I think the waiter/waitress either gratted themself before running your card on purpose or by accident.
The main reason I started this was I was thinking about that Preacher who wrote "Why do you get 18% when god only gets 10%?" Which was stupid and obvious she didn't know the difference between a tithe and a tip.
I just thought maybe that is the new deal at that crappy place.
The dollar amount doesn't bother me. I get how servers get paid. But this is my issue. Had our food been right, and our drinks refilled (a cardinal sin to me not to refill at least once) and not had to deal with kids pouting over dessert when I made a point to tell her to make sure they both come out at the same time.
I probably would have given her 20-25% because when the bill is that low, whats an extra couple of bucks?
Just I felt it was crappy to be forced to pay for bad service. Though again, my idea of stiffing is 15% and no matter how bad, I would never ever tip less than 10% and I'm talking about horrible service. Because servers have to tip out and pay taxes based on % of order totals. I just can't do a Canadian Shuffle.