restaurant tipping

United States
December 19, 2006 10:52pm CST
Fess up Who here is a lousy tipper? I always tip 20%(the standard) for service, great or lousy. although I think it is the restaurant owner's responsibility to pay its staff a reasonable wage, I am aware they only recive a measly 2.15 an hour. Well anyway, I have worked in a restaurant before and some people will actually leave 2.50 for a 30.00 restuarant bill. hey, if you can afford to eat out, you should at least tip your waitress accordingly.
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@soldenski (2504)
• United States
20 Dec 06
HAPPY - Holiday's
Why should we have to tip? Just because someone works as a waitress is not my fault. I am more then willing to tip someone, if they do a good job. But, I don't tip if the service was lousy. I can afford to eat out, because my husband work's hard for our money, I should not be made to feel obligated to GIVE someone my money, if they don't EARN it, Remember nothing is free, and if I tip, it's because you earned it.
1 person likes this
20 Dec 06
Too true.
• United States
20 Dec 06
My tip varies upon the service. If its completely obscene I will not tip at all, if it's fair to ok service, i leave anywhere from 10-15% If its wonderful service and respectful and timely service i leave anywhere from 20-30%. I work hard for my money, and frankly, I don't feel I should have to feel bad about crappy service. If they earn it they earn it. If they don't maybe they should switch jobs.
• Canada
20 Dec 06
I agree with what you said.
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Sorry, but actually they aren't entitled to any tip, so I don't believe in 20% as "the standard". Generally I consider 15% as what I start out with and adjust it from there. If the service is great I might go as high as 25%, completely above the expected possibly 30%. At the same time if it's poor I'm likely to leave 10% and if the waiter/waitress is rude, they get nothing! Keep in mind when classifying bad service that it could be due to the kitchen, so I don't always lower a tip automatically I consider if it's the waiter/waitresses fault. Things like not filling empty glasses after being asked twice though will get that tip lowered to 10% quickly, and if they give an attitude about it , that's when I consider the 0% tip.
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@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
20 Dec 06
I am a waitress in a restaurant, so I felt I really needed to respond to this discussion. Yes, the tips are wonderful! But, if I do not give good service (and I always do, lol) I would not expect a good tip from that customer. My moto in life is that customers come into the restaurant for the food, but they tip for the service. I do not get annoyed if someone doesn't tip me even if I feel I gave them the best service I possibly could have. I think some people just can't afford to give that little extra and that's ok because I am also recieving an hourly wage for my service as well.
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@shooie (4989)
• United States
20 Dec 06
We always leave 20% but if the service is bad we leave between 10 to 15% and if it is extremely bad we leave nothing. Which we've only had extremely bad service once and never went back.
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• Canada
20 Dec 06
Well, I live in Canada and waiters and waitresses make substantially more than that (if I'm doing my conversions right with the current exchange rate). I personally try to tip 15% at least each meal. The tip can either go up or down starting at the beginning of the meal depending on how well the server does their job. If they perform satisfactorally then they get the 15%, if they are bad and don't keep up with things they get less, though I try never to go less than 5% or $2, whichever is higher. tipping for delivery is different. they are just doing their job for which they are paid. they do not automatically deserve one simply for doing their job. If they are speedy, well then that's different!
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@jtsellen (25)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I think tipping all comes down to the experience you had where you ate. We do not tip people who serve us food at a fast food and some are deserving. I believe that the bigger the bill and the more service that is provided to due what is actually ordered and served, the bigger the tip. In California, 20% of the bill is a standard that I have seen used. But if your at a nice restaurant and the bill is over a hundred, that tells me that I got some good food and someone delivered it. Some people deserve more and some, based on attitude and service deserve none. I believe staying balanced well your out dining will help make a correct decision. Understanding the grueling and some times headaching job of a waiter or waitress or even the bus boy can take a toll on a person and a business.
• India
20 Dec 06
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• United States
20 Dec 06
Bare with me here as I am tired.. I have experience as a waitress and as a customer.. as a customer I only tip the 20% if the waitress earned it. My friend and I base our tip on the quality of service we got, which is the way we believe it should go. As a waitress, I know it can be rough sometimes but that's no excuse to decrease the excellence of customer service. We've had our share of great and awful servers, the great servers deserve the full 20% and the awful servers derserve whatever they earned.. at least that's my opinion.
• India
21 Dec 06
hi, i guess there are certain standards and specifications set by the hotel management that the tip shd not be less than 9-10%.if u tip 20% or 15% thats entirely ur wish if u wana be generous.
@chileman (969)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
Well we don't tip here in Australia as the wages are high enough as it is except in maybe fine dining restaurants. When I went to the US I kept forgetting and got dirty looks off waite staff, I guess that is fair enough although if they had just reminded me it's a done thing in the US I would have tipped!
• United States
20 Dec 06
I normally tip according to the kind of service I was given. If I had a lousy waitress who only came to give me my food and bill, she's not going to get as much as someone who continuously comes to the table and atleast shows that she likes her job.
• United States
20 Dec 06
i always tip 5 dollars no matter what
@ss2879 (132)
• India
20 Dec 06
around 10% is what i try to maintain... and nothing if service is bad
• India
20 Dec 06
It should not be.. You should always tip the staff for their coordination in helping your stay at that renowed place.. I hope you get it or reply me for further discussion
@gknott (938)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I thought the standard tip was 15% for decent and 20% for great service. That is what I do, if I have bad service no tip. That is what I thought you are supposed to do.
@gknott (938)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I forgot, one thing that makes me really mad is a tip added before you get service, or a forced tip already added to the bill.
@pr_milu (455)
• India
21 Dec 06
One should not be forced for tipping..i think
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• Philippines
21 Dec 06
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in the philippines, almost all of the bars and dining that iv been through. they are already including to the bill the service charge which is 20% of their bill aside from this, if the attendant is really that nice to me i give an excess money whenever i bill out.
• Philippines
21 Dec 06
i usually give 15% of the total bill as tip or what i do is just i double the tax, thats the amount i give whatever its equivalent.
• United States
20 Dec 06
Not always good service, not always a good tip! If the staff was always concerened about getting there money it would be quality service. If I was a I'd be on que for every table. And so what if we can afford to go out and eat. That person my be struggling as well. That might be there one splurg dinner for the month. Everyone deserves to treat themselves with the money THEY earned, and spend it the way THEY like. Don't expect it from everone that sits in your section.
• India
20 Dec 06
thats true
@ambience (67)
• Canada
20 Dec 06
It depends on the type of service..I dont calculate the Percentage but if the service is good then I round the number of to the nearest 10..that is if the bill is $43 then I round it to a 50 and if it is say 48..then I might do a 55
• United States
20 Dec 06
I just give 20%. Never more. I've had some just okay service before, and gave them 15%. I don't think lousy service deserves a 20% tip.
@tba123 (457)
• United States
20 Dec 06
we don't tip a certain %, we tip per service. if the waitress does a good job we'll leave more, if the waitress does lousy, we leave a small tip. We don't see the point in leaving a good tip for a bad job. Just our opinion.
@nider14 (12)
• Canada
20 Dec 06
I've never worked in a restaurant, yet I still understand that servers depend tremendously on there tips. Even in Canada, where they are paid more ($6.00/hr) than in the USA, it still isn't enough. So, tip generously this holiday season.
@abaskamal (149)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 06
The heck with tipping. I haven't enough money even for my own expenses as of yet. Besides there is a 5% service charge.