In polite society, isdiners are expected to leave a reasonable gratuity for the server (not the proprietor)since servers are generally not compensated to the degree you might expect; they even have their own minimum wage! At a restaurant with good food and competent service, 15% has been considred the polite minimum for years. More recently 20% is closer to the norm; but a very low(5 or 10%) tip is the diners way of saying they Were not happy with the food or the Service.
Eurowoman's apparently unfamiliar with socitetal norms, however I can well imagine that Chef-Owner Tim Lyons was genuinely concerned over a low tip and wanted to know whether: the food was nor up to his uniformly high standard, the service nonprofessional or the customer was rude and thoughtless. By now the truth behind Eurowoman's experience should be clear to anyone that can reads or has been in Blu's Seafood & Bar.
An inquiry, to be sure that the customer is as happy as possible, is not a confrontation, rather it is the right thing to do and even should be taken as a compliment by the diner. I suppose Eurowoman was so embarassed over her thoughtlessly rude behavior, in front of her friends, that she felt compelled to lash out.
Eurowoman, before you venture out again may we suggest that you cosult Emily Post or any other book of etiquette so you can avoid embarassing yourself and your friends in public with your behavior.
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