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Local Waitress Reveals Who Tips
By Amber E., Garden Valley Collegiate, Winkler, MB

In my small home town of Winkler, Manitoba, citizens have a reputation for being cheap mealtime tippers, but this cliché was refuted by a local waitress, Annie Thiessen. Thiessen, who has served at the Golf Course in Winkler for 15 years, is currently employed at the local Heartland Inn.

Over the years she has noticed some tipping patterns. "Teachers are the worst tippers." Thiessen admitted. Other generalized statements she made were that doctors were good tippers, men tipped more than women, and that seniors as well as students tipped less, especially teenaged boys. Despite the reputation Winkler citizens have for being cheap, Thiessen has noticed no difference between locals and visitors when it comes to tipping.

GVC student, Peter Thiessen, feels that he is a generous tipper, but doesn't tip if he is using his debit card to pay because he feels it is too much of a hassle. Other teenagers say they forget to tip at times, but are more likely to think about it if the service is outstanding or a waiter goes out of their way for them.

"However much change I can afford to give away." responded one student when questioned how she determined how much to tip at a restaurant. Annie Thiessen felt that students often tip less because they don't have very much money. She also thinks girls who have been waitresses usually leave something since they have been on the receiving end.

The biggest factor in determining how much a person tips isn't a customer's age, home town or occupation, according to Annie Thiessen but the personality of the waitress. She says, "Even if they [customers] get a really bad meal, if the waitress is really, really nice, and really apologetic about anything that may have been messed up, then people will be more generous."


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