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Old 07-04-2010, 01:01 PM   #301
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An ex-friend of mine used to do this all the time. We'd get the bill for the table, figure out what we owed + tip, and each throw in the cash. The ex-friend would then claim to not have any cash on him, and would scoop up the cash and pay the entire bill with his credit card.

After he did this a few times, I thought to look at the credit card receipt after he'd filled it out. He had left a $5 tip on a $100+ bill. All of us had contributed at least a 20% tip on our portions of the bill, so by pocketing our tips, he was basically getting his meal for free.

I confronted him about it in the restaurant, and he claimed that he didn't feel the waitress deserved more than $5 because "she hadn't been quick bringing me my (free) refills of Coke". He said this within earshot of the waitress, which made everyone uncomfortable. She had actually given us great service. I guilted him into leaving another $15 in cash from the money he had scooped up from the table, and he acted all angry and douchey about it as he fished the money out of his wallet.

Afterwards, one of the other guys who had been out with us that night mentioned that they'd seen him do the same thing on other ocassions, but he didn't want to make a big deal about it so he didn't confront the guy about it. He did the same thing that Klompy did -- he'd leave an extra tip on the table to cover up for the other guy's stinginess.
What's awesome about this is that he also determined that he deserves it instead of the waitress.

In my scenario, I didn't know the person very well who did this. It was the first time I've been out with him. I could only imagine that if I did confront him it would have ended incredibly awkward too. I'd WAY rather just bite the bullet on that one and remember to never go out to eat with him again.
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How many of the subjects of these stories are getting summarily friend-dumped?
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When i was young i was told i couldn't have a happy meal because the toys made them more expensive. My mother told me to find them in the ball pen when other kids have lost theirs.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:06 PM   #304
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And easier to store/transport. Gosh.

My mom refuses to use lights. Her house is often completely dark and freezing. I get it, that's fine, the electric bill is expensive - i'll wear another pair of socks. Problem is, she's not afraid to spend a boat load of money on practically anything else.
This is actually pretty common with all of the really cheap people I know. They'll fight over a friggen dollar when it comes to normal day expenses that everyone should pay, but they'll blow a few grand on some collectible item that seems important to them.
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He then took the receipt and split it 6 ways coming to $6 each. I thought it was pretty cheap but I didn't say anything, a couple other people grumbled.
He shouldn't have to ask you guys for $$, he took the time to buy all the stuff and cook, you guys should automatically pitch in.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:12 PM   #306
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I walked from downtown to the airport in LV in the summer (only 90 deg or so though I think) with a suitcase from a mixture of being cheap, not minding a walk, and underestimating how far it was.
That's got to be a 2.5-3 hour walk right?
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:13 PM   #307
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just wondering whats the deal with going out and "buying a round of drinks for everyone", whats the purpose of it ? in my new "environment" thats very common, and its really uncomfortable for me...i mean am i really supposed to buy drinks for 10 people which is my whole weeks earning, when i dont even plan to drink more than 3 for myself, and we never get more then 3 drinks together anyway before everyone splits up.. i think that system kinda always lead to akwards "hey why didnt he pay a round" etc, much better to pay for oneself..
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:14 PM   #308
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and i do have a tale of the stinge. an old friend would pull this move - he would call you up and say like "hey want to go to taco bell?" you'd get there, go inside, and he'd make sure to be in front of you in line. he'd place his order, then step aside and point at you to place your order on the same bill. if you gave a cross expression, he would say "you got me, right?" as if it was to be unstatedly understood that by accepting his invitation you would be paying for his food

there was a variant method as well, where if he was called out on having a "you got me, right?" planned ahead of time, he would say that this time he just got paid and does have money. so you go, order placed, then he pats his pockets and with an academy-award winning look of incredulous disbelief on his face would say "dude, no way..." indicating that he had somehow coincidentally forgotten his wallet.

i was telling another friend about these behaviors, and he seemed to recognize the moves. by the time i got to the end of describing "dude, no way" he already knew what the final words were because he had already been subject to the same performances.
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One of the cheap things people do that drives me nuts is the following. Go out to lunch with some co-workers and the bill shows up. I whip out cash and look at the bill + tax + a generous tip and add up what I owe. Sometimes on a $10 meal +1 tax Ill still tip like $3. Then one cheap bastard will usually whip out a credit card pay the total and take the cash but leave like a ridiculously cheap tip like $4.

This tilts me as I paid the majority of the tip and still end up looking cheap.

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I have an ex-friend that did this all the time, but he kind of lives on credit anyway, so it took me a while to figure out what was going on. I always get seperate bills with motherlickers like this. Definitely a factor in his defriending. Like a lot of other things in this thread, this goes beyond stinginess into stealing, but in a related fashion I suppose.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:27 PM   #310
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I saw a similar one once.

At the studio one day: "Hey, I'm going to Subway. You guys want anything?" Douche goes "Yeah, a 6" meatball sub". Everyone else orders. Someone comes in and says "I want Subway too. I'll pay." Douche changes his order "12" Italian sub double meat, double cheese"
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I saw a similar one once.

At the studio one day: "Hey, I'm going to Subway. You guys want anything?" Douche goes "Yeah, a 6" meatball sub". Everyone else orders. Someone comes in and says "I want Subway too. I'll pay." Douche changes his order "12" Italian sub double meat, double cheese"
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:29 PM   #312
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What's awesome about this is that he also determined that he deserves it instead of the waitress.
Before he started his little scam of scooping up our cash and paying with his credit card and leaving a minimal tip, he'd look for reasons not to leave a tip on his portion of the total bill -- which would result in our total bill having a slightly smaller tip unless the rest of us kicked in a few bucks more to cover the difference.

For instance, if there were five of us and our bills were $50 each, we'd each throw in $60 to give the waitress a 20% tip. However, the one cheapskate would announce that he wasn't happy with the service and wouldn't be leaving a tip on his portion. So now instead of us leaving a 20% tip, the tip would be about 16% or so. What would inevitably happen is that someone would angrily throw in another $10 to not short-change the waitress, and the cheapskate would say something to the effect of "If that's what you want to do, go ahead, but I don't think she deserves it".

Some of the "reasons" he gave for not tipping (sometimes more than one reason would be presented at the end of the meal):

1) Server didn't bring refills fast enough.
2) Server interrupted us while we were talking in order to take our order.
3) Server didn't take our order quickly enough.
4) Server took too long to bring us our food (even if the restaurant was completely packed and you could see the server running him/herself ragged).
5) Server brought us our bill without us having asked for it, making him feel that we were being hurried out the door.
6) Server was rude in some way that only the cheapskate noticed.

And my favorite:

7) Server "auctioned off the food". What this means is that the server would bring us our meals, but had forgotten who had ordered what. The server would announce what each meal was, and would wait for someone to claim it as their own. The cheapskate thought that this was completely unacceptable. Usually he'd sarcastically mutter "Go ahead and auction off the food" as the server announced what was on each plate, making everyone uncomfortable.

Eventually we all stopped wanting to go our for meals with him, and stopped inviting him along. Him stealing from us with his credit card scam was the final straw. It was amazing how much less stressful our dinners were without him being there.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:36 PM   #313
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really though, **** people like that.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:39 PM   #314
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:44 PM   #315
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:47 PM   #316
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lol, thought op said strangest
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:01 PM   #317
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This reminds me of when I worked at Home Depot. There were employees there that would clock out a min. late 4x a week and on the 5th day of the week, they would leave an hr early to "cut" time. Of course management was oblivious to this and never did anything.
haha I worked for HD too like 5-10 years ago and people (me) did this all the time.

Which also reminded me of the stingiest thing I've ever seen someone do...People used to return Christmas Trees looking for a refund -- ON BOXING DAY. WITH TINSEL STILL HANGING OFF THEM. Since it was in their 14 day "no questions asked" return policy, the idiots in management would give them their monies...
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:02 PM   #318
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I had a dream about this thread last night. It was a fitful sleep.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:10 PM   #319
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One of my customers asked me for one of my envelopes when he picked up his print job. Couple weeks later his cheque arrives in my envelope, with my logo covered with White-out.

Among the items in his order was 500 envelopes.
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^^Advanced planned stinginess/doucheness itt. This one made me laugh. The 500 envelope punchline did its job!
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:42 PM   #322
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A friend of a friend of my mother had a husband that would stand outside the bathroom whenever a guest was using it and hand out toilet paper, one square at a time.

My father's old employer was a notorious cheapskate. Once the employer and all his employees went to a traditional swedish christmas dinner. This is basically a monster buffet with a set price and you can eat all you want. Cheap employer then proceeds to start off the dinner with a big ass bowl of caviar. This way he could then "make a profit" on the rest of the meal
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:59 PM   #323
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LOL@ yarbles.. the cali scene is the best in the world.... "i get bomb exotics from canada" is just retarded.. where do you think canada gets there genetics? where do you think the world gets its genetics????
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:59 PM   #324
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I can't decide which story tilts me the most, but they're all insanely tilting.
I think the most tilting part is people not confronting the other people about this ****, except for that coffee shop guy and the dollar bill waiter, which was awesome...
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:04 PM   #325
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I think the most tilting part is people not confronting the other people about this ****, except for that coffee shop guy and the dollar bill waiter, which was awesome...
I wonder what it would be like to have an intervention with say, the guy who constantly begs people for some of their food. "Dude, I gotta talk to you. Please stop shamelessly begging your peers for food."
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am i really supposed to buy drinks for 10 people which is my whole weeks earning
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:30 PM   #327
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Last time I camped, we had some LCD-laced tea and this one dude chewed on the tea bag.

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As an employee, confronting someone about a low tip is stupid because it happens constantly. You'd last half a day on the job before getting fired. Also, it just makes you look cheap and petty. "Oh no you didn't tip me enough, I'll get revenge by making a scene."
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Had an out of town friend who once showed up to my apartment unannounced. That alone did not bother me, we were in our 20s and I liked to go out drinking with him so no biggie. The next day some other friends say let's meet at this place with great Vietnamese sandwiches. We were young and broke and they were delicious and $1.50. We head for the bus and my friend doesn't have enough cash for bus + sammie so I give him some change.

We get to the place and all chow our food, friend wants a second. Goes to the counter and orders 1 and asked to write a check (LOL). This is like 1997 so checks are not that outrageous a request. The counter person says no checks for less that $3. So he buys 2 sandwiches and comes back to the table saying "I had to buy 2 sandwiches so I could write a check, anyone want to buy one?"

I flip and tell him give me that muther****ing sandwich you cheap bastard who has slept at my apartment and bummed change for me to get to the sandwich place. Jesus Christ.

He is since a reformed cheapo but I have to remind him of this at every opportunity.
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If you heard about a bar that had a policy they would not welcome you back if you refused to tip--maybe not for one drink but for a significant (>$20) tab, how would you react?

Think they were pricks and never go there? Or think "good, cheap people suck and need to be told so"?
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Someone posted earlier about how these cheap asses often make horrible decisions regarding much larger sums of money and it's very true.

A few years ago some girl at work was complaining about how high gas prices had gotten and how she has this way of knowing what the cheapest gas places are and goign to those places etc.

This chick came into work everyday with a big fancy Starbucks coffee, probably at least 4+ bucks for this thing and it was there pretty much every day without fail.

Amazing that someone would jump through 1000 hoops to save 3 cents a gallon on gas but have no problem shelling out $150+ a month on fancy coffee as opposed to say brewing up some Foldgers at home.
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i dont consider myself stingy at all, but got called out by a friend the other day. i always tip ~20% at restaurants, but only for the food. i dont know how or why i started doing it (guessing i got it from my dad, who is the oppo of stingy on most things), but i dont tip on the alcohol drank throughout dinner. i always thought it was kinda rediculous to tip 20% of drinks especially on like an overly expensive bottle of wine. unheard of or somewhat normal?

i guess i am stingy if bringing alc into places is stingy. bringing in a water bottle of vodka is pretty standard amongst my friends when going to sporting events

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i guess i am stingy if bringing alc into places is stingy. bringing in a water bottle of vodka is pretty standard amongst my friends when going to sporting events
Standard and acceptable at places that rape you on price like stadiums and airports imo.
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i dont consider myself stingy at all, but got called out by a friend the other day. i always tip ~20% at restaurants, but only for the food. i dont know how or why i started doing it (guessing i got it from my dad, who is the oppo of stingy on most things), but i dont tip on the alcohol drank throughout dinner. i always thought it was kinda rediculous to tip 20% of drinks especially on like an overly expensive bottle of wine. unheard of or somewhat normal?
$1 per drink is my standard when I am out. I subtract the cost of drinks from the total. tip 18-25% depending on service, then add $1 per drink.
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$1 per drink is my standard when I am out. I subtract the cost of drinks from the total. tip 18-25% depending on service, then add $1 per drink.
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Wouldn't 20% tip on a drink be less than $1 usually? Unless you're going premium mixed drinks. If it's such a big deal to tip 20% on drinks with your meal, you should probably drink less. It's just funny to me how we get raped so hard on drink prices but then there's a problem with the tip.
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I wouldn't hesitate in saying "what about the tip?"

Seriously.

You can just play it off like, "hey, I think you mixed up the tip in there" or something as opposed to accusing him of stealing. This gives him a way out of it.

I know that's what I would do if I was someone do this. And if I accidentally did this I expect people I'm with to call me out on it as well.

If he freaks and overreacts and gets defensive then you know you caught him in mid-steal but that's not your fault. He's a douche and you aren't going to want to hang out with him again anyway.

So many of these stories I think the people around them should be stepping up to the plate to correct the "oversight" instead of having to tip twice and lame crap like that.
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If you heard about a bar that had a policy they would not welcome you back if you refused to tip--maybe not for one drink but for a significant (>$20) tab, how would you react?

Think they were pricks and never go there? Or think "good, cheap people suck and need to be told so"?
I don't want this (actually good) thread to get derailed into Tippingville. My quick thought on this, as a bartender, is that it's a bad idea. Tipping is not mandatory, that's the nature of it. If someone doesn't tip on a big tab at my place--which almost never happens--they just get the world's worst service from that point on, wait ten minutes waving their twenty in the air, etc.

There's one guy who comes in on the reg and drinks six or so beers and never, ever, ever tips a dime. He waits until everyone else gets served, and then if I see a table that needs cleaning or I have to take a piss, he waits for that, too. It seems worth it to him, though to save those 3-6 dollars, so w/e.
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Standard and acceptable at places that rape you on price like stadiums and airports imo.

Well, don't nightclubs (especially the fancier/nicer kind) generally rape you on drinks too? If it's cool for stadiums to smuggle it in then I'm not exactly sure why it would be so much more uncool for nightclubs. Not sure about that though. Just thinking it through.


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Wouldn't 20% tip on a drink be less than $1 usually? Unless you're going premium mixed drinks. If it's such a big deal to tip 20% on drinks with your meal, you should probably drink less. It's just funny to me how we get raped so hard on drink prices but then there's a problem with the tip.

The tale that he was giving was in regards to an overpriced bottle of wine at dinner. He wasn't at some cheap bar paying $4.50 for a Rum and Coke or something. So he tips 20% on the meal but doesn't include 20% on the $180 bottle of wine that he got with it or whatever.

I briefly dated a bartender at some private club/bar type of fancy place. So some multi-millionaire would get a shot or drink of something that cost $100 and she would get a $20 tip just for pouring it pretty much (and I guess being a friendly and professional presence there too). She thought it was completely ridiculous but, of course, wasn't complaining.
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A former cop here was notorious as the biggest cheapskate around, but the final straw was this gem.

There was a local restaurant owner (fried chicken place) that was very friendly to the local officers. Not only did he offer 1/2 priced food to officers, but did a ton of catering and always brought the extras to the police station for no charge.

One day, Cheapie went through the drive thru, bought the $5 special for $2.50 and proceeded to the station. Once he got there, he found out that the chicken place had just dropped off some food. He gets back into his car and drives across town and demands his money back.

Pissed off the owner so bad, no more free food and no more discount............
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There's one guy who comes in on the reg and drinks six or so beers and never, ever, ever tips a dime. He waits until everyone else gets served, and then if I see a table that needs cleaning or I have to take a piss, he waits for that, too. It seems worth it to him, though to save those 3-6 dollars, so w/e.

If the beers he was getting were draft (not bottles) I would probably consider pouring it a bit shorter or leaving a lot of foam on the top as well.
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:42 PM   #342
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Seriously.

You can just play it off like, "hey, I think you mixed up the tip in there" or something as opposed to accusing him of stealing. This gives him a way out of it.

I know that's what I would do if I was someone do this. And if I accidentally did this I expect people I'm with to call me out on it as well.

If he freaks and overreacts and gets defensive then you know you caught him in mid-steal but that's not your fault. He's a douche and you aren't going to want to hang out with him again anyway.

So many of these stories I think the people around them should be stepping up to the plate to correct the "oversight" instead of having to tip twice and lame crap like that.
TBH I would almost always say something in a scenario like I described. I just met the guy though. I'm new to his unit, and I simply don't have the "right" to be calling him out on stuff like this until I'm more familiar with everyone. I don't want to become the ******* right before heading to Kabul.
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There's one guy who comes in on the reg and drinks six or so beers and never, ever, ever tips a dime. He waits until everyone else gets served, and then if I see a table that needs cleaning or I have to take a piss, he waits for that, too. It seems worth it to him, though to save those 3-6 dollars, so w/e.
I ****ing hate this attitude. I'm pretty sure your job description says serving a customer takes priority over taking a piss or cleaning a table and that people should be served approximately in the order they arrived at the bar waiting to be served. You say it's not mandatory but then proceed to not do your job properly. You're the bigger douche here.
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The last time I filled up, the automatic pumper on the gas randomly stopped when the tank was like 1/3 full and I had to run my card twice. I felt very dumb.

I'm really surprised to see people posting about this gas-pump thing. Having to sit and wait for the slow trickle at the end was a super-common thing for everyone like 15 years ago.

I never have to wait for the trickle at the end anymore because all the pumps have those ATM-card swipey things and I never pre-pay in cash. Only exception is if I'm at some station where the ATM-swipey thing is out of order but that's pretty rare.
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:48 PM   #345
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If the beers he was getting were draft (not bottles) I would probably consider pouring it a bit shorter or leaving a lot of foam on the top as well.
I wouldn't do that, but I certainly make sure that bad tippers get the smallest possible (short 4 count) pour on liquor drinks. Good tippers get good drinks served quickly, that's how it works.
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I ****ing hate this attitude. I'm pretty sure your job description says serving a customer takes priority over taking a piss or cleaning a table and that people should be served approximately in the order they arrived at the bar waiting to be served. You say it's not mandatory but then proceed to not do your job properly. You're the bigger douche here.

It's standard and completely expected for someone who comes in regularly and never, ever tips. If I was a customer who behaved like that I would completely expect slowness to be the consequence. In fact, I would be surprised to ever get any service at all.
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Maybe he never tips because his service is always so bad.
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I ****ing hate this attitude. I'm pretty sure your job description says serving a customer takes priority over taking a piss or cleaning a table and that people should be served approximately in the order they arrived at the bar waiting to be served. You say it's not mandatory but then proceed to not do your job properly. You're the bigger douche here.
It's not in my job description to quickly serve every non-tipping ******* with a smile, my boss who owns the place does the exact same stuff when he bartends, and this is totally standard. I would say I'm actually nicer about this stuff than most service industry people I know, and it sounds like you're probably the guy tipping a quarter every second drink.
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Maybe he never tips because his service is always so bad.
No, he's infamous around town for this everywhere.

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I park my car up to 10min walk from certain places so I don't have to pay the parking fee. I just hate paying for parking.
Sometimes I take earlier exits and take little roads to avoid paying highway toll.

My dad has a friend who owns part of the family business and is very very well off (Multi-millionaire). He drives a really nice Mercedes but everytime there's the slightest downhill he engages the clutch "To save gas". He doesn't realise he pays more than what he saves "in gas" to change his clutch every 2 year since he uses it so much.
The same guy, whenever he goes to a restaurant and someone else pays, asks for the receipt so he can put down the expense for the Company to pay less taxes. He also does this whenever he's with someone that buys w/e from a shop. When I was a kid we went to the guys house for like a day or something and the only thing he had to offer us was tap water and some old hard bread with butter.
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