(Closed) Do you tip when you get poor service?

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: If you receive pretty crappy service, do you still tip?

    Yes, I tip about the same as if I had received good service.

    I still tip, but I take a considerable chunk out of what I would ordinarily leave for a server.

    If I receive poor service, I don't leave a tip.

    I'm cheap and never tip regardless of whether service is good or bad.

  • Post # 17
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

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    @JustLove: AGREED

    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
    7294 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

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    @soyjoy222: Goldfish crackers? Was she on drugs?

    Post # 20
    1962 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
    7691 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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 # 23
    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

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    @missmidcentury: 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 # 27
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    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 # 29
    5117 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    5667 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    83 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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. 

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