I'd concur with just about every item on the list, most of which will be familiar to readers of this column. Not surprisingly, many of the gripes center on beverages, which seem to be the bane of the service biz. I was only slightly annoyed that a waitress revealed servers, who don't want to mess with the noisy, time-consuming process of mixing froufrou drinks, nearly always claim the frozen drink maker's broken; I'd hate for a customer to challenge my colleagues or me the next time we trot out that standard line.
Only a few of the touted secrets seem generated just to round out the list: I'd have serious concerns about the sanity of a server who told guests her "brother's off to war" in hopes of getting better tips, and I've never worked with anyone who would dare leave the alcohol out of a customer's cocktail.
But perhaps the story's most interesting secret isn't a secret at all: It's a question posed by Kansas City waitress Charity Ohlund, who blogs for frothygirlz.com.
In a sidebar on stereotypes, Ohlund writes, "If you are a woman who has climbed your way into the higher levels of corporate success and you are hosting a business dinner, you will not tip as well as a corporate man hosting the same style dinner. I don't know why. Please enlighten me."
Well said, Ms. Ohlund. While painful for female servers who still nurture ideals of sisterhood, it's true: Few tippers are stingier than professional women dining out with men. Exceptions to the rule are remarkably rare. That's why servers dread certain convention traffic, and always steer the check presenter away from the lone woman at a table.
I wish I could do the enlightening here, but I have no idea what causes female bigwigs to under-tip. Has the wage gap left them that much poorer than their fellow execs with y-chromosomes? Are they trying to prove they can mistreat women as well as their male peers? I sincerely hope that's not the case.
What do you think? Is Ohlund's assessment on the mark? And is there a valid reason why women tend to be the least reliable tippers at the table?