Have you guys ever encountered an establishment that refused a tip because it was too generous? It’s happened to me a while back. And no, it wasn’t yours truly (aka your royal cheapness) that was over-tipping. It was my friend, C. Me…I usually tip the usual 15-20%. Every once in a while, when I am really really pleased, I may stretch the money belt a little and tip a little more. And of course, there have been those infamous times when I was so pissed off that I didn’t even leave a tip and thought so adamantly that they were lucky I was even paying anything at all. But I was kind of surprised when I came upon an establishment that actually refused the given tip and asked for something smaller.
I usually get the strawberry makgeoli when I am here.
But I am usually coming here to eat than drink. It’s usually after work…and we all know how hungry I can be after work. Sometimes I don’t even want to drink anything. But C already ended up ordering my usual, so what the heck. Fine….I’ll just sip a little…might as well since I am already at a bar anyways.
We were getting ready to leave anyways. When C was getting the bill and received his change, he tried to hand them a $20 (for the trouble), which isn’t much at some places…but this was a low key, very casual setting Asian bar. I can’t remember what the total was, but it’s usually around $50-$60ish when we have come here…so yeah $20 would have been definitely over-tipping.
This encounter kind of took me back to a different scenario of being chased out because of tipping related matters (but for the totally opposite reason). I will never forget my experience of being chased out at King Dragon, a Chinese Korean restaurant that I have been going to for decades. After like 30+ years in business, they have been replaced by a Mexican restaurant (which I tried recently after hearing so many wonderful things about it…but the food there is not good at all).
The waiter was new at the time, I guess. He didn’t know me. It was my first time seeing him, but definitely not the last. As I was leaving, he chased me out and said, “I noticed you didn’t leave a tip,” he said something about being the first table and how a tip should be left…yada yada. I was like WTF (silently in my head…I refrained from saying it out loud)? I kindly told him that I did leave a tip. I also wanted to tell him that a tip is not mandatory and that it’s ludicrous to be chasing customers out of the restaurant to demand a tip. Before I even got to say anything, the owner came out and seemed kind of embarrassed. She told him that a tip was, indeed, included. The waiter then apologized and was MODED. It was the first time ever seeing anyone demanding a tip, so it was definitely a WTF moment.
I actually saw him working at another Chinese Korean restaurant a couple of years ago. I guess that was around the time King Dragon was starting to really slow down in business. And he probably needed another job to make ends meet. When a friend and I saw him at King Garden (a few miles down from King Dragon), we were like, “hey you are from King Dragon!” Yep, small world! I will never forget that man that chased me out to demand a tip.
But the second or third time I saw no difference in my hair color (I tried giving them another chance and take advantage of the promo at the same time), I have had it. I told the lady that my hair color looked exactly the same. I went through the time consuming process and waiting around just to be pissed off about my hair. She tried giving me some BS excuse saying how it’s not showing well at the moment because it’s not that bright inside the salon, but when I go out in the sunlight the next day, the color change will show. I was getting even more pissed off at this woman’s moronic logic. I’ve been coloring my hair all my life (well, since I was a teenager) to know that color changes are visible right away.
Then this woman had the nerve to tell me that I didn’t include a tip. I bluntly told her that I am not paying a tip. Tips are earned, not mandatory. I didn’t even want to pay for the service because I was so pissed off. She was lucky I was even paying at all. How dare she expect and DEMAND a tip from a pissed off customer for a job screwed up? She didn’t really speak English. I am guessing she hasn’t been in this country (USA) very long and probably thinks that tips are mandatory just because people usually leave them. I honestly can’t even remember if I just refused to tip at all or left them a penny for the tip, or what the eff I ended up doing.