(Closed) Do you tip your waiter if….

posted 10 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

YES, you should tip if the service you receive when you return to the restaurant is good or at least adequate.  It is unlikely that you will have the same waitor/waitress you had before and the bad service you received on your initial visit is not the fault of the server who you get on the second go-round.  Not tipping the second server for the bad service you recieved by the first server makes no sense.  I don’t know what the average base pay is for servfers in CA, but here in GA it’s $2.13, which I believe is the National Average…. so, that’s just some food for thought.   Hopefully, since you received poor service on your first visit, you reflected that in your tip (or lack thereof) to THAT waitor/waitress…. If you return, get a different server, and get descent service it would be rude, and quite frankly, low class if you didn’t tip on your second trip given that your appetizers will be free. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Selene–I think you misunderstood the question. OP and her friend were coming back in for a second time, for just their free appetizers, and were wondering, if service is fine, if they should tip on their free apps.

Post # 19
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460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes! Please always tip! If the service is awful, leave about 8-10% and tell the manager. A couple of years ago when I was serving, I was only paid half of minimum wage and legally had to claim at least 8% of my sales. So not tipping actually costs the server money. Technically, the restaurant is supposed to pay the server more if they don’t make enough in tips and hourly pay to make minimum wage, but that rarely actually happens.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

YES YES YES!!!  Still tip when you go in!!  The server you get this time won’t be the same one and you shouldn’t punish him or her based on what some other crappy ass server did!!  

This happened to me a couple of weeks ago….(I waitress 1xweek for extra wedding $$)  This couple came in and got $50 worth of food comped because they had such a shitty experience last time.  They purposely sat in my section because – not too toot my own horn – I’m more experienced than the other girls there and know how to work it!  They went on and on about how fabulous I was and how much better everything was this time around, blah blah blah…  I spent an hour focusing on them, getting things before they even asked…basically kissing their asses!!! And what did they leave me?!?! $0 – zilch, nada, nothing!!!!!  IT WASN’T MY FAULT FROM LAST TIME!!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Super happy to hear you guys tipped and got great service! I always tip well and feel horrid when whomever I am with doesnt even tip at all, its a little embarrassing to me. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yay! I’m glad you tipped ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was a server sometimes I would get people with gift cards/comp cards/coupons that wouldn’t tip ๐Ÿ™ I still worked just as hard for that table so it was always a total bummer. Glad you had a good experience the 2nd time around!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Future In-Laws are really stingy tippers and it upsets me when we go out with them, SO MUCH, because there’s pretty much no way for me to slip something onto the table afterwards without them noticing. I spent four years as a server (and will probably end up doing it again at some point), and I can still feel the rage and frustration brought on by receiving a bad tip after working running, lifting, sweating, slipping, and maneuvering all while focusing on what needed to get done, just to please a table. Serving is such a demanding job, physically, emotionally, and mentally (at least it was at all the super-busy corporate sh!+holes I ever worked at). I don’t think anyone gets it till they do it, and that’s really too bad! I wish there was some mandate that everyone needed to serve for a month just to see what it’s like, heh.

OP: I’m so glad you came back and got good service! It probably really delighted your server to see that not all people are clueless about what a server deserves in a situation where food is comped. Good karma will come back to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 26
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1232 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@veganglam- I agree, I think everyone should work in food service at least once in their life ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 28
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1232 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I started off as a hostess and worked my way up to server ๐Ÿ™‚ I was actually glad that I did too b/c it helped me get a feel for the way a restaurant works.

Post # 29
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2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think a lot of people start off as hosts! I got hired at 17 at Bob Evans as a server with no serving experience (though I had three years of customer service experience), but it was really a location thing. That one didn’t get nearly as busy as their sister store right outside of Hersheypark, which I applied and interviewed at first. They were only considering hiring me as a host with the possibility of working up to server. I think the less ‘fancy’ a restaurant and the less busy they get, the more likely they are to hire you without experience. My next job, however, at an Olive Garden that is on a wait pretty much 24/7 (WORST JOB EVER NEVER WORK FOR DARDEN), had a policy of hiring no one without experience.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was a waitress for 5 years and know how important tipping is, and as the other ladies have said…YES!  YES!  YES!  If you have good service the second time (which you have, yay!), I would recommend tipping at LEAST 15%.

That said, I have left a restaurant without tipping once.  My boyfriend and I went out to dinner with my sister and cousin, all four of us knowing that it was my treat.  Our server was excellent in getting refills, timely bringing out food, and extremely nice…to my boyfriend.  The girls and I sat through the entire dinner with empty glasses and our requests for anything were ignored.  Needless to say, not only was the service bad for myself and my family, but flirt with my boyfriend in front of me when I’m footing the bill?  No tip for you!

I don’t get to share that story very often, so I laughed when I found the opportunity to here!  Also, my boyfriend was so oblivious to the flirting (as he always is…sigh…haha) that he was offended that I didn’t leave a tip, because he got great service!

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