(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. : (10 votes)
    7 %
    I still tip, but I take a considerable chunk out of what I would ordinarily leave for a server. : (113 votes)
    81 %
    If I receive poor service, I don't leave a tip. : (15 votes)
    11 %
    I'm cheap and never tip regardless of whether service is good or bad. : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 62
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @brideatbeach: I feel bad sometimes if I leave a not so good tip, even though they deserved 0.

    Post # 63
    464 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Out of amusement, I have to tell you a story. I talked to my mom about this, because I was curious about the standard tip around here, and she told me about my very odd grandpa.

    My grandpa is a very blunt odd man, I love him to death, but he can be brutal.

    He leaves a stack of ones next to him, and if a waiter is being obviously rude he will silently take a dollar off the pile…. right in front of them. SO embarassing for them and her when she was younger! (My mom said she always slid in extra cash.) But if they were good, and did a good job, she said it was more like 20-30% just sitting there.

    For me, in my area, we are taxed at the end of the year on tips, and most waiters get paid above minimum. I had a friend who worked entry level as a waiter (an applebees… nothing fancy, but nice) and got paid $5 more than me when I was in sales. I wasnt paid min either.

    Post # 64
    1047 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

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    @dynamic_duo: While I do agree that 15-20% is standard, I’m thinking more along the lines of which is more expected (and generally better).  Most of my server friends when tipped just 15% have a reaction of “what did I do wrong?” (and most of the time they did absolutely nothing wrong). A lot of them consider 15% to be “bad/old school” tipping (both upstate and in NYC).

    Of course, yeah, this information is coming from servers (and I myself worked in the restaurant industry) so we’re a bit biased 🙂

    Post # 65
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I always tip at least 20%, unless the service is pretty bad. But in general, I leave anywhere from 25-35%. My fiance is a good tipper, as well. One time we were out to dinner and left the girl a 50% tip.. I could tell she was new, but she was really friendly and you could tell she was really trying.

    I used to work as a server, so I know how hard it can be.

    Post # 66
    10713 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I don’t ever want to leave a tip when we get a server with attitude but my Fiance always does… He makes me so mad sometimes… 

    He gives very large tips to begin with if the service is good.

    Post # 67
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We tip 20% + if the service is okay or good. We’ll go down to 10% or 15% if it isn’t good. Service would have to be really bad for us not to leave something.

    Post # 68
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We leave 4% always, to cover the kitchen (as long as the food was good), if the service sucked.

    Yesterday we had AWFUL service and they automatically added a 15% tip, and I was so angry!!  I do not think tipping is mandatory, you absolutely must earn it.0

    Post # 69
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

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    @weeonebride: HA!  Your grandpa sounds hilarious!

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