Be kind to your waitress and leave a decent tip |

Be kind to your waitress and leave a decent tip

On behalf of the waitresses working in Nevada County, I would like to shed some light for customers on the issue of tipping.

As consumers, you should be aware of the fact that waitresses are taxed 8 percent of every dollar amount that they sell, whether they were actually tipped or not. These are not restaurant rules, but government regulations.

As you may or may not know, as waitresses, we make most of our money from the tips we earn. So, how much should you be tipping? As a general guide, if you receive great service, 20 percent of the bill amount is generous. A 15 percent tip would reflect standard service.

In fact, some restaurants automatically add 18 percent on to your bill with parties of six or more. However, I feel that tipping a waitress for great service is the right thing to do.

When no tip is left, that is an insult and should only be done when you receive unacceptable service. In my own opinion, I feel that leaving a tip of 10 percent or below would warrant a conversation with the restaurant manager, so that the waitress may learn from the situation.

Lona Matheson

Grass Valley

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