Sundays called worst day for tips, East Texas tipper put to the - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Sundays called worst day for tips, East Texas tipper put to the test

Tips on Sundays said to be worse than other days. (Source: KLTV staff) Tips on Sundays said to be worse than other days. (Source: KLTV staff)
Wasabi in Tyler. (Source: KLTV staff) Wasabi in Tyler. (Source: KLTV staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

How many of you went out to Sunday brunch this morning? For many, it’s a weekly tradition after church. Sure, the crowds might be larger on Sundays, but how about the tips?

One website called Sundaysaretheworst.com was set up by a Tennessee pastor to let servers vent about the Sunday church crowds. He explains on the website that Christians have a bad reputation when it comes to Sunday lunch and he hopes to change that stigma. The site says it is for those who serve at a local restaurant to share how they get treated when the church crowd comes in. Every server who writes in receives an apology from the church and a chance to win a gift card. We spoke to local servers to see how the church crowd in East Texas stacks up.

It’s well in to the Sunday brunch rush at IHOP in Tyler and server Chelsea Elsten is hoping for a big payoff.

“Right now I’m trying to pay off my car right now and get that all taken care of and then I’m saving up for school as well,” she explained.

She’s worked at IHOP for five years and is largely paid in tips.

“It was $2.00, so I guess, as long as you get one it’s great,” she said with a positive attitude after picking up a low tip.

Though the crowd is often large, she says sometimes the tips are small.

“We’ll get more tables, but if the tips aren’t really that great then it doesn’t kind of average it out,” Elsten explained.

We left Chelsea to try to butter up another table for a bigger tip and checked in with server Jordan Hooker at Wasabi restaurant, in Tyler, to see if Sundays really are the worst.

“Yes, from what I hear, people at other restaurants, it’s a true statement,” Hooker admitted. “It’s only on Sundays. They all come in groups. Individually, they’re fine, but when they come in groups it’s kind of different.”

By different he means small tips, but says they do often come with a little extra something.

“Prayer cards, those are very nice. Try to get us to go to their congregations on Sundays, which is nice, but they got to understand, you know, Jesus doesn’t pay my bills,” he said.

We happened to run into a preacher back at that IHOP, so we asked, how do you tip?

“Completely based upon the service. If they do a good job I tip them. I’ve had a few times I’ve walked away and didn’t tip at all,” Rodney McDuff, said.

But, he says, that’s only for really, really bad service.

“It’s the worst feeling ever. You did all of this work for nothing and our pay checks are really small considering so pretty much your tips are basically everything,” Elsten said.

And this Sunday she’s hoping that very first tip isn’t the trend.

“That was $10.00 this time, so those are the kind we love to see all the time,” she said.

A 2010 study revealed that Christians tip an average of 17.3 percent for good service. The norm is noted as between 15 and 20 percent. Thirteen percent of Christian diners left less than a 15 percent tip, which was nearly double the percentage of non-Christian diners. So, the study concluded that Christians are more likely to stiff their servers than people of other religions or of no religion.

That website, Sundaysaretheworst.com, re-launches in 2015 for another round of server stories.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Longview traffic advisory: Lanes closed on Loop 281

    Longview traffic advisory: Lanes closed on Loop 281

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:11 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:11:47 GMT
    The Longview Police Department has stated that both north and southbound lanes of West Loop 281 is closed. The road is closed from Cotton to Enterprise has been closed due to an accident. Drivers are urged to use alternate routes if traveling in this area.  Motorists are currently being detoured around this location.   Copyright 2018 KLTV. All rights reserved.More >>
    The Longview Police Department has stated that both north and southbound lanes of West Loop 281 is closed. The road is closed from Cotton to Enterprise has been closed due to an accident. Drivers are urged to use alternate routes if traveling in this area.  Motorists are currently being detoured around this location.   Copyright 2018 KLTV. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Conference brings experts, enthusiasts in all things paranormal to Tyler

    Conference brings experts, enthusiasts in all things paranormal to Tyler

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:02:17 GMT
    (Source: KLTV News Staff)(Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Ghost stories and haunted houses have long been a popular past time, but just how much truth is there to the legends? "As Shakespeare said there are more things in heaven and earth then are in your books,” says Big Foot Expert Jeff Hurley. “There are things we don't understand." At the April 21, Paranormal Conference, experts in the subject came together to further explore their theories. 

    More >>

    Ghost stories and haunted houses have long been a popular past time, but just how much truth is there to the legends? "As Shakespeare said there are more things in heaven and earth then are in your books,” says Big Foot Expert Jeff Hurley. “There are things we don't understand." At the April 21, Paranormal Conference, experts in the subject came together to further explore their theories. 

    More >>
  • Health workers warn about bats with rabies

    Health workers warn about bats with rabies

    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:19 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:19:52 GMT
    East Texas animal control officers are warning the public to be watchful of bats that may carry rabies. Of the 17 calls this year to Longview animal control for bats, 6 bats were tested for rabies, 11 were released by the persons that were exposed to them. "Often time people that get rabies from bats, don't realize they've come in contact with one. People are the thing we can't control and that's who we have to get the message to," says Longview animal control officer Chr...More >>
    East Texas animal control officers are warning the public to be watchful of bats that may carry rabies. Of the 17 calls this year to Longview animal control for bats, 6 bats were tested for rabies, 11 were released by the persons that were exposed to them. "Often time people that get rabies from bats, don't realize they've come in contact with one. People are the thing we can't control and that's who we have to get the message to," says Longview animal control officer Chr...More >>
Powered by Frankly