StereoTIPPING

| May 19, 2010 | 55 Comments

Ah, the elusive tipping. Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant will tell you that many stereotypes exist when it comes to tipping. Wikipedia defines a stereotype as “a commonly held public belief about specific social groups or types of individuals”.

Foreigners. When polled about what they liked least about visiting the United States, most said the required tipping in the restaurants and bars. Most countries actually pay their wait staff an appropriate hourly rate and customers are not required to tip. We, however, are the not those countries and our food prices are significantly less because we don’t have to figure in a larger payroll. If you are visiting our lovely country and especially Maryland’s beautiful capital, be aware of our customs and make sure you tip between 18-20%.

Midshipmen. We love you and think you look adorable in your whites, but you are notoriously bad tippers. The same goes for teens. If you can afford to go out to dinner with your girlfriend or for a quiet night with your flavor-of-the-month, then it seems to me that you can afford to tip at least 18%. Leaving me seventy-five cents in change does not constitute a good tip. Leaving change in general is actually really annoying.

Seniors. It used to be that people over the age of 65 were typically terrible tippers, but you’ve really stepped it up in the last few years, and for this, I thank you. I also want to thank my fellow industry workers. Maybe it’s karma, maybe you just sympathize or maybe you just want to share the wealth. Whatever it may be, you seem to always leave us great tips. Thank you.

Ethnicity. I received a comment a few weeks ago stating that servers in Annapolis are racists and don’t care for black people. Racist would not be the correct word. Stereotypically, the black population is known for being demanding and leaving awful tips. I can guarantee that if any server waiting on an African American table received a bad tip, they would not be the least bit shocked. And lest you feel I am being “racist” it’s actually the same with an Indian table and an Asian table.

So here’s my advice to you: Don’t perpetuate the stereotype…CHANGE IT! Put the word out there that these stereotypes exist and actively try to do something about it!

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I graduated with an Art degree from a small liberal arts college, did a bit of traveling and moved to Annapolis from Baltimore about seven years ago. I currently manage a well-known Annapolis restaurant, serve and bartend. I live downtown and I like sunsets and long walks on the beach :)