Monday, June 23, 2008

Tipping Off...

So, I remember reading the newspaper the other day, and came across a letter to the editor where a couple from overseas griped about the fact that as they were settling their bill at a local restaurant, the waiter had bellowed: “Would you like your change?”

In their estimation, this equated to a form of extortion as the waiter was effectively demanding an additional tip on top of the 15% gratuity included in their bill. And, the waiter (the bastard!) had the audacity to shout this across the restaurant (gasp!), and placed the complaining couple into a very embarrassing and uncomfortable position.

Now, apparently the complaining couple, who had been visiting the Cayman Islands often throughout the years, was so negatively affected by this transgression that they went back to their North American abode, and decided to write a letter to bitch about it. They viewed this as the ultimate sign of the denigration of our fair isles, and (gasp!) had the potential to affect them to a point where they may never return!

I know that I would not be shame to shout “Hell yes. Gi’mme me change,” to the waiter across the restaurant and make a graceful exit, so I really cannot understand how this could have been their biggest irritation point. Not the murders, traffic, the road deaths, or the burglaries which feature so prominently in the Caymanian press nowadays. Or, even if they had bitched about the flicking forced 15% gratuity included in the bill, I would stand up and say ‘hallelujah!’ I mean, why is a restaurant forcing me to pay gratuity, especially if the service is crappy??? Now that pisses me off. I can clearly remember quibbling with the waiter and management of a local restaurant once after I had decided to deduct the 15% grats, because the service was crap. Talk about a close encounter. By the time our…ahem…”debate” was finished, they wanted to call the police, and I wanted to call the restaurant association. I had never been back to the establishment since, and would like to think that I played an active part when it closed down. I dunno if that is the case, but it does my heart and ego good to think so.

All I know is, by the time I finished reading the stoopid letter, I just rolled my eyes in disgust. So many other things they could have griped about the islands which is evident to the nekkid eye, and they goin’ bitch ‘bout this little ditty. I mean, why not say something to the waiter? Management? Instead, you’re going home and write about it…what a load of crap. Get a grip and get your priorities straight.

On that note, I shall now exit.




bakannal said...

'FRO! 'FRO! RASSTOFARI! I CAN'T GET THE FONTS ANY LOUDER THAN THIS! LOL. way u been hidin gyal? bannas cruise thru hay an all i seein is flippin santa post. in flippin june. lol. jus happy to see u back up babes. watagwan?

Anonymous said...

Yes it is about time. I am reading another woman's blog but every now and again I had to peep over to see you.

I disagree with you regarding the tourists letter. Majority of tourists only see one part of society and are not here long enough to experience or witness the "ill" parts of society. Them blasted tourists always think the native are baclwards so to hell with them and their views. It is the responsibility of the people of Cayman to write, talk, and protest. If they are not doing it and are more concerned about other "trivial" issues then that is where the focus should placed.

Glad to see you back!!


Abeni said...

Welcome back!

Lol.I would be definitely asking for my change if I wanted it. Tipping bugs me in that it is expected even when service sucks.

Leon said...

I'd ask for my change. Those people are complete strangers, 99% of whom I'd never see again.

bakannal said...

who started that tripe about tipping tho? i mean, they do get paid rite?