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comment How should I tip if the food is good but the service from the waiter/waitress is terrible in the USA?
@Gusdor That is sometimes how the real world works. But other times, a manager needs the work done, and has to convince someone to take on additional responsibilities – by enticing them with a promotion. And on the flip side, some managers see that the employee is already doing the work, so why promote them? And that is exactly the sort of behavior that MikeScott is promoting as “fine” for how waitstaff are compensated.
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comment How should I tip if the food is good but the service from the waiter/waitress is terrible in the USA?
@Gusdor In theory, you are never supposed to work above your job description. Your boss wants you to take on more responsibilities, wants to add to your job description, then he has to promote you first, change your job so that the new job description includes new responsibilities. In practice, this sometimes happens and sometimes does not, but people who get additional responsibilities piled on them with no concomitant increase in job title and/or pay are frequently advised to take this up with management on this very site because that is not how things are supposed to work.
May
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comment How should I tip if the food is good but the service from the waiter/waitress is terrible in the USA?
@MikeScott And again, that is how literally no other industry works. Someone who is promoted too far and cannot handle the new responsibilities may be demoted (though they usually aren’t), but for as long as those responsibilities are part of their job description, they are compensated accordingly.
May
19
comment How should I tip if the food is good but the service from the waiter/waitress is terrible in the USA?
@MikeScott In every industry I can think of, this one excluded, taking on more responsibility is something that’s supposed to get a promotion or raise up front. If there are too many customers, the server is working harder, responsible for more things – and that should mean they’re seeing more recompense. So no, it is not “fine” for them to get the same income when they have to serve more people, do more work and take more responsibility. That’d be the same as telling a salesperson their quota has gone up, but since they’ll have to sell more, they’ll get less per to make it “balance.”
May
19
comment How should I tip if the food is good but the service from the waiter/waitress is terrible in the USA?
It is perhaps worth nothing that some places are more expensive than others: 15% is a kind of poor tip in New York City, for instance (traditionally the typical tip is twice the tax, or 17.75%, but simply 20% for typical service is becoming more common).
Nov
7
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
@PetrPudlák No, it's acceptable to leave the nebulous non-invitation as a vague possibility (avoiding the rudeness of outright refusal) but not (or even never intending) pursuing it as a real thing. It's acceptable because there are myriad potential reasons why you are not starting that conversation, and because of how vague the invitation was, it leaves open the possibility that you cannot do so in the near future, but would like to at some point. That's generally good enough for politeness. So the other person won't be offended; they may be disappointed however.
Nov
5
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
This is also how Americans end up setting appointments to discuss making an appointment – "I can't make it then, would another day work?" "Oh, I'm not sure, I'd have to check..." "OK, let's both check our calendars and we'll figure it out tomorrow." Now they're both being specific – indicating genuine interest – but it's a sort of ridiculous step removed from the initial invitation.
Nov
5
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
I was thinking about this some more, and wanted to comment on "No, but we should meet some other time," which could be a polite refusal – it also doesn't have to be. It could simply mean that the person is interested, can't make the proposed date, and doesn't have another date to suggest. In this case, however, that person will typically prompt you for specifics ("No, I can't make that; do you have another day that would work for you?") because an American will (might) recognize that the nonspecific version could be interpreted as a polite refusal.
Nov
5
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
As an American, I can confirm that this is accurate, per the parenthetical. I can also confirm that plenty of Americans find it just as annoying and confusing as @Kenny does!
Sep
17
comment Bought economy and was issued first class ticket?
@Ana As an American, the one (round-trip) time I flew with Avianca, they easily surpassed my expectations from American airlines. The food, in particular, was far better than I've ever had on a domestic flight.
Jul
13
comment Where is this picture taken from (in Taiwan)?
He said in the question that he did a reverse image search...
Jun
15
comment Is there a difference between green traffic lights and blinking green traffic lights?
@MrOBrian New York City notably bans right turns on red unless specifically posted, which it is in a few places, plus in at least one location (39th and 1st, if I remember correctly) there is a specifically posted legal left on red for a similar situation. Of course, one-way to one-way is the norm in NYC, but general traffic levels (particularly pedestrian traffic) make rights on red unfeasible.
Mar
19
comment Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?
+1 for it not being “Indians” – as a native New Yorker, it sounds like Times Square. That’s just how things are in very crowded tourist traps.
Feb
9
comment Are petrol prices in a USA state the same in every Petrol Station?
The Holland Tunnel thing is easily explained, too: gas prices in New York are massively higher than New Jersey, both because of taxes and because of much higher rent. People going inbound are entering New York, and that $3.34 is the cheapest they’re likely to see for a while. Those on the outbound side are entering New Jersey, and will probably see even-cheaper gas the further they get from a major tunnel.