I have a lot of moments where I feel like people are so dumb that I have to scream at them (fortunately, I’m really great at avoiding it). But the one instance that always really gets me going is the “why can’t I have a table for just coffee?”
Here’s the thing about getting a table. Sitting down at a table at a restaurant means that there is a human being that will be watching over you and making sure your experience is going well. They bring you drinks, refills and the food. They argue with the kitchen for you so you can do that “one little change” that you need.
These human beings make most of their living off of their tips. So, logically, they want to work for larger tips. Sitting you down at a table for coffee means your bill is only going to come out to a few dollars. If you’re a smart person, you base your tip off how much the bill was (or if it’s really excellent service, off how great you thought they were).
A table for coffee will typically award the server around a 3 dollar tip. Often these tables will stay for an hour to an hour and a half, just having coffee. So, instead of getting a table that’s ordering food and tipping well, they’re stuck serving people who don’t really want to be bothered with the server at all.
To top it all off, that three dollars isn’t even all going to them. About 40% goes to bussers and runners, and another 20% goes to the bar because they make all the drinks for the servers. Thank you for sitting at one of our tables for an hour and only sending your server away with less than a dollar. Don’t waste their time, drink your coffee at Starbucks.