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Got to thinking of this topic after looking at my year -end giving(2012) to church where we tithe 10%, and all of a sudden thought..wait a minute..I give 10% to the Lord and 20% to a waitress? That don't sound right..do it! HOW MUCH DO YOU TIP?
Not trying to be a Scrooge, we usually give between 15-20% to a waiter or waitress IF the service and the job they do is decent and they are friendly......I usually try to judge the person and think of "am I helping them"....if its an early breakfast, the bill is going to be small and so the tip would be small..but most of those waitresses and waiters are out early working hard becasue they really need it.......we cannot affort many fancy places so that is a different matter as one does not "want to lose face" by being a cheapo......my wife has all of a sudden goten real tough on the tips we give as she is looking at us being retired and what we really can affrord....I guess I am a sucker for the college students and we talk to them a lot, get their "story" and almost become friends at the meal..its hard to play a "Jack Benny" to them.....One thing I am in favor of is "ending a message" if coffee is not refilled, if requests are not filled(i.e. more iced tea please", etc....or if the food is not good....
Whats your Opinion? What have you Experienced?
This post was edited by Bigjimmie 16 months ago
20%. My dad owns a hair salon, and he taught me to always take care of those that take care of you.
One thing I like to do if I'm eating at a place where I've been a couple times before is to start requesting a waitress who I've noticed has done a really good job before. One thing that this does is that it makes her feel good and she'll try a little harder knowing she was requested. I'll then tip her around 20% or maybe a little more because it was a good experience. It's a win/win for everyone involved.
I grew up in restaurants and I believe it is a sliding scale. I tip more than 15% if the bill is low or the service is excellent. I tip 15% if the service is acceptable. I am also not afraid to not tip at all if service is poor. I also tip on the total bill including tax . I have also given a more than 20% tip to waitress that was excellent even when the kitchen screwed up and I had gotten the meal for free or significantly discounted.
This post was edited by woodywasking 16 months ago
If this service and the person is just plain awful, then less, probably 15ish.
Depending on the size of the bill, if this person is good and you can tell they are working hard to make that effort with a great attitude, the 25% range.
Most of those people are good people working to make ends meet, whether young kids working for school or others as a second income for a family.
I would rather tip those people better than waste disposable income on other things people typically waste their money on.
20% I used to work in the service industry so I know how it is.
Always tip 20% unless they do something noticeably bad or the bill is really big ($200+, especially when it's just a couple people eating). Generally $4-5 for the pizza guy. Three bucks to the valet guy, $3 to $5 for the luggage guy.
Hate tipping for carry out, but I often do a couple bucks. If it's a long taxis ride ($90 to the airport) I don't add much ($5-10), I feel I gave the guy a good fare. Short rides I'll tip more. About 40% to the chick that cuts my hair, she has huge boobs. I've stopped adding tips to room service at the hotel, because they seem to be adding 15%+ service gratuity to the bill already.
A lot of the world doesn't tip. It feels really weird when you are in another country and don't add anything to the food bill or give anything to someone at a hotel.
I wouldn't give anything to the church.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by SoCal0Buck 16 months ago
I spent more than ten years waiting tables and tending bar so I am a good ripper because of it. I normally don't go by percentages I just kind of give what I feel is a good top, but it's rarely ever less than 20% and for a breakfast that's low priced I find it's normally closer to 50%.
We were at a resturant in Lexington Ky about 10 years ago and I paid on a credit card, and when autiting by bills a month later saw where some one had scratched out what I had put in as a tip, on the bill and doubled it! I found out later that that had happened to all of those at our table! Nice! I called the resturant and they told me "that the guy was no longer with them"....fine I said, but what about the overcharge? I can't remember the outcome, but that is really bad business....
I used the excuse that because both of my kids worked their way through school in restaurants that I was obligated to pay higher tips than most and many times because my company was paying for a lunch or dinner there was not problem giving 20%. However, I am retired and am giving larger tips now than when I worked. I honestly thing that the economy is so bad and the workers hit the hardest were the restaurant workers because now not many are full time and they have no benefits because they are part time employees. So I tip on the stupid end much higher than the average.
Another thing that has always bothered me is: many restaurants have soft openings where they invite family members, tv, radio and politicians, where the food is free and the service because it is a soft opening is great because the kids that work there want to keep their jobs, the people that go to these tip poorly. Because the meal is free they only reach in their pockets for a couple of bucks because they see no bill. When I have a free meal, the tip is usually 50% of what the meal would have cost. I am still saving money because I normally would pay 100% of the cost and then at a 20 to 25% tip. I saved and the wait person made out on the deal.
While overseas I tried leaving a tip and was surprised when the waitress was actually insulted.
In NYC, I typically double the sales tax (8 3/8% times 2 = 16 3/4%) and then round upwards for normal service. I really appreciate the work that good waiters/waitresses do and often give 25% or 30% for excellent service. Recently, a friend and I had breakfast at a local diner with unusually good service and, for a $17 bill, left $30 (which is a 76% tip).
I tend to overtip when service is excellent and enjoy the smile on the server's face when we tell them to keep the change.
Happy New Year to everyone. Make a waiter or waitress very happy today !
Well said, I pretty much agree on all counts.
Is it necessary to tip carry out? I dont do it but I always question whether I should or not because they have a tipping section on the receipt. I guess I feel like I shouldnt because I had to drive to pick it up and nobody had to wait on me. I mean isn't it the restaurant's job to make the food? Do I really need to pay someone $1-2 for ringing me up and handing me the food? These are honest questions.
For good service 15%, for great service 20%. For bad service I have not tipped or have given less than 15%. Left a penny once to really make a point. My wife and I eat out a lot and often get pretty good wine ($50-80/bottle), I only tip 10% on the wine. We often generate $150-300 bills for two of us with wine so even a 15% tip on food and 10% on wine is significant. I have never tipped for carry out.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by NEOhio77 16 months ago
3/4+ of the time I don't. It annoys me they even ask, but sometimes I feel generous. If they bring it out to the car I do 100%.
For carry out it depends. Of you're picking up a pizza or chicken at KFC then no. But of you go to applebees or fridays and order carry out you should definitely top at least 10%, because the person handilling your food has to make all of the sides, salads, ranch cups, silverware etc... This is actually quite time consuming and the person has top out at the end of the night for the bar and bussers and their sales counts with carry out so believe it or not it could actually cost that person money at the end of the night to handle your carry out.
To give you an idea how it works. The server or bartender who handles the carryout will pay the bus boys 2% of their total sales and the server tips the bartender 2% of their total sales. And on busy nights they'll have a food runner that they top out 1% of sales. So that's 5% off of the top. The servers and bar staff normally make 2.13 an hour, so it's the restaurant who makes the money. Not the waiters.
It depends on the attitude and service of the waiter/waitress. It also depends somewhat on the total cost. If my meal only costs $12, I'm going above 20%. They are working just as hard as someone as a more expensive place.
Good job: 15 - 20
Poor job: 10 - 15
Pretty much this ^^. I usually tip fairly large 18%-25% if there is actual service involved (and the service is good), but only about 10%-12% on bar tabs. I always try to overtip the pizza guy because those are pretty unfulfilling jobs that pay crappy and beat you car into the ground.
You see that sign that says 'Rib Tips'??
I used to use the Mayo test. I would order a side of Mayo for my French Frys. If the Mayo came with the food I gave a bigger Tip if it didn't they got a smaller Tip. 95% of the time if the server wrote my order down I got my Mayo if the server didn't write it down I didn't get it. I don't do this so much anymore because I have quit eating so much Mayo.
We used to frequent 3 or 4 Bars around town. At the one Bar I always tipped the Bartender really good, after a couple nights of tipping really good, as soon as he would see me come in the door he would go get my brand of beer and have it waiting for me by the time I got to the Bar so that was well worth it.
This reminds me of a story. My wife and I used to go to this mexican place down the street once or twice a month during the week. We would usually get a couple of pitchers of margaritas at like $20 per (huge profit if you have not guessed). I once asked for some sour cream that did not come with my $15 fajitas and when I got the bill they charged me $2 for it. I asked the waiter and then the manager to take it off which they refused. I threaten to never come back and they still refused. I have never gone back into that place again and that was 15 years ago. The place is still there.
This post was edited by NEOhio77 16 months ago
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