LondonViking – 23/01/2015 08:03 GMT
I find it much easier than here in the UK where they automatically put it on the bill. Then you have to call over the server that gave you the bad service and demand the charge be taken off the bill. This can be quite awkward and add quite a lot of time onto an already unpleasant experience in the restaurant.
I tend to agree with LondonViking on this one. Having spent a lot of time eating out in the USA, I find their service levels to be fantastically higher than those here in Blighty. It can verge on the sycophantic, but it beats the usual ‘can’t-be-arsed’ brigade who bring your food to you with a scowl and then act as though you’ve asked them to undress and perform a magic act at the table when you ask them for another bottle of wine/water et al.
I’d rather have the tipping culture where I know I can reward and lace someone’s take-home pay, or I can deduct accordingly.
It’s been my own experience that poor service in the US is rare. That being said, I can go to Asia and get even better service, without the sycophancy and not have to tip anything…….