|Quoting airevents (Reply 8):|
I must say I prefer it that way. As a customer I´d much more prefer the staff serving me to get a decent salary from whoever they work for and don´t really consider it my job to pay them much extra apart from what I have been consuming, unless the service was really outstanding.
Couldn't agree more. I expect any business to run their calculations and then price their services accordingly. If a meal at their place costs them €13.50 to produce (the whole value added chain), then that is what they should sell it for. In general, I find this Arab bazar haggling mentality very off putting, annoying and unprofessional.
Ask a price, if you're constantly sold out, raise it. If you have no patrons, lower it. Eventually you'll find an equilibrium price. If you can live with that, you're running a business. If you can't, you're out. But to ask a deceitfully low price, only to later slap a mandatory ''gratuity'' on top of it, then the taxes and then the tip, makes me feel betrayed/deceived. I don't want to bribe people to treat me well.
Find out what price you can place your product on the market for, and then decide if you want to go/be/stay in that business. Everything else is dishonest to yourself and to your customers.
As for the situation at hand.. I wouldn't even have thought of tipping the person. Not because I'm mean, but because it is just not customary around where I live. Had I still done it and received such a response, I would have demanded the money back and complained with his supervisor. If the minimum wage is $7.50, that means he should at least be occupied for 1 1/4 hours for $10. But I doubt it took him more than 20 minutes. Theoretically, that'd amount to $30 in tips (tax free) plus his hourly wage. $35 per hour or so for unskilled labor? I don't think so.
..sick of it. -K. Pilkington.