Originally Posted by Andy M.
What's your opinion on this?
You (as part of a dinner party of two or more) are having dinner at a restaurant and you are between courses. Do you leave all the empty dishes where they are or do you collect and/or stack them to make the bus boy's or server's cleanup easier?
We ate out numerous times while on vacation the past two weeks and I observed this behavior and it has become a matter of curiosity.
What do you do?
I tip heavily by way of apology?
Seriously, I try to help, but there's a ruthless part of me that says, "You know, I've cleaned up 5-kid messes that took literally 15 minutes to scrape the leavings off the table before. This isn't too bad." So, for me it depends on the sort of attitude the server has had all meal. If it's been optimistic, high-energy and timely service all meal and he or she isn't even showing the first hint of, "Oh God, I have to pick all that up," then I'm going to tip pretty good and pat 'em on the back, tell them I've been there before.
If I get what seems to be a growing trend in some chain restaurants, the rolled eyes, annoyed-at-having-to-work look that makes me want to call over the manager and have them fired on the spot, I'll stiff 'em on the tip -and- call the manager when I get home. There is no excuse for bad service.