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Although somewhat off topic, I speak as someone who waited tables and tended bar for years. Sometimes, if a large (over six or eight) group comes in for a meal, one or more of the party will tip very little or nothing, assuming that the server will have it made up by other people at the table. I recall once making 5% off a total table because some in the party decided they would tip very little hoping the server wouldn't notice. They got excellent service. Those were the people I hoped had a flat tire with no spare on the way home. Or were just involved in a horrific accident. That's one reason most restaurants add an automatic gratuity. I have NEVER heard of a restaurant refusing to adjust a gratuity up or down at the request of the customer. However, most customers don't take into consideration what may be going on in the back of the house (kitchens, etc) and naturally just assume that if the service is slow it is because of the waiter. Not so. I have also had customers express their displeasure with the kitchen by under or not tipping the server. This, too, is crap. Servers don't have complete control over your service. If everyone had to wait tables for a month in a restaurant they might think twice about how they tip out.
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