Tipping when there is a service charge?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I don’t remeber but I think our gratuity was 15%, and yes, we did tip more. But, we tipped more because we were very happy with the service. If I wasn’t happy, I wouldn’t of given extra gratuity. So while the extra gratuity shouldn’t be expected, if they do great work, I think it’s deserved. 

Also, I believe we gave them an additional $150 (so not an additional percentage) but just an additional dollar amount chunk. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

12.6% doesnt seem like a high tip, BUT I note that it says, pursuant to union agreement.  Where I live, the union wait staff get paid much more than non-union, so I would think it is fair.  As to tipping non wait staff, I think sometimes tipping gets out of hand.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t want to jack the thread but I thought service charge is a TIP?

At restaurants where you have more than 5 or 10 people at a table, they automatically charge you a service/tip fee of 15-25% non negotiable its already added on to your check. And then all of that is multipled by the sales tax.

In cases like this, I never tip extra since I’m already paying the max due to a large party. 

Same with my wedding venue but now I’m questioning do I really need to tip them more?

EDIT: Since it’s only 12.6% I would probably multiply your total bill by 1.15, for 15% or 1.2 for 20% and give them that extra 2.4% or 7.4% in cash as a tip because for dinner usually wait staff gets tipped 15-20%

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@cupcakemonster99:  We won’t be. If it’s included in the price, then I take that to mean I’ve already paid it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

For us, it’s 15% of the total amount, plus another 15% taxes on that total. We’re not paying a penny more (bwahahaha pennies have been removed anyway).

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our gratuity charge was 18%, so we didn’t tip anything on top of that!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@cupcakemonster99:  We had a service charge that included a gratuity (5% service, 18% gratuity, 23% total) and we did not tip.  However, I did make a tip jar for our bartender.

Post # 10
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615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If certain restaurants, wedding planners, DOC do a really good job, I think a really detailed positive rating yelp review is better than any TIP!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@elliptical2013:  I agree. Word-to-mouth, good reviews, are also good ways of paying it forward when satisfies of the quality of the service.

Post # 12
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498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We had a 15% service fee, we didnt tip on top of that.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@cupcakemonster99:  I think the way it was split up for us is the “service” part (5%) was given to the banquet manager, with the 18% being given to the waitstaff.  However, our venue pays the banquet servers more than the standard $2.13/hr, and then tips them on top of that.

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