While some might argue the economic benefits of re-opening restaurants, theme parks, shopping malls, and such, the fact remains that we are still putting people at risk.
By now it's become crystal clear that people aren't going to sit at home despite knowing that the pandemic is very much still a thing. No matter how many experts stress the importance of being taking every precaution possible to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus and inevitably passing it on to those around us, with several states relaxing their lockdown regulations, people are going out to public areas in droves. While some might argue the economic benefits of re-opening restaurants, theme parks, shopping malls, and such, the fact remains that we are still putting people at risk.
The service industry, in particular, took a hard hit with COVID-19 going on a global rampage. Servers who were already earning the bare minimum and relying on tips to pay their bills have been left with no choice but to return to work to get by. However, since social distancing regulations require restaurants to accommodate fewer diners than before, the money they could potentially make through tips in a day has also considerably gone down. This is exactly why those of us who do go out need to open up our wallets wider than usual and tip our servers more than the standard 20%.
Not convinced? Let me break it down for you. Here are 14 reasons why you should tip your server more:
Setting up the outdoor seating in Shirlington Village as NoVa reopening gets underway. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/wIm3Me6dMZ— Julie Carey (@JulieCareyNBC) May 29, 2020
customers really come up to me and ask “when this whole covid thing gonna be over?” Lmfao bro idk let me go ask my manager— adri (@rofnl) August 5, 2020
THE AUDACITY. pic.twitter.com/BsvpjaVStv— Ali Siverhus (@Ali_Siverhus) August 3, 2020
List of reasons customers complained (Part 2)— Sarah Richer (@SarahRicher_) July 18, 2020
-I told them they had to pay inside
-a SIDE of STEAK didn’t come with his meal
-I looked a little sweaty (it was 95 out, you’re the reason I’m sweating)
-a bird was chirping too loud
-the fries were touching the burger@TipOrGoHome
I know some of you are still out of work, but fear not. The customers are still the same. Only they’ve gone from seating themselves at the only dirty table in the restaurant to asking you to speed up the CDC regulations of time between being sat at a sanitized table @TipOrGoHome— Nixster (@OriginalNixster) June 9, 2020
My friend is a server making minimum wage during a pandemic and there are really people like this pic.twitter.com/lI8uVu8dTq— Samar Khurshid (@samarkhurshid) August 8, 2020
The thing that really sucks about restaurants having to seat everyone outside is that on rainy nights they get zero business. Worth it not to spread a pandemic, but man, I feel bad for servers and bartenders these days.— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) August 7, 2020
Posting this as a friendly reminder to tip your waiters/waitresses. We are working in direct contact during a pandemic with no extra pay 😊 pic.twitter.com/5Qp3xUU249— jojo (@Pepsiiidelrey) August 11, 2020