This was brought up by a recent conversation among some friends. Why do people (usually guys) tip poorly in a restaurant but give generously in the strip club?
Let me start by saying, the wait staff is paid BELOW minimum wage hourly, so they really do work for and depend on you to tip properly just for them to earn the bare minimum. The wait staff should be tipped 15% of the bill (before taxes) Tips, is actually an acronym that stands for “To Insure Prompt Service. Most people don’t know that and even fewer understand it.
Now both are luxuries, but a restaurant & its quality can vary, where a strip club is a more high cost expense and its understood that its expensive before you step foot in the door.
Well in my opinion its because the strip club is the entertainment, its known well before you arrive the people that are on stage work & earn their pay solely based on how you tip, its also known the more you tip out the more ‘generous’ the services become, as well as the services that are a flat rate. Strip clubs usually are seen as a “ballers” activity, you’ve gotta pay to play.
The amount you spend in a strip club creates a social status within that establishment. Now in most cases while in a strip club alcohol is involved and generally you can forget whats going on. When at a restaurant the amount of the tip can be directly determined by what is purchased. The people who can tip well at the strip club, but not while tipping the wait staff usually are not ‘ballers’ by any means and it shows. While in the strip club you can literally pay for attention & create a persona you can’t otherwise live out.
Its easy to see why people feel the waitstaff isn’t really ‘working’ they didn’t cook the food, prepare it or create the dish, they simply took an order, and picked up and carried you a plate. However the idea of the strip club is the experience, it makes you feel good, and people will pay for an experience that brings them pleasure, where with a restaurant its seemed as something you had to do anyway- eat. But with either service along with skill, you’ve gotta realize you’re paying for time, bills of the establishment and the entire staff.
So why tip big in the strip club? My opinion, because it looks good, its expected and its pleasurable. Why are waitstaff cheated, well I think one because of ignorance not knowing proper procedures & because of lack of respect to that profession. Now this is just MY take on it, but I wanna hear yours.