Or is it more correct to just say Waitstaff or some other term nowadays?
My first question is - Mods, am I in the right place? Plese transport if necessary.
Ok, simple question - do you prefer tips left in cash on the table, or added onto the credit card slip, or does it not matter?
We have heard, from various people at various times, of restaurants that aren't so good at giving waiters their tips from credit card receipts, about bus boys or even other customers taking money off tables meant for a waiter, and about either credit tips or cash tips (but only one or the other) having to be divided up evenly between all, so the person who gave you the great service doesn't get the whole tip.
So, what is the preferred method, or does it even matter most of the time? If it makes any difference, we do live in a state where waiters are paid full minimum wage. Oh, and I'm not talking top-of-the line ritzy, just casual dining (think Applebee's or Chili's, though we usually go to locally owned places of about that level).
Would love to hear from as many as possible. I admit, we aren't going out for meals right now at all, so figured it's a good time to gather info. OT - Hubby was laid off quite a while back, things are much more than tight, and getting worse, I believe strongly in positive energies of any sort, so please feel free to send positive thoughts, energies, prayers, chants, spells or sacrifice a chicken on our behalf (rubber chickens only, of course). We do hope to actually be able to use this info again one of these days
Thank you all for any help, we tip as much as we can afford (or don't go out) but not as much as we'd like to, and would be upset to find our tips hadn't gotten to the proper person because of how we left the tip.