Do Waitstaff Hate Change?
October 18, 2007 8:41 AM Subscribe
I read a guideline in Modern Drunkard's mostly, but not entirely, tongue-in-cheek "Rules of Boozing," and it confused me.
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg to Society & Culture (51 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
39. Never tip with coins that have touched you. If your change is $1.50, you can tell the barmaid to keep the change, but once she has handed it to you, you cannot give it back. To a bartender or cocktail waitress, small change has no value.
This seems to imply that a waitress would rather have a dollar tip than a dollar-fifty tip, at least if you leave it on the table.
Those of you who have worked for tips, can this be true? Would you rather have a dollar bill than a dollar bill and two quarters? How about a dollar bill, a quarter, a dime, two nickels, and five pennies? Is six quarters for a beer a horrible tip, or is it laundry/parking money? How about two bucks in loose change? If you're speaking from experience rather than conjecture, it'd be nice to know.