How much do you tip and why?

by els 31 Replies latest jw friends

  • Simon

    Tipping isn't a big thing in the UK which is why I think we're all so bad at it. We get all awkward and embarrassed.

    When we're on hols we tend to give 15%-20% but have done both less and more depending on the service.

  • hurt

    I tip 20% on the average; never less.

    Now, Reborn, you were rude; even worse than the waitress who was rude to you.

    'Nough said.

  • JH

    Usually the tip will go according to what I think the price of the meal should have been.

    If I see a meal at $10.00 and I think it's worth 6$, I won't tip more than 10%

    If I see a meal at $6.00 and I think it's worth $10.00, well I'll tip much more because I'm happy with the price. I might give a 20% tip.

    It's not just the service I got from the waitress, but the overall satisfaction I had going there. If I have a bundle of money on me, I'll give more, If I'm broke, I'll give less.

    Some restaurants know me and don't make out any bill, so in fact they pay no taxes to the government with my meal. They make their own additional tip that way.

  • beckyboop

    I tip 15% or more, depending on the quality. I don't think I've deliberately left nothing, and if I had, I'm sorry now that I did. Because even if I had crappy service, maybe their day was crappier. Nevermind the fact that they make about $3 an hour, which usually just about pays the taxes. They deserve to earn their fair share too, even if we feel like we've been slighted. Food service is hard work and can be extremely stressful when dealing with a bunch of rude, impatient and hungry people.

    I bussed tables for 2 years, and loved it because I didn't have to deal with the people first hand. Because of my experience in working in the industry, I tend to see the other side much more clearly than if I was only a customer waiting for food. And if service is really that bad, you can politely mention something to your waitress/waiter or to the manager if that doesn't work. The customer only can see so much, and never really knows what's going on behind the scenes

    Reborn, I have to agree that what you said was very rude--personal appearance has NOTHING to do with the ability to be a good server. I hope you still don't leave "tips" like that.


  • minimus

    I tip 20 to 30 % of the entire bill. I have always left a tip, even if I wasn't crazy about the service. Sometimes the food may not be prepared the way I like it. That's not the waitstaff's fault, usually. Why be nasty to them for what goes on in the kitchen? If my service is not exactly up to par, I might say something, "I know you're busy, but I asked you for that drink (or water) 15 minutes ago. Do you think that you could please take a moment and get that for me? I'd REALLY appreciate it." You would be shocked to see how that type of question can motivate a waiter or waitress that's slacking and make the dining experience so much better.

  • nowisee

    i have always been a good tipper. i almost never leave less than 20% and if service has been acceptable i round that up to the nearest $5 or $l0. if service has been good i leave more. things have to be pretty bad for me to leave only l5%.

    i also waited tables a few years back and know how hard the work is. the general public has no clue how demanding the job is, and how little base salary is (usually l/2 minimum wage - and you are expected to make that up in tips - imagine how discouraging when you don't). also, so many things are out of the control of the waitperson and depend on what is happening in the kitchen with the other servicepeople and cook(s).

    my baptism of fire came when i was a new inexperienced waitress one sunday morning when several tables were pushed together to accommodate a group of about 30 from the local church. everyone wanted separate checks and about half had special requests (no sauce, more sauce, light toast, broken eggs, etc. etc.) i almost had a nervous breakdown.

  • Bendrr

    20% or more. To not tip would require bad service on the level of a firing offense. Like quite a few others here I too have worked in food service. I delivered pizzas for Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Little Caesar's. A pizza driver is [or should consider themselves anyway] a waiter on wheels. I rarely go out to restaurants, unless I want to get some fresh ideas on what to cook at home. But I do order out regularly. Both pizza places I use, the drivers know me well and make sure I get a hot pizza quick because I tip $5 or more every time.

    I even make tips occasionally in my line of work as a technician. There's been times I've fixed a customer's vehicle and they've walked out in the shop and handed me a $20, especially travellers passing through who break down. That's a little insider hint for y'all. When your mechanic takes good care of you, maybe stays late to fix your car or cuts you a break on the bill, slip them a few bucks. And the guys who rotate your tires and change your oil, tip them. You'll be suprised at how much your wait time decreases when they know you tip and they'll take extra special care of your car too.


  • Reborn2002

    Rudeness begets rudeness I suppose.

    I particularly think we were treated so rudely because it was an intregrated group of people from a variety of cultures. The place we stopped at looked kind of "lily white" and coincidentally we were seated in the back in a corner and treated rudely.

    Think whatever the heck you will about the note. I meant exactly what I said, and I would do it again to someone who treated me that way in a heartbeat. Sometimes a swift kick in the teeth is all some people can understand. I have tried being nice, and when you are nice, you often get stepped on.

    I bet she considered her actions after that, or at the very least her slovenly personal appearance. It is not my intention to start a debate about this, but I was responding to your comments directed at me.

    I can be respectful and gracious to those who deserve it. Fact is, some people do not.

  • wednesday


    i have no problem with what u did. Only i would have also spoke to the manager. I go out to eat, pay a lot ofl money, and get rude service from an unkempt person? someone should tell her.

    I tip 10% for acceptable serviceand a decent meal.

    I tip 15% for outstnding service. I don't fell i should have to tip at all, they should pay people a living wage.

    I resent a forced levy on my meal, when u have a large party.


  • hurt

    You could be respectful and gracious to those who deserve it? And you decide who does and does not? A fly of a waitress treated you and your buddies badly and you pluck the fly's wings, and hit the remains with a sledge hammer. How can you claim to be reasonable when you underline it that you would do it again? You're still a rock-solid jay dub at heart. It's incredible how all else don't matter when you're involved. Apparently, your treatment of waitresses who treat you less than graciously and respecfully needs a rebirth.

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