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Posted: 7/24/2002 3:58:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/24/2002 4:00:18 PM EDT by Badseed]
Just curious. The pizza guy thread got me wondering. I do the ole' around 10% thing. Unless the service is really good. Most of my friends have moved to the 20% range just because. An obligation to tip is just silliness. But alas. I'm the last of the cheap-asses I fear.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:03:19 PM EDT
15% - 20% depending on service. I've been known to tip NOTHING if the service is lousy. There're so many "actresses" or "actors" around here that they feel like you're jumping on them for asking for a glass of water.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:04:03 PM EDT
i used to always give 3 bucks but I have been going to 4$ now Keving67
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:05:14 PM EDT
When in an establishment I rarely go to, around 20-25%. In a place in which I'm friends with the staff ,anywhere from 90-100%. Since one of my jobs involves working in a bar I depend heavily on tips so when I go somewhere I'm usually a generous tipper unless the service bites ass. Alex
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:05:28 PM EDT
Usually around 20% but if the service is really good, Ill tip 25% - 35%
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:05:53 PM EDT
15%-20% also, but if the service is lousy, nothing, and I make sure I let them know why.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:08:16 PM EDT
I don't believe its an obligation,specially if its lousey,or I can't get any attention even if i take my pants off.If its decent I give the 15% If its real good and natural I'll be real generous,mostly cause I see my self in their position working hard to get the tips.If they've added to the enjoyment of a meal out I'm more than happy to give them a tip that'll make em smile.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:08:30 PM EDT
I will tip anywhere up to 30%, usually depending on the service. However, if the service is especially gruesome, I will tip ONE nickel and not talk to the waitress at all. These instances, thank God, are very rare.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:11:15 PM EDT
I leave about 15% just so i wont have to listen to my wife say i am cheap. if it was up to me i would leave 10%, thats enough.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:13:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:18:23 PM EDT
I start at 15%, and move up or down on the scale based on service. Average service will get whatever the closest whole dollar amount to 15% is. the_reject
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:20:11 PM EDT
BTW, I forgot to mention, tipping bartenders is not included here... Keep your friends close! lol
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:21:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:22:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DevilsAdvocate: However, if the service is especially gruesome, I will tip ONE nickel and not talk to the waitress at all. These instances, thank God, are very rare.
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I'm of the same school of thought. Seems to me that if you leave no tip, the waiter or waitress just thinks you were a bastard. Leave 10%, and they'll just think you were cheap. Leave them next to nothing, and maybe they'll be so pissed that they'll snap out of it and treat their customers with the respect they deserve. I once gave a waitress my $.02 - literally! Service was atrocious, food was just plain bad, took 45 minutes just to get a drink, then another 30 for a refill after the glass was empty. Place wasn't busy at all. So I took two pennies out of my pocket and set them on top of the bill and left. the_reject
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:22:38 PM EDT
I've probbaly spent way more time and money at restaurants than most people (I've spent too much of my career travelling), and I've gotten to the point where I start the tip at 20%. It will go up or down depending upon the quality of the service. One thing I don't do is increase the tip if I'm in one of those places that tells me that they add 18% to the bill for large parties (anywhere from 4-6 or more). If the service is poor, I will complain loudly and vocally to the management. If the service is excellent, I will apologise for not tipping more than they've added to the bill. Frequent enough good restaurants and you'll find that good service is worth the tip.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:23:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:27:09 PM EDT
I can remember when I thought even 5% was too much. Now I usually tip 15% [i]of the price of the meal[/i] without even thinking about it. Times change. By "price of the meal," I mean without the drinks. $1.39 or more for a soft drink is just too much. I don't want to pay an additional 15% on that already large mark-up.z
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:28:12 PM EDT
Worked as a Bartender in a Japanese Restaurant through College... I tend to be generous-(25%+). If the service sucks, on the other hand, I have no problem paying for the food and leaving $0. Tips are EARNED.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:31:09 PM EDT
I used to work in a resturant in high school. Them tips and getting to screw some of the waitresses made it worth while. As a customer I get kinda pissed when I get bad service because I know for the most part I gave a good service. I'm not much on complaining or argueing but if it's real bad I've been known to leave. I do a lot of business lunches and as long as the glass stays full and I/we are not interupted when we are going over something important I'm a happy camper. Very good service will get about 25% to 30%. Average service is double the tax. I reserve the right not to tip or just a buck or so on poor service.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:40:33 PM EDT
Whenever I go into a restaurant, I already figure that my tip will be 20%. If I get extraordinary service, the waiter will get 25%, if I have to look around just [u]once[/u] to get a ice tea refill, the tip will stay at 20%, notwithstanding otherwise exemplary service. If I have to look around twice for a tea refill, we're talking 15%, max. More than that, I'm taking some silverware with me![:D] Eric The(Gourmand)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:51:37 PM EDT
I tip 15%-20%, but I would prefer the situation in Europe where they paid the staff correctly. I would rather have the price of the wages in the entree, I think it is fairer to the waiters. Too often bad food or slow service isn't their fault.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 4:58:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EricTheHun: More than that, I'm taking some silverware with me![:D] Eric The(Gourmand)Hun[>]:)]
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Now [b]that[/b] is funny shit! [:D] ..and oddly enough I figured porn would be winning...
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 5:06:14 PM EDT
I guess I'm gonna be the first to admit to it: I'll use 20% as my baseline, and I aint hard to get along with if my servers are anywhere near good they'll get the 20, if they are excellent they'll get 25, if they are hot and show some tit when leaning over to fill a glass or clear salad plates then they get [b]much more[/b]! Jake
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 5:09:54 PM EDT
It all depends on how the service was. If I dont get my food in the order it was intended (salad, the main dish), or I dont have a drink for a length of time, or dont get checked on, then they dont get a dime. I believe people should work for their money. If they dont please me then they make the $2 and hour or whatever the joint pays them.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 5:11:03 PM EDT
Reminiscent of a "Reservoir Dogs" cafe scene. . . I grossly overtip and never regret it.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 5:28:43 PM EDT
I usually tip 20%. More if the service is really good.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 5:44:23 PM EDT
$2-$4. I don't "do" the percentage thing, the cost of the meal has no relation to the quality of service it seems
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:00:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Avtomat: $2-$4. I don't "do" the percentage thing, the cost of the meal has no relation to the quality of service it seems
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Same here... oh well.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:07:19 PM EDT
[red]T[/red]....oo [red]I[/red]....nsure [red]P[/red]....ersonal [red]S[/red]....evice......Thats what it means,no personal service.....=less % tip.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:16:21 PM EDT
Tip hell! If she's pretty she gets the whole thing!
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:26:01 PM EDT
10-20% for starters depending on how nice the place is, or doulble the tax. However, much like ETH if I have to look for the waitperson just once, I start knocking that percentage down sometimes all the way to zero. Yes I have done the 1cent tip. And the $25 cents in an upside down glass full of water. very easy to do, its a visual instruction though. Really pisses them off.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:27:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Pangea: Tip hell! If she's pretty she gets the whole thing!
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You must spend a ton @ Hooters [:D]
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:27:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:39:29 PM EDT
This may come as a shock, knowing as you all do how cheap I am when it comes to buying AR stuff. But I tip well. I've only been a service person once, but I have been around them most of my life (dated a waitress and a hostess in my short love life). I want to be remembered by service people. For good things. That being said, I don't blame service people for bad/overcooked/undercooked food unless they neglected to mention it on the ticket (I've asked to see it once or twice...I don't dine in the kind of establishment where this is frowned upon...remember, I'm cheap!). If they keep the icewater coming, serve with some kind of personality, and do a little hustle getting my food to me while it's still its intended temperature, I make sure my gratitude is spoken in the green folding stuff. We all have to make a living. The fact that I eat at Denny's, Steak & Shake, and Waffle House all indicate that I barely make a living myself, but I don't go breaking someone else's rice bowl if they're doing a good job. I tip 20 percent most of the time, rounding up. I've tipped higher when the service was excellent, and it has been. The WORST service I've ever gotten was at Jerry's Deli on Ventura Blvd (Near Whitsett) back in 1989. The waiter was too busy flirting with the girls to serve us. He got 3 cents. He came out after us and complained about the lousy tip. One of the guys with me explained to him equally loudly about the tip reflecting the service. Funny, the service was better in the early 80's. Service has to be pretty freaken bad for me to leave my insulting 3 cents. I've only done it once. Panz [bounce]
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 6:45:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By lordtrader: And the $25 cents in an upside down glass full of water. very easy to do, its a visual instruction though. Really pisses them off.
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I [red]REALLY[/red] want to know how to do this!
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 7:28:31 PM EDT
A regular place that I like the food, I will always leave a buck. Any place chances I will never be at again I leave nothing unless the service was above and very beyond.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 7:42:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 8:14:58 PM EDT
My wife waitressed all through college and never lets me forget how it sucks. But if they are bad, SHE won't let me tip them. Nada. If good, about 20%. We have one place we go to regularly and eat dinner and drink occasionally. Always sit at the bar--the bartender is now our buddy--he gets quite a good tip--35% usually.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 8:56:08 PM EDT
I usuall leave 10-15% depending on service. I usually base my tip on if my drink is full vs. having to wait for more to drink. medcop
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 9:05:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/24/2002 9:12:07 PM EDT by bigyeti]
I only eat cheap breakfasts and lunches so the tip is less money but a higer percent usually 20 to 30% On the occasional large or family meal, it's down to 15% 20% if exceptional service... [beer]
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 9:17:42 PM EDT
Fortunately for the service industry I haven't mastered complex math. So I came up with this simple formula: Roughly 20%. I take the total, double it and move the decimal point, or something like that. $26 tab x 2 = 52. So somewhere between $5 and $6. Adjusted to the level of service. If the waitress is really hot I won't move the decimal pint at all...
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 9:20:32 PM EDT
I usually tip 15% unless the service really bad them they may get nothing. Here another ? Do you guys tip at buffets??? We have 2 small children and frequent Old country buffet quite often. My kids sometimes make a mess so i make it a habit of leaving a couple of bucks. I see plenty people leave nothing at buffets.
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 9:27:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thedave1164: I have this arguement all the time. a Tip is a gratuity, for going above and beyond just being an order taker and server. That said, I never tip less than $5.00, as I have 2 little girls that do leave a small mess, and when it is just me and my wife we tend to spend in the area of about $40.00 If the service is really good I will tip in excess of 20% But if service sucks, I leave no tip and I inform the manager that they have lost my business.
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Assuming you have been to the restaurant before, why would you think it is the managers or restaurants fault that you got a server that did a poor job. 99% of the servers there could be great but the 1% is going to cause you to bitch and complain?
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 9:31:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dnra: [red]T[/red]....oo [red]I[/red]....nsure [red]P[/red]....ersonal [red]S[/red]....evice......Thats what it means,no personal service.....=less % tip.
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I always thought it was T..o I..nsure P..roper S..ervice.....
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 9:35:46 PM EDT
15% usually. College friend told me that was the going rate (as of the late 90's.) If she's cute.......maybe more..... (yes, pig I am.....sometimes).
Link Posted: 7/24/2002 9:44:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/24/2002 9:48:01 PM EDT by Booth]
I use the Champagne method. Ok, I'll tell you. In Champagne, they arrive at a market price for "perfect" grapes and call that the 100% price. Then, they downrate the grapes offered for sale by the growers to reflect their deviation from the ideal. So, when I sit down for dinner, the tip starts at 20%. Anything that annoys me or is clearly sub-par service subtracts some percentage from "ideal" service. And, if they go above and beyond - so does the tip. Yes, I'm in the wine business - Midtown Wine & Spirits in Memphis, Tennessee.
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