Summer is here again, and I would like to ask parents to kindly tutor the younger people who are home on vacation on proper behavior in a restaurant. This applies to the young adults who are in their late teens and early twenties.
Behave yourselves while dining in an establishment. Do not color on the table with crayons. Use manners. "Please" and "thank you" mean a lot to us. Remember that sitting at a table for extended periods of time (over an hour) costs your server money. We live off of our tips, and seating our table repeatedly ensures that we continue to make money.
Do not walk out on your bill because you did not come prepared with the funds to cover your meal. Please put your cell phone down when we come to the table to take your order. And, last but not least, tip your server.
As a veteran server, I have been appalled with the tips I have received in Lincoln County. Our hourly pay is $2.13 an hour, hence we rely on tips to make a living. Many servers are students, parents, single parents...we work hard to provide great service, enjoy what we do, and expect and need the 18% to 20% gratuity that is now the norm. It is easy to figure out with the calculator on your cell phone.
Parents, if you are reading this, I implore you to teach your children proper restaurant and tipping etiquette. To the teens and twentysomethings, teach your friends. Spread the word. Make sure that while dining, everyone leaves a proper tip.
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