better to have something go wrong early. After a few drinks its all good. Something go wrong at the end, after a few drinks, the devil in people comes out.