By Susan Howard
After graduating college, as a way to make some cash, I waited on tables at a local hipster diner in West Hollywood. The job is actually a lot harder than you might think. To be a successful server you have to take on a bunch of tables while keeping them all happy simultaneously even as they are likely on different parts of their meal. One wants a drinks menu, another patrons hot order of pancakes and bacon is up and the last is ready to go and wants the check. At a busy restaurant which is where you make the good money, it’s especially challenging. Plus you are on your feet for eight hours at a time running around punching in orders, carrying food and busing tables.
As a rule, you should tip these people 20 percent of the total bill across the board, unless something really goes horribly bad, like you get a glass of beer ..read more