Last night my last table is a new busgirl that was just hired a couple of weeks ago and a friend and her mother. The busgirl is probably 18 at the most and her mom looks like she is 38. They are all giddy , her mom is the giddiest. She orders a cosmo and the two underagers order a virgin strawberry daiquiri.
They have two appetizers and just sit there….forever. Her mom orders another cosmo and then I give them the bill. With the staff discount the bill comes to $40.31. Her mom pays by debit and leaves me a whopping $3!
I am probably 34 years older than this busgirl and older than her mom for sure , taken sommelier program , traveled everywhere , been Maitre’d , assistant food and beverage manager, head waiter , bar manager , and her mom who was probably 8 when I took a bartending course leaves me $3! This after the previous table left me $7!
Do you know the pain that comes from biting my tongue and taking this crap! But I smile and walk away. I never have made tips this low in my life.
Maybe after my summer holidays I should reconsider this corporate bullshit! Convenient hours aside. It is warm out now and the place is emptying.
I could probably do better tip percentage wise working a busy breakfast somewhere else than do this. Then at least I would have the evenings free to teach more.
My options are open…..