Tipping and ex post facto restitution
April 30, 2006 9:40 AM Subscribe
I didn't think that I had to tip; now I think I should have. Any way to make this right?
posted by j.s.f. to Food & Drink (12 answers total)
Here's the sitch, as the kids say nowadays: it was a gorgeous Sunday morning and I went down to a very, very small cafe in my neighborhood. There were no seats available, so I sat down on a bench nearby--not seating for the cafe, just street furniture. I sat for a few minutes reading my paper, then went inside to order. My food was brought out. After eating I brought my dish inside on my own, then paid at the counter. I didn't tip a dime.
I suppose I thought that since it felt like I was in some sort of take-out situation (and since the guy who I paid was the owner), I didn't have to tip. Thirty seconds after leaving I realized that I probably ought to have. Did I screw up, and if so, is there any way to put things in order?
And by the way, this is a matter of a few dollars: I paid thirteen and think now that I should have paid fifteen or sixteen. It's more an etiquette question than a concern for cheating someone out of his pay.