For many people, going to a restaurant is a dining experience. Not only is delicious food expected, good service is too. But almost half the waiters in a new study admit that they give inferior service to African-Americans based off the perception that they don’t tip as well.
The study was published in the Journal of Black Studies where 200 waiters described black customers as “picky,” “demanding” and “rude.”
However, the study may not be completely comprehensive as the subjects were 87 percent white from chain restaurants in North Carolina.
Below a Huffington Post article about the study, “Ramal” commented:
“Having “served in the trenches” many years ago, I have to say the perceptions stated by the waitstaff in this article/survey are too often correct. However, there are exceptions to everything and good service should always be given. After years of doing this one does pick up on certain constants: men generally tip better than women; the elderly and the rich (Or those wishing to be viewed as “rich.”) usually don’t tip that well. Often too, the poorer the tipper the more service they demand.”
Have you ever worked in a restaurant? Do you think these stereotypes hold true? Do you notice different treatment based off race, age or gender? Let me know what you think in the comments.