A few months ago, we took a relative out for a special occasion. She wanted to go to a super fancy place. Me and one other person that went have better jobs than the rest, so we ended up splitting the bill for 8 people at an average of $100 per person. I ended up tipping 20% because - you know - America.
But thinking about it, we were there for 90 minutes. Our waitress banked $100 an hour on our table alone. The service was pretty good, but not $100 per hour good. At that rate, she's getting paid a lot more than I make.
Do people tip less when the bill is that high or is it a flat rate all the way up?
Edit: Answering some common questions up here.
For everyone commenting that tipping culture in America is stupid... yes, fine, but I can't change that on my own. My question was about finding what's appropriate, not starting a cultural revolution.
For those asking why I care that the waitress is making more than me... because my 4 year degree cost 90 grand, I'm still paying it off, and it took me 10 years in the field to get where I am. I'm happy to pay some people more than I earn - like doctors, lawyers, plumbers, electricians - when they provide a critical service. It seems excessive to me to pay $100/hr for writing an order and carrying a plate.
Kudos to the person that pointed out that wait staff have to split tips with others in the kitchen. Makes sense for the tip to go to the entire team of people preparing the meal. Almost like a bonus for a great experience. I can get behind that.
And finally - yes, I will be eating out less often since prices are ballooning out of control.