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It's true! You get treated better when you're suited up

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About three years ago, I was at a restaurant for which I had a gift card. I ordered my meal and the waitress was really friendly with me (she was constantly touching my suit jacket sleeve, smiling, all friendly and such--I always wear a suit and tie). When it came time to pay the bill, I used my gift card and the balance left from the card was given to me as cash back. I basically left the entire cash amount as a tip (which was about $15 and my meal was about $45.)

So . . . a few months later, I was at this restaurant again and I ended up being served by the same waitress as before but only this time I was in a sweatshirt and khakis and not a suit and tie.

Well.

My waitress didn't even so much as remember me (but I kind of expected that because how can she possibly remember EVERYONE?) and her level of service was complete different. She wasn't friendly with me (but she wasn't rude, either); she just asked "What would you like?", took my order, plopped my food in front of me, walked off; plopped my drink in front of me without so much as a word being said and walked off. Never once did she come back to check on me and inquire how I was enjoying my meal (she did this the first time I was here several months earlier but she didn't this time.)

Well.

So . . . as for the tip, well, I thought, Oh, hell, what's the big deal. I still tipped her (I gave the balance on the card--$15 just like the last time) and when she saw how much I left, she was stopped dead in her tracks and was shocked as anything. She was literally speechless. It was at this moment that she realized what a complete ***** she was for providing the kind of service she did and I just got up and left.

So.

Some of you are probably wondering why I gave such a generous tip when the service certainly didn't warrant it. Hell, I really don't know why.

If you want to be treated like a million bucks, put on your fucking suit and tie when dining out. If, on the other hand, you want to be treated like a schmuck, then wear your shit-stained (*insert name of favourite sports team*) jersey and baseball cap worn backwards.
 

Made in California

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I really enjoyed this story. I normally wouldn't have liked your generous tip on Trip #2, but it worked well to share with StyleForum later.
 

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Could it be that possibly she was having a rough day?
 

Made in California

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Originally Posted by acecow
Could it be that possibly she was having a rough day?
I thought of that also, but I enjoy the story more when it's about a woman locked into a shallow way of thinking.
 

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Wear a tuxedo next time to see how much nicer she'll be than if you were in a suit.
 

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To get better results you should assemble a group of friends and get half of them to wear suits, while the other half wears jeans + t-shirt. Go there on the same day, pretend you don't know each other and take notes on how she treats each of the participants.
 

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Originally Posted by acecow
To get better results you should assemble a group of friends and get half of them to wear suits, while the other half wears jeans + t-shirt. Go there on the same day, pretend you don't know each other and take notes on how she treats each of the participants.

+1
 

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Did you wear a wedding band the second time?


Seriously, I do notice that I get better treatment when wearing a suit, or s.c. with tie. One time while checking in at the airport, my luggage was a little over the weight limit, the counter agent eyed me in my suit and tie and then gave me a smile and waived the overage fee.

On another business trip when I was also in suit and tie, I was upgraded to first class.
 

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Originally Posted by SuitMyself
About three years ago,


My waitress didn't even so much as remember me.


Boy I wonder if she has been counting on your tips. A tip every three years is just about enough for a new car.
 

SuitMyself

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Originally Posted by Nicola

Boy I wonder if she has been counting on your tips. A tip every three years is just about enough for a new car.


It was about two months or so between my first and second visit, not three years between my first and second visit.

Originally Posted by SuitMyself

About three years ago, I was at a restaurant for which I had a gift card. I ordered my meal and the waitress was really friendly with me (she was constantly touching my suit jacket sleeve, smiling, all friendly and such--I always wear a suit and tie). When it came time to pay the bill, I used my gift card and the balance left from the card was given to me as cash back. I basically left the entire cash amount as a tip (which was about $15 and my meal was about $45.)

So . . . a few months later, I was at this restaurant again and I ended up being served by the same waitress as before but only this time I was in a sweatshirt and khakis and not a suit and tie.
 

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What I find really gets good service is if you wear your nice suit, then go out, under the table unzip your fly and pull out your testicles (leave teh kawk inside - just the nuggets come out). Then, when the waitress comes, ask her for a napkin because you spilled something on your lap, and show her the berries. They love that.
 

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