Picking up the check.
So the other night I had some Hockey players in for dinner and another table wanted to pay for their dinner.
All nice and tidy except for the fact that every time I wind up having someone pick up the table they neglect to take care of me.
So as I was talking to the waiter who's table was picking up the bill, I told him to run the card on my table, but no way in hell was I sending it over without the automatic gratuity.
Especially since their bill was decent and no way was I going to risk either getting stiffed or a mediocre tip.
By twist of the serving gods he combined checks instead of just running the card on the two bills and while the grat carried over on my bill it was far less than 18-20% of the total bill and they left him nothing at all after the grat.
Even though it wasn't even 10% of both bills.
My table, while happy about their ticket getting picked up, predictably left me almost 5%.
Boy was my friend pissed as was I.
We servers take care of our own, I shared the combined tips, no matter how low they were.
So if you are kind enough to pick up the check, or lucky enough to have your tab picked up, think for just a moment about the person that also took care of you, it takes but a moment to figure out the tip between the parties and to make sure your server is included in your generosity.