tipping is always at the discretion of the customer.
i'd like to think that my generosity makes up for some who choose not to ever tip.
waitstaff are like entrepreneurs, whether they know it or not, and the good ones know how to work their patrons, just as good business people know how to work theirs.
i am black and i have always tipped.
i am offended that anyone would automatically add on a tip of their choice to my bill because it's up to me to decide whether to tip, and how much to tip... and i don't eat at those establishments except for if it's a group situation and/or i am not choosing the venue.
tipping is my choice, my choice, my choice.
not playing devil's advocate (although some would call me a heathen)... this is really how i feel.
oh, and did i mention that i am black?
i know lots of black people who tip. they are my homies.
i know lots of black people who do not tip. i realize that because of this, people assume that black folk don't tip.
i wonder if bad treatment by waitstaff can result in no tip from a black person who usually would tip.
i know lots of local blacks (west indians/caribbean people) who tip, and at 15% or above.
they tend to be educated, traveled, and socially sophisticated, just as in any community this would be correct.
i wonder if it's more cultural than based on skin color.
i wish people would stop assuming things about me because i am black, but it's not going to happen... so i just do me.