Do You ALWAYS Tip?
December 16, 2015 4:18pm CST
One evening I was paying to the cashier the amount that my wife and I spent for self-serve dinner in a Chinese restaurant. The amount was something like $48.75. I asked the cashier why the amount seemed more than I expected. According to her the 17% gratuity (tip) was included. I looked at my wife and uttered "WOW"! All the waiter did was showed us our table and served a small jug of water. The second and final time we saw him was when he came to hand us our chit and took our empty plates. My wife left a 5-dollar-bill on the table for the waiter. So, I told the cashier that we already left a tip on the table for the waiter. She did not look happy but she deducted the 17% from the amount and told us that next time we should not leave tips on the table. But before we left I suggested to the cashier that they should notify customers that a 17% gratuity is mandatory by posting a notice on the door. Was I right or am I cheap? Note: The complementing image of this post was taken from MorgueFile.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Dec 15
I used to work in a large casino as a slot attendant. . . . Jackpot winners are not required to tip. However, most patrons tip. But what is funny some customers are so cheap . . . One lady won more than 20000 dollars, she gave us a big ONE DOLLAR tip!
18 Dec 15
i used to tip until a friend taught me to check the bill if they have a service charge/tax already, but her advice applies to sit-down restaurants with waiters that attend to you. in your situation, you're right. they should put a sign so customers are aware before they proceed to eat. would that be the first and last time you'll eat there?
18 Dec 15
I also would think the same . If it is already included in the bill , then they should put a notice about that so we will not be leaving a tip for the waiter anymore . Here in the Philippines , when we pay the bill we always take a look if there is a service charge . If there is , we don't leave a tip anymore .
• United States
17 Dec 15
Yes, some places I went to charges gratuity toward the bill (but usually if you have guest of like 6 or more people). I have never been to a restaurant that charges if it's just two people. That's ridiculously expensive for a self-serve food place though! It should be your preference on tip because you did all the work to get the food!