I have always wondered this. When I first began watching Extreme Couponers on TLC, I remember seeing the identical twins who were thrilled about it being their birthday. They featured additional items that you can score for free when it is your birthday.
A lot of restaurants will offer a “freebie” item on your birthday. It can range from a slice of cake, appetizer, ice cream, etc. I do believe the intentions are for you to come enjoy a meal, in which you purchase, and they will throw a freebie in there as a bonus for your birthday. There are always “THOSE people” though that take it to the extreme and come in solely for their free item.
On the show, the twins were treated at a sit-down restaurant and enjoyed their free ice cream. Never mentioned was any gratuity left, and it led me to question if they left any at all.
If you are expecting a free item, then do you expect free service?
Good rule of thumb to live by: if you do not plan on paying someone for their service, then don’t accept their service. Order your food to go.
I remember a few months ago that a single mom’s message to her waitress on her receipt was blasted on the internet. In the “gratuity” line it read something on the line of being a single mom and “Sorry”. She left nothing. Her waitress could very well have been a single parent that can’t afford to give free service.
I question extreme couponers because everyone is aware of how they do not expect to pay much at all for their products. Or, if they do indeed tip, is it also at a “discount” price? Normally, you take a percentage of what your bill has totaled. So, if it’s zero then…No tip?
Whatever the case, always tip when necessary- even if you are just sitting down for a free item.
I think there should be a law passed that automatically generates a tip in your bill. If you had extra special service, feel free to leave more. If you had poor service, ask to speak with the manager and discuss it. Just my opinion though.