Okay so I need to get something off my chest. A friend and I recently went out for lunch at “Fresh” a Vegan/vegetarian restaurant at Bloor and Spadina (downtown Toronto). Hanging out with my homie Fay is always an adventure, and this particular day was really no different. We’d never been to Fresh before so we figured it was time to try something new. The staff seemed friendly and the food wasn’t too bad. I ordered the Vegan BBQ burger and Fay wimped out and ordered the sweet potato fries and some
sort of taco.
I guess she wasn’t feeling too adventurous, or maybe there wasn’t any “Real food” on the menu to her liking (she’s a strict carnivore). Anyways we ate our meal and joked around with the server, who I might add wasn’t even our actual server, we had some dude called…Mike? Needless to say his service was non-existent. Our bill came and the logical thing to do was not tip the man, I mean why not right? Here’s what bugged me. As we paid for our meals he said to me ” I noticed you didn’t tip, .it’s generally customary to tip at a restaurant” . this left me in shock, I wasn’t sure weather to laugh or cuss him out in all honestly. I did find that highly unprofessional, given the fact that the service from him was non-existent. having worked in the restaurant business for many years i do understand the importance of tipping for great service. I also know that giving a tip is a choice that we make as consumers based on the service provided to us. If you want a good tip, or any tip at all your work should reflect as such, and you as the server should not be demanding a tip. Needless to say I won’t be going back to that restaurant any time soon.