Tipping At Buffets and Special Preparation
General question and I'll be brief and to the point.
At Buffet restaurants where you pretty much do your own serving and the waitstaff's task is simply to validate your receipt and refill your drinks in some cases worth the standard 15-20%. In most cases, the dishes are bussed after you leave and for the most part the server does little more then greet you. Under our state laws, these servers are allowed to be paid below minimum wage, so tips certainly are part of their wages.
Let's take this one step further.
Many buffets have line workers cooking items to order such as Sushi or cooks preparing items in a wok or custom to your request. These are server employees. Should they deserve additional compensation in the form of solicted tips each time you you request an item? The tacit expectation if you don't throw a generous tip, you receive a minimized amount vs those that throw a tip to the tray or kitty.
If I pay for a buffet and tip the server beyond the reasonable expectations of minimal service, should I also be required to tip line workers to receive a reasonable portion?
Try applying this concept to a cafeteria where the guy slicing the turkey or roast beef has a tray full of dollars and the portion you receive is predicated on how much you throw into the the tray.
I'm just wondering what you folks think.