EVERYTHING about tipping in restaurants is idiotic, customers and waiters have agreed.
After restaurant chains were criticised for keeping staff tips, everyone has wondered why you need to pay part of the price of a meal in a way that is guaranteed to be unfair and embarrassing.
Teacher Tom Logan said: “If I buy a laptop from PC World I wouldn’t expect to then pay part of the shop assistant’s salary in cash.
“You have to calculate a fair amount to give the waiter without knowing how much they get paid or if the ‘service charge’ is the tip. Is it something like 30p every time they smile at you, £1.50 for explaining the menu and 10p for walking across the room without falling over?
“Giving a fiver could make you look like a tight bastard or a mug who gives their money away under the slightest pressure.”
Waitress Nikki Hollis said: “It’s hard to judge whether waiters deserve a big tip or not, because there isn’t a metric for how well you’ve carried a plate.
“If the food’s disappointing I probably didn’t tell the chef to make it worse than another restaurant you went to, and I can’t make your date go well because I’m not a wizard.
“I think tips should be replaced with a radical new system of waiters being paid by their bosses to do work.”