How much tip do you leave?

Restaurant Tip - How much tip do you leave?
@bounce58 (17451)
Canada
November 7, 2009 9:26pm CST
When eating in a restaurant, how much tip do you leave? I usually add 15% and round it off to the next $10. I don't have any calculators with me, but I usually can estimate how much to add, then I just round it all off. How about you? What is the legal tipping amount? Do you always give the exact tip?
4 responses
@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
8 Nov 09
I give a 15% tip when the service is good, which it usually is. When they are extremely good and helpful I than give them 20%. I have a little card in my wallet to tell me what the tip is for the 15% or 20% for up too $100.00 dollars.
@bounce58 (17451)
• Canada
8 Nov 09
Thanks for responding lelin1123. I am more interested in that card that you have. Where did you get it? I guess I could make one of my own and put it in my wallet. It'll save me the time on doing the mental gymnastic of determining what 15% is and adding the whole amount. Or the complication if I wanted to leave 20% instead.
@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
12 Nov 09
Thank you so much for the best response nod. Have a great day!
@danitykane (3191)
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
hi there bounce, here in the Philippines we are not like oblige to leave a tip because on the receipt there is already a "service fee" indicated from the food we ordered. It was like 10% and there is another EVAT (tax in it). So for me, it is not necessary but still, I could leave some bucks if I want to.
@bounce58 (17451)
• Canada
8 Nov 09
That's good if it is already understood and you are not expected to leave any tip. It avoids those awkward moments as you leave a restaurant. Still, it is nice to give something to say that you appreciate the food and the service that you got.
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
oh yeah, it is good especially for those who are on a tight budget and don't want to drop some bucks for a tip..haha.. Because everything is calculated and you expect what the restaurant will gonna charge you which include the tip/service fee.
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
As one respondent here says, there is an amount of percentage for sales tax included in the restaurant bill. It is not considered "compulsory" for us to give tips to waiters. It really depends on the giver ... whether he is satisfied with the service or just generous so as not to feel awkward going out of the restaurant. For myself, I usually leave an amount for the waiter. Whether is it reasonable or not, I didn't look back to check on the waiter's face, lol.
@bounce58 (17451)
• Canada
8 Nov 09
Sometimes it just hard here where I am, were waiters always expect their 15%. Specially if you are a regular to the restaurant, I wouldn't dare not leave a tip. I couldn't imagine what they will do with my food if for some reason I disappoint them. But yeah, for one time visits, just leave something dependent on the service and don't worry about the waiter's face.
• Australia
8 Nov 09
Hello there! I don't usually go to a restaurant. The food is made at home and sometimes we might have some take away food, but we really only go to a restaurant if we are going somewhere on a holiday, cause that's where we would eat for dinner. Well there is always the option of not tipping at all, because it isn't a legal requirement, but it would show some respect to the people serving you the food. Most people just give a couple of dollars a tip. If you had a big meal you might want to tip a little bit more than you usually do, but once again, that is all totally upto you.
@bounce58 (17451)
• Canada
8 Nov 09
Hi pweety_princess. I was just reading your response and when you wrote that it isn't a legal requirement, I just had to check out your profile to know where you are. I did not realize that tipping is not required in Australia. I'll make a mental note of that. Thanks for responding.