Like, I'm not peppy and saccharine like some servers, but I'm damn good at my job, attentive, polite, get virtually no complaints and have good rapport with regulars.
I make $4.50/hr when I serve tables. State minimum here is $11/hr. I depend on the tips. Sure, tipping in the US is technically optional, but it also really isn't and if you don't plan to tip at least 15-20%, don't go out to eat. And don't insult me with pocket change as a tip via credit card.
@extinct People who "don't believe in tipping" and live in this country raise my hackles.
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