To The Herald-Whig:
This holiday and every day, remember to be generous to servers, bartenders, delivery driver, etc.
Have you ever been a waitress/waiter? Or a food delivery person? If you have, you are probably respectful and generous to others who have this job. From personal experience, I can tell you it is a challenging profession. You are at the mercy of the customer when it comes to tipping/gratuity. Both of my adult sons have or have had all of these jobs, and some of the stories they tell me about how they are treated from customers is upsetting.
Not everyone gets stellar service all the time, but when you do have an excellent server, bartender or delivery person, please be generous and remember that they may have to split their tips with multiple people. Many of these occupations are not required to pay minimum wage, so tips are extremely important.
If you can afford a $50 meal or bar tab, you can afford to give your server at least $7.50 if they did a good job. Some establishments include gratuity for large groups, and some do not, so please take a moment and find out. Typically, a delivery driver is using his or her own vehicle and paying for their own fuel. Pizza Hut charges a $3 delivery fee. This does not go to the driver. No one is getting rich in this profession.
Please make sure hard-working servers and drivers have a happy holiday too.