I hate to sound a negative note, but it’s time to call a few DNC attendees on the carpet.
Word flying around the waiter and bartender network in downtown and LoDo is that the DNC crowd isn’t tipping very well. (Sorry, no names or locations here – you’re just going to have to trust me.) I’ve talked to several bartenders and wait staff at multiple places and they’re seeing a lot of 15%ers. Which is to say, people who are throwing down the default amount from a decade ago.
Said one waitress at a popular spot not far from the Big Tent, “they’re tipping okay, I guess, but they’re not really taking care of us.” A bartender from a restaurant near The Can said “I made a lot of money last night, but I made it all off of my regulars.”
Listen, those in the service industry, they’re “the people” we progressives claim to be working on behalf of. Very few ever get rich toiling in the restaurant biz, and my patience with this kind of hypocrisy is limited. Most delegates and media types won’t even feel the difference between 15% and 18-20%, but for a hard-working server, a couple nights taking care of those who appreciate what goes into making that restaurant or bar experience really memorable means … the rent?
So let’s start acting in accordance with our lofty people-empowering ideals, shall we?