Do you Tip people?

@bigstret (485)
March 13, 2007 5:30pm CST
When you go out for a meal do you always leave a tip for the waiter/waiteress? If so how much do you leave? I always leave £1 in change but wonder if this is enough?
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
When I was in the States I used to tip 10% because that is expected and if you don't, it is depriving someone of their salary/wages. Waiters' base salaries are not good there and they rely on tips. In Australia, waiters are paid better and their salaries are already built into the price of the food so "tips" are something extra. So, it's not necessary to tip them but I usually just leave the change for the waiter, depending on the service and how much food was ordered.
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 07
It depends on the standard of the service I received, I don't always tip in all honesty but I know how hard the waiters and waitresses work and they get a pittance from the company or owner, so they rely on the tips to boost their wages. 90% of the time I will tip and it's polite to give 10% of the bill, which I endeavour to do. However if the service was bad then I won't give any tip out of principle. Fair's fair, when I go out for a meal it's an occasion and the last thing I want is someone spoiling it for me. It's very rare that I'll refuse to tip.
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@patootie (3593)
17 Mar 07
But surely the waiting staff only get a pittance as their employee knows he can expect us to make up the short fall .. so not only do they make a profit from our evening out .. food and drink .. but by our helping to pay their staffs wages too ... tipping just encourages employers to pay miserly wages ..
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Tipping is important.. I don't tip the same amount each time- I basically decide how the service was.. If it was excellent I will tip 20% of my total bill.. If it was good I'll tip 15%.. If it was just ok 10%.. If I had lousy service-- I won't tip... Most of the time my Sig. other throws down a couple of bucks if I don't.. there is no reason for service to be bad- I even tip if the food was rotten but the service was good! it isn't their fault.
• United States
18 Mar 07
Here in the US the tip is generally 20% of the total price of the meal. I do try to leave a tip always; but there have been times when the service was so poor-just two or three times-that I didn't leave a tip. In fact, once, the service was so poor I almost got up and left the restaurant before our meal came.
• United States
17 Mar 07
I normally do the mathmatical addition in my head or do the percentage rate, and I normally round off the amount to an even dollar figure, say like the bill is $ 12.83, I just add the seventeen cents and one or two dollars for the tip and it rounds it off to $ 13.00 or to $ 14.00
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@yvonne1968 (1065)
• United States
16 Mar 07
When me and my boyfriend go out to eat we usually tip anywhere from 10 to 15 % of the bill. Depending on the service and what kinda money we have for the week.
@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
14 Mar 07
i at least leave 10 to 15 percent of my total bill but if the waiter/ess is really great and friendly then i will leave a 20 to 25 percent tip.
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• United States
14 Mar 07
I usually tip. We tip if the service is good and we get what we need in a timely manner. If they come around and continously ask us if our meal is ok and what not, then we'll leave them a really good tip. Otherwise we'll tip little or not at all, depending on the quality of service.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
14 Mar 07
http://telepixtvcgi.warnerbros.com/reframe.html?http://telepixtvcgi.warnerbros.com/dailynews/consumer/03_01/03_30a_2.html Go to that site and there is a chart that you can print and fold for putting into a wallet in purse or pocket. Then you can figure the right amount. Has the check amount and the amount per the proper percentage. Hope that this helps you in the future.
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@jojopuff (520)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Yes, my husband and I will tip when we eat at restaurants. We'll usually leave 10-15% of the bill, depending on the service. I think that amount is sufficient.
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• United States
16 May 07
It is customary to leave 15% of the bill (before tax) as a tip. My boyfriend and I usually leave 20% unless the service was terrible.