Tips at Resuraunts

@SRANKIN (282)
United States
October 26, 2006 1:44am CST
Ok.. so I know that you are supposed to AT LEAST tip 10% of your bill to your waiter/waitress.. but the other night I saw my waiter three times, once to take our order, second to give us the food, and third to give us our bill.. I never even got a refill. I couldn't even find the guy to flag him down to fill my glass. I think that tipping is only for EXCEPTIONAL service.. not poor service.. so I never left him a tip. What do you think? Give me your opinion.
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12 responses
@suzieque (2335)
• Canada
3 Nov 06
I don't think you should tip if the service is horrible. That's my opinion
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@Meljep (1668)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I heard a long time ago that leaving a penny for really horrible service would give the message, but I see someone else has now indicated a $1 would send the message. It's sad that the food service industry pays the staff below minimum wage and then "expects" the patrons to make up the difference.
@exodamus (1627)
• India
3 Nov 06
What you hvave done is right. Tip is a token of appreciation for the service.rendered by the person. But now it has become a sort of compulsory thing for the waiters. they think that it is their right to get a tip. Someplace they demand the tips as if it is a parat of the bill. But it is always the customers choice to tip a waiter.
@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
3 Nov 06
So bad service results in no tip, yes, but 10% is not good enough for exceptional service either. 20% is the standard, have you ever worked in the industry? I've waited tables and delivered pizza before my now 'glamorous' career, lol. Trust me they work really hard and most of the time if your food is wrong it's the cooks fault. But bad service warrants a bad tip or no tip, but leaving a quarter or a like 50 cents makes your point more clearly than nothing at all. No tip says you're just a cheapskate.
3 Nov 06
A lot of waiters and waitresses seem to think that they deserve a tip. When you pay by credit card in the UK the machine asks you how much tip you want to leave! I Think that is rude. Leaving a tip is entirely up to the customer and if they don't think the staff deserved it, then the staff shouldn't get it! It irritates me when you don't see staff all night until they bring you the bill and then they're all smiles and politeness!
@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I am pretty gracious when it comes to a tip because I have done that line of work before, therefore I understand. BUT...I have had some pretty bad service, where like you I only saw them a few times, but they also had a horrible attitude as if I was a burden or an inconvenience. I only gave them .50 cents on a $30 bill.
• United States
27 Oct 06
I always tip, but it depends on how the service was. I have been a waitress before so i know how its supossed to be. One time our service was soooo horrible the guy was the worst server i have ever had! So i left him a note that said maybe he should look into getting a different job cz this one just didnt seem to be his thing. The tables around us were all complaining about him, even the manager came out apologizing about him... he was horrible!!
@nextgen (1888)
• India
26 Oct 06
even i have got a habit for leaving tip but not 10%.. if the bill is less then 10% otherwise 4-5%
@Jshean20 (14359)
• Canada
26 Oct 06
Well I probably would've left him a tip, I just wouldn't have followed the 10% rule.
• India
26 Oct 06
well thats right wen they dnt provide you a quality service they need not get anythng from us so lets stop gvn tips for waiters like them....gud work man
@mandakat (879)
• Canada
26 Oct 06
I usually leave between 2 and 3 dollars, plus a few miscellaneous coins that happen into my hand when I went looking for tip money. I have no source of income, so I can't afford to be a big tipper, but I try to leave at least 2 bucks!
@Cortney (3982)
• United States
26 Oct 06
I usued to work as a bar tender... getting $1 tip served as a sign that I didn't do something right rather than not getting a tip at all.. when you don't leave a tip at all, all they think is that the person is cheap. I hardly ever was left a small tip or no tip... but then again.. when people drink they are more apt to leave a larger tip that they normally would.