Victorians need to learn how to tip properly

Editor, the Advocate:

When we moved to Victoria 18 months ago, we learned pretty quickly that good restaurant service is difficult to find. Talking to friends, I learned "that's just Victoria." Now that I'm working as a waitress at one of the nicer restaurants on Navarro, I think I understand why.

"Victoria" is not a good tipper. Customers who are rude, make special requests for everything they order and send the server to the kitchen a dozen times without even saying "thank you" do not inspire good service, especially when the server knows there is not a good tip in it for their trouble.

The standard average for a tip is 15 percent. It's acceptable to short tip for bad service, but a dissatisfied customer should also contact the manager so he can address the problem. A smiling, attentive server who keeps your glass filled and delivers your food hot and correctly deserves to be rewarded for doing her job well.

I question whether people know that minimum wage for servers is $2.13/hour - more than five dollars below minimum wage. Some guests seem to think they are being generous by giving a $2 or $3 tip on a $30 ticket because it's just a bonus, but it's not just a bonus. Tips are a big chunk of our income, and guests should budget the tip in the price of their meal. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to eat out.

Stephanie Nalls, Victoria