As a former restaurant worker, I always tip at least 20 percent. I've even been accused of over-tipping. I've found if you regularly dine at the same place, this is a good idea because they'll be happy to see you.
Servers remember those who didn't tip well. They respond accordingly. They especially remember customers who tipped poorly and were pains-in-the-butt.
But what happens when you have really, really bad service? Should you tip then?
I'm not talking about bad food. I'm talking about an experience that is bad due to the behavior of a server. Say you're seated and the entire wait staff ignores you for an extraordinary amount of time.
Or what if your glass remains empty for the entirety of your meal?
Or your entire party receives their meals and there you sit, waiting for your food while they eat.
Or you wait for an eternity for your check...and it's your lunch hour...or you're trying to get to a seven o'clock movie. Or your server was really really really rude.
Do you still tip 20 percent? Less? Nothing at all? Or should you leave a good tip and complain to the manager? This dog has another idea...
How do you handle bad service in a restaurant?