After a long shift on the patio not making much money, I was happy that the bartender offered me one more table before I left.
The couple was great. My service was spot on: I got her two different tastes of wine to try. I modified her dish EXACTLY the way she wanted it. I refilled his lemonade before he asked. I made a personal connection and told them about my life aspirations.
As I dropped the check, the couple thanked me for MAKING their experience there. They said they felt like we'd all dined together, and they've never had a better time at Bloggiano's. Naturally, I got even more excited the bartender had given me the table. And the $26 PPA (per person average) didn't hurt either.
I'M GOING TO GET A HUGE TIP. 25%? 30%???
$10 on $54.
Toto, I don't think we're in Newport Beach anymore.
I know, I know, that's a good tip. But, the Verbal Tip is NOT money in my pocket. I'm glad you like me. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I'd rather have an extra $5. Sorry.
People: If you're going to tell your server you love them and had the best experience ever, maybe you should give them a little bit extra.
Your Server (that makes minimum wage plus tips)