*points to her avatar* A wolf is what I would be, since my soul most closely matches that of a wolf's. Various people have told me the same, as well.
Tips have generally been the standard percentage or just a hair over when I'm too lazy to break a bill. Though I once left some candy beside my money... I don't know if the server was brave enough to eat mystery candy from a stranger, though.
Posted on 2007-03-26 at 00:46:03.
Edited on 2007-03-26 at 00:47:16 by Drasia
Lowest: I left a note that said "TIP: Don't be a d*ck" with a smiley face drawn on it and half a penny which I traced to be the mouth. The waiter was constantly bothering me when I was obviously busy writing and had a full glass and a full carafe on the table after I had told him I didn't want anything else that night. I have a reputation there for being a good tipper, and I usually am, but hanging around clearing your throat over and over while I'm occupied is not the way to get it.
Highest: I left a $400 tip once. You should try it. It'll make you feel good in ways you can't imagine. Just make sure you do it to someone who did their job the right way. Send a message.
Like a waitress making half minimum wage with one baby and another on the way? $3/hour doesn't go far. Donate $400 to a charity and see how much goes to the people who need it and how much to pay employees and fund dinners and balls. Screw that. None for me. I'll donate directly, to someone I know for a fact to be working hard trying to get by, not just waiting for a handout.
No, celebrities don't do that. They worry about their appearance, so they go to the fund-raiser events where half of the money made is used to fund the event, and most of the rest is eaten by the organization's "operating costs."
I had the money and didn't need it. I saw someone who could put it to better use than I, so I gave it to her. I say again: you should do it, too. Help, and know that you're really helping. In one stroke you've reaffirmed someone's faith that there are good people in the world, you've made a positive difference in someone's life, and you've made yourself feel like a hero for doing it (and rightly so).
People who work for tips are generally barely scraping by. Panhandling on the street is a more reliable source of income, and generally makes more money. Give your spare cash to someone who's working hard to get by.
If that's enough to motivate you - know that you'll get the best service in the world from that person forever, even if you never do it again.
I don't know, and I have no great faith that I'll ever know... but that doesn't stop me from trying to learn. I guess I'm a Christian with agnostic leanings or an agnostic with Christian leanings if you really want to try to nail it down.