Waiters Sue Employer For Taking Wages To Cover Walk-Outs

Earlier this week, we wrote about the legality (or lack thereof) of employers docking tipped workers’ wages to cover walk-outs and bad orders. Little did we know that the same day, dozens of current and former servers at a Milwaukee restaurant were filing a class-action suit, alleging these sorts of violations. [More]


Well, At Least Most People Aren’t Stingy Jerks When They Tip

Tipping is a hot topic here on Consumerist, and…well, everywhere else online too. Common decency dictates that when you use a coupon or otherwise get discounted services or chow, you should still tip based on the original sticker price. Makes sense, right? And yet, a recent survey shows that 26% of adults who say that they leave tips claim that they tip based on the post-coupon total. For shame! [More]


After A Dine-And-Dash, Is It Legal For A Restaurant To Take Money From A Waiter’s Tips?

It’s a story we’ve heard any number of times, both professionally and from friends in the restaurant world. A customer splits without paying the bill, or doesn’t leave enough to cover the full amount; to make up for the loss, the manager takes it out of the waiter’s pay. Can this be legal? [More]

Customer Orders 85 Pizzas, Pays .68% Tip

The Internet will not rest until this "phone" person is identified.

We can understand why one might be reluctant to fork over a full 15-18% tip on a restaurant bill of $1453, but even a 1% tip would be better than this. [More]


Is This 25% Tip A Come-On Or Just A Generous Bit Of Rounding Up?

Despite the fact that we are adults and quite mature and even wear real pants when we work from home (sometimes), that doesn’t mean we don’t chuckle at suggestive things. Like, well, the total on this waiter’s receipt [cue giggle]. [More]

The Waffle House lists the 20% as a "property management surcharge."

This Waffle House Adds 20% Surcharge To Pay For Security

Used to be, if a business wanted to spend money to bolster its security, it would have to eat that cost or pass it on to the customer in the form of higher prices. But one Atlanta Waffle House has decided to keep the menu prices the same, and just tack on a 20% surcharge to cover the extra security cost. [More]


Waitress Who Posted No-Tip Receipt From “Pastor” Customer Fired From Job

Earlier this week, we posted a story about a restaurant customer who not only chose to deny the waitress a tip, but also wrote “I Give God 10% Why do you Get 18?” on the receipt. Now we’ve learned that the server who posted the receipt online has been fired. [More]


Diner Thinks That Saying He’s A Pastor Allows Him To Stiff Waiter On Tip

UPDATE: The waitress who posted the receipt online has since been fired by her employer. [More]


Pizza Deliverer: If You Live In A $650K House And Don’t Tip, There’s Something Wrong With You

Tipping waiters at a restaurant is relatively easy — so long as you know how to calculate the standard 15-20% — but tipping for delivery is always a topic of much debate, as there are factors involved like the cost of the meal, the weather, how long you had to wait, and how much was being carried. [More]


Starbucks Store Gives Away Two Months Of Tips To Charity

A Starbucks store in Greencastle, IN, recently handed over a check to the local chapter of the Humane Society, representing the full amount of tips taken in by the coffee shop in September and October. [More]


“Stop Eating” Is Not The Kind Of Tip You Should Leave Your Applebee’s Waitress

Leaving a $0 tip on a $30 bill at Applebee’s is bad enough. But then taking the effort to write “Stop Eating B*tch!” as a “tip” is crossing the line from being a bad consumer into being a horrible human being. [More]

(Michelle Rick)

Is It Ever Acceptable For Waiters To Be Unpleasant?

The “snooty waiter” who looks down his nose with disdain at his customers is a character that has been trotted out on film and TV too many times to count. But while we may not blink when we see this well-known caricature on screen, it’s a different story when that same snob is taking your lunch order. [More]


Tip Your Pizza Hut Driver Or He Might Pee On Your Door

An Iowa Pizza Hut delivery driver is without a job today because he decided that the best way to vent is anger about being stiffed on a tip was to urinate on the customer’s door. [More]


How To Turn Stuff On The Shelf But Not For Sale To Your Favor

Earlier this week, we discussed and solicited on the site your stories about big-box stores having items on display but allegedly not for actual sale. One reader shared how she enlisted the state attorney general to get a voucher from Best Buy after her rain check was turned away. Now Mark, a former bookstore seller, points out that you can turn this problem around and make it an advantage. Forgo instant gratification, and take the delay as an opportunity to do some price comparisons. Even if you find it cheaper in another brick-and-mortar store nearby, it’s still cheaper. [More]

Job Interview? Your Potential Future Is More Interesting Than Your Past

Job Interview? Your Potential Future Is More Interesting Than Your Past

Ready to impress a hiring manager with a list of your past accomplishments? That may be a flawed approach. According to studies conducted by Stanford’s Zakary Tormala and Jayson Jia, and Harvard Business School’s Michael Norton, people prefer potential rather than achievement when evaluating others. [More]

Once All Tip Jars Take Credit Cards You'll Have No Excuse Not To Give

Once All Tip Jars Take Credit Cards You'll Have No Excuse Not To Give

“Ooh… sorry, I don’t have any cash on me… [cue regretful face]” will no longer be an acceptable policy if this newfangled tip jar gadgetry catches on. DipJar is pretty simple — a credit-card scanner that sits upright and resembles a traditional tip jar. Stick youur card in and leave a tip wherever it’s deserved. Time to start dreaming up alternate excuses, ye stingy folks. [More]

Who The &^#* Does This Restaurant Customer Think He Is?

Who The &^#* Does This Restaurant Customer Think He Is?

There are many ways to encourage, or even demand, quality service while out for a nice meal. Telling your waiter in advance that you’re going to be a dick about the tip is most certainly not a good method for doing so. [More]


Man’s Family Determined To Carry Out A Last Request: Order A Pizza & Tip The Server $500

When Aaron passed away at the age of 30, he left his family with a will with all the usual instructions, including that any debt he owed his parents be repaid if he had money in the bank when he died. But he also had another request, one that his family has succeeded in thanks to the generosity of strangers: Order a meal and leave the server a really awesome tip. [More]