Originally Posted by Master Zik
Caring about what ()s say behind your back cuz they can't say it to your face is LAME. It just makes you an insecure lame.
Separate checks is always the way to go. All the time. It's not even 6 separate checks. It's who's tipping and who is not tipping.
You don't have to care, which is why I said it is "your choice" but that wasn't the point anyway. Do you expect the chef to come out and say you disrespected his abilities by ordering his signature dish like a 6th grader does his school lunch salisbury steak. No, they'll try to cater to you so their waiter/waitress can get a decent tip...but that's not coming either. 12 separate checks too please!
The system is screwed up, but food costs are high and mom and pop diners get by on the slimmest of margins. They keep your food affordable by paying the waitress so little, with the expectation that people will tip 15% on average. Would you rather pay $20 plus your unwritten but expected share of a $4 tip, or have it be a wholly fair system and pay $40?
Telling waiters and waitresses to go find a better job or start a union is easier said than done. If people have such an issue with the system, why do they want to punish those making less than minimum wage instead of the chains that bring in millions? If you're so strongly against the system, why not boycott it? No, we would rather write up essays justifying being cheap and place blame on the little guys.
You talk about lame, but you would really go on a company dinner with your coworkers and boss and ask for separate checks so you can skip leaving a tip? This is no different than inviting your friends over to watch the game and you have them save the plastic forks to be washed, its 110 degrees but you won't turn on the A.C., and you decided against high definition because the cable company was trying to get an extra ten bucks. You have the right to justify all these things, but no-one around you will enjoy themselves.
We live in a society where we will spend $300 on shoes or headphones that cost little to make, but can't drop 2 bucks on a dinner tab because of our principles.