Post # 17
Tipping less than 20% is not an option to me, it’s the base price you pay for literal service; you can tip more if the server was great, but not less even if they were bad. It’s part of their wage and if there’s a problem, the manager should be notified. If tips are split, you are then screwing over the busser, dishwasher, and other employees that are supposed to share the tips. Tipping less is not effective because it doesn’t prove that the service was bad, it just makes you look like a bad tipper.
This is a pet peeve of mine, as well as people that tip poorly if they didn’t like the food- it doesn’t even make sense.
Post # 18
i always tip the minimum because i am still a poor student! so even with bad service, i would feel bad tipping less than that! although perhaps there has been an occasion or two where i would tip like 10% or less if i had really bad service and more than 15% if i had really good service, so ya, i do tip according to service to an extent.
Post # 19
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
Goldfish crackers? Was she on drugs?
Post # 20
For good service I tip 20%. Service that goes above and beyond will get a higher percentage based on how much extra they did and how much money I have. Poor service always gets a lower tip from me. I’ve never not left a tip, but I think the lowest I’ve given is 10%.
Post # 21
I normally tip about 20%. If the service is exceptional I wiill tip 25%. If the service is poor I will tip 10% maybe 15% depending on how bad it was. There have been 2 times that I did not leave a tip and they were very justified.
Post # 22
OMG I would hope not. That server owed your parents- lol!
For me, it’s all about attitude. If someone doesn’t refill my drink for a while but I can see he/she has been assigned too many tables to wait on, I still tip well because I can see the server is hustling and doing his/her best. We’re all human and can only do so much!
The same goes if the person is new: I’ve had plenty of new servers mess things up, but if he/she is really trying, I totally respect that.
I have not left a tip twice in my life. One time was at a Waffle House in the middle of nowhere where the server was a racist b**** who treated us poorly all night and actually asked my boyfriend if he was going to pay for his “homeboys” (a couple of black friends who were with us) or if they “brought some drug money” while using air quotations.
The other time was when the server literally ignored us and flirted with the bartender all night. She would go in and out of the kitchen tickling the male servers and flirting like crazy and didn’t check on us once.
I normally cut a chunk out if the person is rude. I understand that my SO wanted to give her SOMETHING, but in my opinion, the tip he gave her was much too generous for the awful service she chose to give.
Post # 23
Tipping is different in the UK. Generally if we receive poor service we don’t tip (then again I mainly speak for myself and people I know). We don’t tip a specific amount/percentage unless it’s specified on the bill. Then again, I’m led to believe that the wages over there are lower for servers, so it makes a big difference. When holidaying in the States, we tip everywhere we eat because it’s expected. But when we’re in the UK, it depends on the standard of service they’ve given us.
Then again, everytime I’ve been to the States, restaurant service has been exceptional- a marked difference from what we receive over here!
Post # 24
My DH and I haven’t run in any horrible service, so we always leave a good tip. I’m sure when we do meet that special waiter we’ll dock the percentage, but still give him/ her something. That is most of their paycheck after all.
Post # 25
Eh, I get what you are saying but I don’t really agree.
The one time we didnt leave a tip was a couple of years ago. My Fiance and I were out with another couple and it was a new restaurant/lounge thing. We ordered drinks and the waitress got all of them wrong. Ok, no big deal….it happens. Then we ordered our meals. About 45 minutes later 3 of them came out. My FI’s meal wasnt brought to the table and the waitress left. We figured she went to grab it from the kitchen but we didnt see her for like 10 minutes. So we went to find her and she says “Oh, we didnt have any duck. Would you like to order something else?”. Ummm, what? You couldnt have told us an hour ago when we placed our order!! The night ended with a different waitress walking by and she dropped a tray full of drinks on my Fiance as he walked past her at the same time.
We did complain to the manager, but we also didnt leave a tip for this lady. A tip is to reward you for doing a job. This lady didnt do that, sorry.
Post # 26
I also understand your logic, missmidcentury, but respectfully disagree to a point. I think it should be brought up with the manager and a tip should also not be left. You are right that it doesn’t do a whole lot without talking to the manager, though.
Post # 27
Absolutely not. A tip is a thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty. If you tip someone for bad service, then you send the message that bad service is totally acceptable and that you want them to do the same to the next customer.
Post # 28
wow! I wouldn’t leave one either!
your poor FI!
Post # 29
As a former server, I definitely tip well for good service. Even mediocre service still gets a decent tip from me. If you are really terrible (not having a bad day/kitchen mess-up/newby mistakes), I’ll only leave about 10%. If you suck hardcore or are some sort of health threat, then I’ll talk to the manager.
Only once did I never leave a tip, and that was when we were ignored, the orders were messed up by the server, and she refused to split the tickets the proper way after she’d made a mistake (she’d mixed up couples).
Post # 30
I tip around 25% most of the time. More if it was great service. If the service was terrible then I’ll tip closer to 15%.
Post # 31
I usually leave 15% for average service, and then adjust to 20% for great and 10% for poor.
Sheesh! Since when did the average go up to 20%? Seems like most bees are generous ladies 🙂 In my area 15% is still standard and expected.