We are often told how much to tip, but we don’t have any lesson on: When to Not Tip.
Here are a few situations where you should not tip your waiter or waitress
(For simplistic, I will just use “waiter”)
If you don’t think you will ever be back to this particular restaurant, then there is no need to tip. Just go. Because that will save you some money for the parking meters which is more important.
If your waiter told you that “I will be with you in a minute”, and he came back after 1.5 min, then you don’t have to pay any tip. He broke a promise.
If the waiter bought you a glass of water without asking you, then you don’t need to pay tip. He is being a smartass, and smartass should not be rewarded.
If the waiter looked over the baby at the next table and commented how cute the baby is, then you don’t need to tip him. He was clearly distracted. Unprofessional. Duh!
If the waiter threw any foreign word at you (Italian or Japanese, or Mexican…etc.), then you should not tip him. Because this is America, and we speak only American here. This rule also applies oversea in any other countries – because you are an American.
You will be a happier person if you follow my advises.