(Closed) How do you base your tipping?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you decide what you're going to tip?

    Based on my bill.

    Based on my service.

    Based on my food/drink.

    How long I sat there.


    I don't believe in tipping. I shouldn't pay you extra to do your job.

    It varies.

  • Post # 122
    12 posts
    • Wedding: January 2009

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    Post # 123
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @Springs1:  I don’t know why I’m even indulging you because you said that you hunt for tipping threads, which is, yes, crazy. To answer your question, I don’t blame the server for things that clearly are not their fault. Why would I tip less to a server if my steak comes out more rare than I’d like? The server didn’t make my steak. 

    Post # 124
    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

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    @peachacid:  I’m not making the argument that terrible staff should be given tips; I’m sorry if that was the impression I left. However, I’ve been around people who mistakenly think that servers are paid minimum wage just like any other job, so they purposely don’t leave tips. If the service is good, I’ll tip accordingly.

    But for me, the service has to be pretty awful before I won’t leave a tip. I tend to be forgiving. Going out, smoking, calling people and otherwise ignoring your customers, though, is full-steam-ahead a good reason not to tip.

    It’s the same argument I have with pizza delivery drivers: the vast majority of the time, the ‘delivery charge’ doesn’t go to the drivers. A lot of people think it does and don’t tip.

    Post # 125
    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

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    @BrandNewBride:  I agree with you on getting upset when people don’t tip or tip very low. As far as I see it, the tip is the cost of dining out. If you can’t afford to tip, go get fast food or something.

    I dated a guy years ago who always paid with card when we would go out to eat. When I saw a receipt later on, I was horrified to see that he never tipped. We had been going to some of those restaurants for several months. I had no idea. I remember confronting him about it, and he was actually pleased with himself. Needless to say, the relationship ended almost immediately. The way a person treats others is often a very good indicator of character overall.

    I understand some people aren’t aware of tipping protocol, but I don’t get the people who are presented with evidence that the standard is (x), and they still defend their tipping habits and carry on. I understand not everyone tips as well as I do, and that’s fine; but there’s a point when it gets to be more insulting than just…not leaving a tip (there is a reason, after all, people will leave a penny instead of nothing for bad service; it makes it clear it wasn’t forgotten).

    If people purposely don’t tip or tip very low, it usually tells me that they’re arrogant and think they’re better than someone in a server position.



    Post # 126
    256 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    20%, no matter what.

    Post # 127
    1001 posts
    Bumble bee

    SO and I rarely tip below 20%. 

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