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Cheap Tippers

  1. realtalk247 profile image69
    realtalk247posted 13 months ago

    What does it mean when a person tips poorly and what does that have to do with dating? Bad sign.
    What does it mean when you are on the date and the person tips inappropriately when the service has been great and your waiter/waitress has serviced your need personally.

    #1. No class. I'm sorry but you should know how to tip appropriately.
    #2. Selfish. If you are one of those people that take out your phone and activate your calculator to provide a tip to the penny-this is a sign of selfishness.  Are you a person going through life calculator your interaction and transactions as well?  Who does that?
    #3.Lack of social graces.

    What does tipping poorly say about the character of the person? What are your theories?

    1. Live to Learn profile image82
      Live to Learnposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I don't think it necessarily reflects poorly on the individual. I was a waitress once. I remember a couple from my home town came in. An older couple. They called me over after the meal and said they wanted to give me something. It was fifty cents (on about a $40 tab). They were so excited to give it. They honestly didn't have a clue.

      But, I agree that the people who whip out the tip calculator are usually cheapskates across the board.  If I were on a date and the person paying didn't tip well, I'd simply pull out some money and make sure the tip was appropriate. It can be done with grace without embarrassing the other individual and they might learn something in the process. Or not. But either way the server gets paid.

      1. erorantes profile image31
        erorantesposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Tips are from 25%, 20%, 15% from the total amount expended on the service we used. Also, we need to reward the server according to the service he or she provided. Your date is a very smart person. You are a lucky girl.

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 13 months ago

    As an immigrant I often did not realize I was meant to tip for certain services and I never knew how much to  tip as online advice is all over the place If the customer is a foreigner it makes more sense to just let them know. It may be a new and confusing custom.

  3. calculus-geometry profile image86
    calculus-geometryposted 13 months ago

    Your posts frequently have no basis in reality, and this one is no exception.

    Your argument against people using a phone app to calculate a tip makes no sense.  Many people cannot figure out what 20% of a number is in their heads, let alone add the tip amount to the price. That's what the phone is for.  They can just write down whatever numbers they see on the screen.  Most payments are electronic these days so it makes no difference if the total ends in cents or is a whole dollar amount. There's no shame in this and as long as the server gets his gratuity there is no problem.

    1. realtalk247 profile image69
      realtalk247posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      You're funny. If you don't like my articles I respectfully appreciate your decision not to follow my work.
      Wow. "Many people can't figure out 20%."   According to math concepts and skills calculation of simple percentages are learned between the ages of Ages 8-11.

      If you responded to this post because you disagree the amount of tip has nothing to do with character, point taken.
      See how I can state my point without attacking the writer?

      1. calculus-geometry profile image86
        calculus-geometryposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        As a long time math teacher I am in a better position than you to say what people often can and can't do regarding mental math, and I am telling you many people cannot do 20% of something in their heads without a calculator. With a pencil and paper sure, but who is whipping out a  notepad and pencil in  restaurant to figure a tip? Get "real." (after all, it is in your username.)  People use the phone calculator because they don't want to embarrass themselves by calculating it wrong, or look like a dummy by taking to long to calculate it in their heads. 

        So you're telling me you've never met a person who is bad at mental math?  Then I wonder if you have ever met many people in real life because your posts tend to make sweeping generalities about people that do not match "real"ity .

        And this is not your article, it is a public forum post that anyone can read and comment on.  So I have read it and am commenting. If you don't like someone disagreeing with your sweeping generalities, maybe before you post you should ask yourself if what your positing is an overly broad (and wrong) characterization of people.

        You still haven't provided any justification for your odd opinion, i.e, why you think using a phone to calculate a tip and leaving a tip amount that ends in cents is a sign of selfishness.  Perhaps the word you were looking for is "stinginess," but still that doesn't  make any sense either. The person is using the calculator precisely to figure the minimum tip amount  to avoid being stingy.

        And in case you're wondering, I figure tips in my head.

        1. realtalk247 profile image69
          realtalk247posted 13 months ago in reply to this

          Have a blessed day. Thank you for your input. Interesting opinion.
          True some people may not be the best with math. From some women's experience men who tipped by calculator never tipped above the minimum-now that's not an absolute rule of thumb but experience which can be different for some.

          1. Live to Learn profile image82
            Live to Learnposted 13 months ago in reply to this

            I would think you are probably right. It makes sense. People who round aren't concerned with the pennies. People who are concerned with the pennies, if they are tipping above the 15% could round down in order to easily determine their tip and still stay above the minimum. The only time a calculator would be an unavoidable tool is if you tip the minimum and don't want to go below that point.

      2. gmwilliams profile image85
        gmwilliamsposted 13 months ago in reply to this


  4. Aime F profile image84
    Aime Fposted 13 months ago

    Ha, well, I pull out my phone to calculate and I've never tipped less than 15% in my life, even for underwhelming or downright bad service. I usually figure out what percentage I want and then round UP to the nearest dollar or whatever number gives me an even total - not because I don't want to tip a penny more than I have to. wink I am just terrible at math.

    I was a server for 6 years and I didn't really care to assume anything about some random person's character just because they didn't tip me well.  I know nothing about them and I don't think you can fairly judge someone's character based on how they tip. If they were really nice but tipped poorly I usually assumed they just didn't know what an appropriate tip was or they didn't know how to calculate it. Or maybe they don't have much money but wanted to do something special by eating out and tipped what they could. If they were rude the whole time and treated me like a servant and then tipped poorly then sure, I might roll my eyes and think some unkind thoughts but I still wouldn't pretend to know if they were a selfish/unclassy person.  Maybe they were having a bad day.  Maybe their mind was somewhere else and they didn't realize how poorly they were treating me.  It doesn't necessarily excuse them but I also don't think it's right to base an opinion on who they are as a person because of a single bad experience I had with them.

    1. realtalk247 profile image69
      realtalk247posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Okay Aime F. Good point. You round up on your tip-cool-and you use your calculator. Interesting. Cool.

  5. Aime F profile image84
    Aime Fposted 13 months ago

    I'm a fairly educated person but I would probably fail a math test made for 8-11 year olds if you put it in front of me right now. lol

  6. realtalk247 profile image69
    realtalk247posted 13 months ago

    Here's a tip on how to tip without calculator needed. Here's how to tip 20% and up.
    Take 10% of the check and multiply it by 2. You can determine 20% tip and if you choose to give more than you can.
    Mathematics in action:
    10% of $40 = $4. $4 x 2= $8
    Divide $40 by 5 = $8

    When I consider providing a tip, while I do consider service, I also remember people earn their living off of tips.  So if a waitress/waiter is good to me then I'm good to them.  If I frequent an establishment often, it would behoove me to make sure my "tip legacy" creates the desire for people to service my needs.