Here’s The Wrong Way To Tip A Waitress

If you’re looking to make a social media post go viral, one way to do it is to share an idea that people deem really good and useful. On the flip side, sometimes a post that offers really bad ideas also takes off—as in the case of this post that offers some pretty terrible tipping advice.

According to the Facebook post (the author has since deleted the post, which doesn’t rule out the possibility that this a hoax because it’s hard to imagine someone actually doing this) you place five singles on the table. Then, without telling the waiter/waitress, you take one dollar bill away for every time he/she messes up. At the end of the meal, you leave that amount as the tip for the night. This method, the post asserts, will get you “the best service of your life.”

Check it out below, shared on Twitter via user Angus Johnston:

I, along with many others out there, have a few questions for the anonymous couple behind this “dinner experiment”:

1. “You put 5 singles out on the table at the beginning of the dinner…”

Why is it $5? That means, according to my math, if an average tip is 20 percent of the total bill, that means you (presumably) ate a $25 meal for two. What if the meal is $50? What happens when the bill is much higher than $25?

And why place the money out on the table? There are wallets and purses for carrying money. You could leave it in there. Or in an envelope marked “Silly Tipping Money Haha LOL.”

Twitter user Brad Gagnon makes the good point that a dollar difference may be an effective incentive for children, but less so for adults.

2. “The waitress kept looking at it as if she was confused.”

Right. And you were surprised by this?


3. “She played her cards right…”

What game was she playing? Euchre? Poker? Waitressing?


4. “I did take away a dollar tho bec she forget the bread…”

Ignoring the grammar issues, it’s bread. If it were rolls from Texas Roadhouse, and they didn’t give me their special butter, then I might ask politely for some more butter. Some goes for bread. Was it that hard to ask for it?

One Twitter user had an idea as to why the bread took longer to arrive:

5. “…but she bounced back and gave us extra.”

So, did you place the dollar back on the table? I’m not a genius in child-rearing, but I know that if you take something away, then give it back to the child, it will confuse the child even more. For instance, if you take away TV privileges for breaking a rule, but then give those privileges right back because they “bounced back,” but you don’t tell the child how they bounced back, how will they ever learn?


6. “Haha all in all a great evening with my love and a good dinner experiment we both wanted to see play out.”

What’s the difference between a good dinner experiment and a great dinner experiment? Also, a good experiment needs to have a large sample size. Did you try this experiment on others? What was their reaction?

Maybe tipping should be illegal after all, but that’s for a different post.

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