Some of you might have seen a little business card being passed out to customers by servers and bartenders with our logo on it. It's called a TIPS (The Insidedish Preferential Service) Card. Okay... here's how the insidedish TIPS card works: Imagine if you, as a server, had a card you could give to your customers to discreetly let them know that you're worthy of a 20% or more tip (cops give similar cards to their friends, they're called PBA cards). It's an understanding between you
and the customer before they sign their check. Here is the scenario: You have a party of 5 people that haven't paid their check yet and that you can't add gratuity to them, for whatever reason. They were good customers but the check is $300 and you're expecting at least $50 as a tip and don't want to take a chance on getting stiffed. So, you "drop the check" to the head of the party with a TIPS card, explaining that they were great customers and here is a little something for them to use at their next restaurant (I'll explain the customer's use below). Tell them that it's a tool, much like a PBA card that will get them better service if they give it to their next waiter to keep, shortly after they get sat for a meal. Or, they can just take it out and let it sit somewhere on the table until the waiter asks to see it. That's all! Whether they ever use it again is not your concern. Your concern is that you'll almost definitely assure yourself a 20% tip or more while doing them a favor by giving them a useful card. Why? Well... read the card.
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Your customer should feel honored that you gave them this special card to keep and use in another restaurant. They'll feel priveledged that they have an "in" with someone in the business now. They'll read the card and know that they now have to give you a 20% tip or more. Most likely, they'll want to without having to read it. Win/win for both of you!
As a customer, it'll work much like a PBA card does when you get pulled over by a police officer. This is how the customer will use it somewhere on his next dining experience. He/she will take it out upon sitting at a bar or table and keep it somewhere the server will see it or, will just let the server keep it to use on his/her next guest. The server will now know that the customer is a good tipper! The server, if he/she is smart, will give that person the best service possible, which is what they want from you! If it's used at the bar the bartender just might offer up a free drink or two. The TIPS card works. Use it well!