Do you leave Tips at the table when you go to a restaurant?

Tips at the restaurant. - is it necessary to leave tips at the restaurant that you go out to eat every weekend? I dont think so, just wanted to know what others have to say about it!!
India
July 17, 2008 8:13pm CST
According to my mom, its a nice gesture to leave tips for the steward for the service rendered. But i beg to differ from what my mom thinks. Why do we have to leave tips when we are already paying service taxes for the service recieved??? I usually dont leave tips at the restaurant that i frequent the most. I mean how many times in a month do i keep giving tips. But at reataurants that we go to once in a month, i leave tip there. I feel that even the stewards start to expect you to leave tips, if it is a frequent restaurant and if you always leave tips. I dont know, i might be wrong in what i think but i find it very logical. Do you give tips to stewards at the restaurant that you go to very frequently, say 8 times a month?
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@lixiaos (18)
• China
18 Jul 08
oh, we almost never do that in our country. The steward work hard even the salary is low. And we never worry about their service without tips.
• United States
18 Jul 08
That is interesting. You don't leave tips in China for servers even though they work for low pay? Is that true if you go to an expensive restaurant too? I wonder what they think of us crazy Americans who come over there and leave tips?
• United States
18 Jul 08
My daughter and some of her friends work at a restaurant as waitresses. These girls make $2.13 per hour. And they only make that much if their tips don't add up to that hourly amount for the night. (If they work 5 hours and make over $11.00, they don't get the $2.13/hour) Waitressing is much harder work than what people think. It is one of the few jobs that some of these kids can get because the hours allow them to attend school during the day. They have to work at night to pay the bills. They get a lot of hateful people that are very demanding and degrading. People should show more respect. And I think that everyone ought to have to work as a waitress or waiter at some point in their lives just to see what its like. Then maybe everyone would appreciate them just a little more...
@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
18 Jul 08
Yes your right and lets not forget what your feet feel like after getting off work. All that running back and forth being on your feet and not getting a tip for serving table after table is not right.
@Hatley (157679)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Jul 08
sansturks I dont leave tips at the restaurant where I go a lot as they are well paid there. at a new oneyes I will tip when the meal is good, and not when its just so so. I wish they would pay the waitresses enough so they did not need tips as eating out is expensive enough without the tips.
• United States
18 Jul 08
hi i do leave a tips but same time if the not nice i will give them 2$ for not being nice.
@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
18 Jul 08
In the US, it is definitely expected that one tip the wait staff. Some restaurants do add a 15% service charge, but even then if the service has been exceptional, it's a good idea to tip even more. Some of the best tippers are those who have done the job of waiter/waitress or those who family members have waited tables. I always figure that if you cannot afford to tip, you should not be eating out. Or should choose a fast food restaurant.
18 Jul 08
Hi, SangsTurks, My God I cannot remember when I last went to restaurant What! 8 times a month? well must be missing out but when I used to go I do give tips, it was the done thing. Now I never go out or being taken out as I have to cook everyday. Tamarafireheart.
• India
18 Jul 08
Well, it depends. if the service by the waiter is awesome, then I might leave a generous tip. Even the food has to be good, although he has got nothing to do with it. TIP, I read somewhere, stands for To Insure Perseverance. So if the food and the service os good, leaving a small change as tip won't really hurt us. bourne
@pearl1003 (671)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
i do sometimes... it actually depends. I'm looking at the receipt all the time. If there is a service charge indicated, i wont leave tips. If none, i would. And sometimes even if there is a service charge and I found the service perfect, i would leave tips on the table coz they deserve it after all.
• Singapore
18 Jul 08
I agree with you no further. In the bill, there is an entry that says service charge and how many percent of the bill therefore what's the point of leaving tips on the table? To me, I don't leave any tips or tell the waitress or waiter to keep the change. Because as said, it is included in the bill, though it is the restaurant I frequent visited.
@jenyenh (205)
• Maldives
18 Jul 08
I work in a resort and we all know that service is paid for if there is a service charge in your bill. However, I leave a tip if I am happy with the service, ie. if the waiter or waitress give extra attention or anticipates my needs, go an extra mile to exceed my expectations, etc... a true service comes from the heart - so its worth giving the tip. However if the service is bad..I wouldnt even mind to argue with my bill!
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
ii give tips for waiters and waitresses all the time..i usually leave it on the table when i leave..i guess they deserve some for appreciation for serving me good while i eat in their restaurants..this workers get the most minimum wages and they expect the tips to help their daily needs as well..and not every time i get a good waiter/waitress so whenever i get to experience a good one i give them much than what i usually give..
• India
18 Jul 08
Hi friend, I do the same as your mom does.Because it is the minimum cutesy to do that.This is what i feel.A person who is serving us is equal to god.Because of the delicious food he is preparing is taken by us.We eat food till our stomach is fill.So in order to respect him we are giving money in turn.If we think in a spiritual way its correct,coming to think in practical manner yours is correct. Have a nice day.
• United States
18 Jul 08
I always leave a tip - and if it was good service I leave a big tip. I'm not sure about India, but in America most waiters/waitresses make a small base wage and depend upon the tips for the rest of their wage. The better they are at serving, the better their tips should be. What motivation would they have to do a good job if they only received minimum wage and no incentive? Since I once worked as a waitress I understand how hard the job can be and I usually always give tips. If the waitress is rude or gives terrible service and there is no reason for it (like the place is extremely busy) then I won't leave a tip. Before you decide no to give tips you should find out from a friend or someone who has ever worked as a waiter or waitress if the tips are considered part of their pay. Maybe that will help you decide better if you want to give tips or not.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I have a son who works as a waiter and he relies on those tips to pay bills. Waiters and waitresses don't make a lot of money, so they rely on that tip money. Some restaurants include the tip in your bill. How much of a tip I leave depends on the service I have received. The norm I believe is 10-15% of your bill. You can go from there. I hope everyone realizes that although you may not see all the work waiters do, they do work hard for their money. They not only wait tables, they usually have to clean them, fill sugar, salt, etc, wrap silverware, etc, etc. They also have to deal with very RUDE customers and have to be polite to them even though they don't want to. So those of us that are nice to our waiter are making up for those who aren't and who take them for granted.
• Kottayam, India
18 Jul 08
I think their pay check may not be enough for their lovelihood, you can help them by doing this.
• United States
18 Jul 08
I was a waitress and let me tell you until you do their job you will never know what a extra dollar or two means. I was like you and my husband is like your mom I never liked the idea he always left them 5 dollars,I thought our taxes took care of them. I got a job as a waitress and it is tough making sure the order is correct and making sure the customers dont get unpatient while waiting and another complaint i heard alot is bring my milk out WITH my pancakes LOL you remember the pancakes but very seldom did i remember the milk.. Needless to say I always leave them a tip evan if it is a dollar or two
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Too many of the restaurant have base pay way below the minimum wage so the wait people depend on the tips to make a living. So the better the service that I receive the better I tip. If I don't think that I can afford to give a reasonable tip then I don't eat at a sit down restaurant. These people generally work very had to keep the patrons happy. Besides I want to keep them happy too.
@irishidid (8119)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I leave 15 to 18% tip depending on the service. It has nothing to do with what the meal,etc. cost it is the service the waiter/waitress has provided. The same goes for the housekeeper who cleans your room at a hotel. You leave a tip.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
In some countries it is mandatory to leave a tip otherwise the waiters will accost you on your way out. In my country though, labor is cheap so waiters don't complain if you don't give them tips. They'll be happy to serve you just to have a source of income to help out in the family. Usually when I eat out with my family or friends, I leave a big tip as well. But if I'm eating alone or with one friend, then I might not leave a tip anymore. If I feel that the waiter didn't do much for me aside from take my order and deliver it, I don't leave tips anymore. It's money after all!!
@SHAMRACK (8380)
• India
18 Jul 08
Dear friend, Mostly if I get a good service I would give a tip and next time sometimes the service I get from that same hotel is much better and if I am not satisfied with the service or food I may not leave any tip. I hope tips sometimes motivate them to provide better services and food if we are going in the same hotels or restaurants. I give tips depending upon the satisfaction I get form the service. A bad service may not get any tips.