Are you a big tipper or do you think you already paid enough for the meal?
We always, ALWAYS tip--we may tip less if the service is terrible, but we would never tip less if the food wasn't good. That's not the waitress' or waiter's fault.
I think many people have no idea how little wait staff is paid--far less than minimum wage! They heavily rely on their tips for their livelihood--and most of them work very hard to please us.
I tip depending on quality of service - a lot of the servers get minimum wage (or less!) and therefore rely on tips. I also tip in Cash - if you add it to the check (in the US anyway) - it is automatically taxed - so giving Cash actually ends up giving more....
As a person who works in the food and beverage industry, I can confidently say, that tipping is a requirement, unless you enjoy endorsing slave labor. Most states have a reduced wage for waiters and bartenders. For example, the state in which in reside, Oklahoma pays servers 2.13/hr. They are depending on your generosity and common sense to provide for their families.
If you can not afford to tip, you most likely cannot afford to go out to dinner.
I do tip the standard 15% for bad or moderate service, 20% for good or great service. But I do wish that service was added into the price. I have had dinners at very expensive restaurants (for me) and when a table for 6 comes to $300, tipping $60 is hard to justify when I feel the woman at Denny's works just as hard. A Denny's waitress tip on $60 generates $12 on a 20% tip. But both the $60 and $12 dollar waiter/waitress work just as hard and are just as friendly.
I generally tip 20% as a rule. I used to work in the restaurant industry, and it's true that servers and even bartenders rely on tips as their primary income. For a restaurant doing well in sales, the regular check a server gets is usually eaten up by taxes because they have to declare a certain percentage of sales as tips even if they didn't make that much.
If I am especially pleased with the cleanliness of the restaurant and the polite manners of the staff, I will be inclined to tip more. I think tipping is proper, and that it's better to hand over dollars to hard workers in restaurants than to people who do nothing and cheat the taxpayers.
(I am not talking about people who've lost their jobs and need temporary help, but rather those who pretend to be disabled and who refuse to get jobs when they can.)
We're not required to leave a tip in restaurants in Australia. But I'll leave a decent tip if the service and the meal have both been noticably very good.
If the service is average or below average strictly 10%. I know that a lot of people in the service industry rely on tips so i try and reward the people who perform good service. If someone is rude then I will occasionally leave nothing.
I love tipping good workers because if they are going to do extra work and be a pleasant person to be around than they earned the extra money. I still do tip those who are bad waiters and waitresses but maybe 5 percent less. So instead of getting a solid 20 percent tip they earn a mediocre 15 percent. I defiantly agree with thoughtgrazer about how tipping is a requirement, but there is no minimum. The lowest I'll go, even if the waiter/waitress is absolutely horrible is 10 percent.
I don't believe in tipping just because it's customary. I get very annoyed when the gratuity is automatically added on to a check. A gratuity is gratitude to the server for their good service and if I don't get good service, I don't like feeling like I have to tip. This is a customer oriented, service industry job, and a tip shouldn't be expected for just any service. I worked for years in a full commission only job, and if I didn't work hard and do a good job, I didn't get paid either.
I tip between 20% and 30% of the cost of the meal; I tip at the higher end if a friend and I have occupied the table for significantly longer than the time it took us to have our meal, to compensate for the tips the server might have lost from us sitting there so long. I consider the tip to be part of the cost of the experience of eating out. It has nothing to do with the cost of the meal (except as a percentage) because the prices are on the menu and I'm aware of the need to tip before I even walk into the restaurant. I also try to tip well because serving is hard work and that's how servers make their money, and I know some of their customers won't tip well.
by dabeaner 11 years ago
Restaurant tipping: Seems like most think 15% or more is good, but....why should a waiter (not gonna use the politically correct term "waitperson") get 15% if your bill is $50.00 and another get only 15% on a $15.00 bill? That is, why should a waiter in one place get more than...
by Leroyworld 4 years ago
I learned today that according to the National Restaurant Association, the industry norm for tipping waitstaff is 15 to 20 percent of the bill. This is, of course, from a school course. What I would like to know is:1 What are you expecting from the waiter/waitress in return for a...
by David Livermore 8 years ago
How much do you tip a bad waiter or waitress?This has been a hot bed of controversy each time someone fails to tip, tips very little, or leaves a rude comment.If I receive bad service, I leave a small tip. If it's so bad that I have to complain, I don't leave a tip at all. One example...
by Ness 9 years ago
Would you still tip in a non-tipping country?If you are from a country where tipping is the norm, would you still tip when traveling to a non-tipping country? I'm from Australia and tipping is not the norm at all, although I tend to tip when eating out if I like the service and if places have...
by dwheela 11 years ago
Why do people stiff their server in a nice restaurant?servers have to tip out to bus-ers and the bar on the total dollars of food sold. If diners have not tipped correctly or at all, the server basically had to pay to serve the table that didn't tip them. If the food was bad, tell...
by daisynicolas 9 years ago
Do you approve of tipping dog groomers?It puzzles me when I see a tip jar, or when asked about it directly considering $50 is stiff already as a basic grooming fee.
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