Are you a generous tipper?

Canada
December 26, 2006 12:11am CST
Friends and family always tell me that I leave too much of a tip in restaurants, at the hair salon, etc. I try to keep in mind that servers and non-owner stylists are often working for minimum wage and rely on tips to generate a good part of their income. When possible, I will leave about a 20% tip but I always calculate at least 15%. My question to you all is this... do you feel obligated to tip the standard percentage, regardless of the service provided, or do you feel the tip should always be calculated in proportion to quality of service you received?
4 responses
• United States
31 Dec 06
When my husband and I got out to eat somewhere, it depends on who is buying, if he is buying I leave the tip, if I am buying he lives the tip, but we usually call it table rent.. LOL We don't tip that good, but if they come more than five times in a hour (I think is great service.) then we give out a couple of dollars; bad service ends up with a buck..
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• Canada
31 Dec 06
Table rent! LOL! I can honestly say it's the first time I've ever heard THAT one!
@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I was once a waitress and so I know how difficult it can be to work in that profession. For that reason, I tend to tip more generously than others I go out with. I usually give waitstaff 20%, and it's also easier to quickly calculate.
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• Canada
28 Dec 06
I agree, ChewySpree. I've never worked in that profession myself but my sister was a waitress/barmaid for a couple of years when the company she had been working for, in middle management, was sold with no warning to the employees, and she found herself looking for work! Friends of hers had invested in a restaurant/pub and they let her work there, even though she had no prior experience. She actually did really well and, given her background, was able to handle a lot of the day to day responsibilities and free them up to take some time away from the business. She would tell me how, for example, older gentlemen that came in daily would demand constant service and then only tip her a quarter on a drink ... which I really think is a "generational" thing. Overall, I think waitstaff work really hard and often put up with so much nonsense from customers... sometimes I believe I overcompensate for that with my own tips LOL
@safiuddin (166)
• India
28 Dec 06
tip shud always be in proportion to the service they give us not to feel generous on them. this is wrong. u shud see the service n according to it u have to pay them
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• Canada
28 Dec 06
Thanks safiuddin! I have difficuly not being too generous, I think. If you received poor service, would you not leave any tip at all?
@Eborsisk (195)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Yes, I am a great tipper. Mainly because I have been a waitress before. I always leave at least 15%. But, there have been times when the server was really mean so I only left a couple of dollars. If they are just slow, I can understand that. I had those bad nights of serving too!
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