"As we finished eating, I was going over in my head how to approach the bill. I was treating, but I didn't feel like we should be paying for one of the entrees. I mean, I couldn't take it out of the tip. It wasn't likely our server's fault and withholding the gratuity on $25 wouldn't really be much of a trade-off...
...I leave $5 on the table, which probably confirms most of my readers' suspicions that I'm not just frugal, but inappropriately cheap...
...In the end, I figure that bad tippers and burnt customers is the cost of doing a booming business for Lulu's and for our server."
Okay so it took forever to get your food, that sucks. But you get an entire meal comped and then you proceed to completely shaft your waitress, who was nothing but nice the whole time? One would think that a foodie would understand that a waitress is not a line cook and often times a server will catch hell for even suggesting the kitchen speed up. Plus, getting an entire meal comped is not a common practice. She probably had to beg her manager for it and possibly, just possibly, she may have had to eat some of that meal's costs out of her own money at the end of her shift. Punishing her because of a crowded restaurant and because "They (Lulu's) made a shitload of money that brunch service" is sad. The restaurant probably did rake in the dough and you should punish them by not returning.
I don't think I know the waitress in question, but if anyone can direct her to this post, let it be known that a drink and a shot is on me anytime. We all (in the industry) put up with a lot of crap with nary a frown, but c'mon??? 5 bucks on a free meal?
Some people should know better. Again, nothing personal against the Foodie, but I gotta stand up for my people sometimes.