(Closed) Do you tip your waiter if….

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I always, always, always tip! I have friends who are waiters and so I’m very sympathetic to what they go through, and I know it’s an incredibly difficult job. 

Post # 4
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes! The waiter is still giving you their time, and they rarely make minimum wage. 

Post # 6
2289 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Unless the service is once again horrid (and I mean, really, REALLY bad) than yes. I suggest 15% of what your meal is worth.

Post # 7
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Yes, you should tip even if it’s free. Same goes for free drinks, etc. Honestly, I tip more if i’m getting something free, not less.

Post # 8
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yes.  While the food is free, the waiter still has to give you service and if you don’t tip, they aren’t getting paid anything for that service.

Post # 10
114 posts
Blushing bee

yes. that’s embarassing not to tip and believe me that server WILL remember you and point you out to whichever server has you next time.

Post # 12
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i tip 10% when service is bad.  if it’s free appetizers for previous bad service i’d tip 15% of what it would have cost if i was paying….unless service is bad again.

Post # 13
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I don’t know if it’s the same at independent restaurants, but at all the chains I ever worked at, the manager is not allowed to receive tips, so if he receives one then he will give it to a tipped employee.

But in every other situation, PLEASE tip! Just because you get a free meal, or have a coupon for something doesn’t mean the server isn’t doing the equivalent amount of work–she IS.

Post # 14
1816 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Yes, I still tip even if I have a comped meal and I tip on what the actual amount would have been if I had a coupon.  I am sorry your original service was bad, but your new server should not be punished for it.

Post # 16
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No. Bad service does not deserve any tip. Otherwise it gives them your approval to do it to other people. Definitely talk to the manager though. If the manager is the one who serves you, there probably isn’t any higher up individual onsite. In which case, don’t go back.

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