I saw a $40 charge on my credit card from Applebees. The server rounded up my bill and decided, in addition to the cash we left, that he deserved an additional $18 - an over 100% tip. I ended up calling the manager, who said the waiter forged a new copy of the receipt and had disposed of the old one.
This disgusted me. I always, always leave at least 20% because I know it can't always be fun waiting tables and I would rather be remembered as the nice person who left a decent tip then a jerk. I just don't understand why, after leaving a good tip and being polite customers, this guy felt the need to steal from me.
Although there's no real 'justifiable' reason to steal, as a former waitress myself, I would be a heck of a lot more sympathetic to someone who stole from a table of jerks, rather than someone who tips well. I won't ever go back."
"Back during the days of high school, a couple friends and I (with no car) went to an Applebee's and ordered waters. Then, we all split the cheapest appetizer. When we paid for the bill, it was only about $6 for all three of us. We ended up leaving a $10 bill for the total dining experience.
We left and headed down the street to a gas station where another friend was working. When we were leaving, a car screeched to a halt in front of the station. A guy got out and started swearing at us and screaming about how we didn't tip his girlfriend enough. Then, he complained that we needed to go back and pay her more money.
The best part about all of this is that I kept the receipt with her name on it. We went back to the Applebee's. Not to pay her, but to get her fired for her boyfriend threatening us."
"The location was a restaurant in Chinatown in Manhattan. I purchased a milkshake and my seven other friends mainly bought drinks. The quality of the milkshake: terrible - ice cream plus crushed ice plus water, but mostly water. The service: terrible - we ordered quickly and behaved in the restaurant, but they wanted to kick us out so they could close early.
The tip we left: 10% - we decided that it was more than enough for the way we were treated. Their reaction: they chased us down the block and demanded 15%. We gave them about a dollar in nickels, pennies, and dimes. They told us to keep the pennies."
"We went to a restaurant with my entire family to celebrate some occasion and the waitress was horrible. First, she ignored us. Then, she argued with my mother over which salad to order. Finally, when my mother ordered the salad she wanted instead of the salad the waitress recommended, the waitress refused to bring out the salad.
My dad wrote a giant zero with a slash through it and complained to the manager, saying that it was the worst service he had ever experienced.
Once we got to the parking lot, I watched in horror as this woman ran to block us from leaving our space and screamed at my dad for a good 10 minutes about how big of a jerk he was. My dad stayed calm and simply said, 'You've just proven to me that you don't deserve a tip from anyone. Get away from my car before I call the cops.'
When she continued screaming about how he didn't know a thing about restaurants, he laughed in her face and told her that he owned the competing restaurant (true at the time) and would never hire anyone as rude and incompetent as she. We haven't been back since."
"This happened to me at an old favorite sushi place I used to go to which I, sadly, have not returned to. I was picking up the bill for myself and several friends. I put the bill on my card and paid the tip in cash (two tips really - one for the server and one tip for the sushi chefs, which was about $80 total). Everything was great, as usual, for the service, food, and night, except the server saw I did not include a tip on the receipt.
She made a big guffaw noise and then said, 'What? No tip?' She then got very angry and vocal and threw things at me in front of my friends, telling me, 'Get out, cheap American.'
Everyone was stunned. But that was nothing compared to the manager's reaction.