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Old 02-10-2019, 09:48 PM   #11
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I tip in 4 kinds of ways:

15% for just average service if I'm sitting down in the restaurant, and 20% for good service. I'll go higher if the waiter is extra friendly, is hustling to serve his or her tables, checks back to make sure everything is ok, and does things like refills drinks, or brings more bread without us asking.

The waiter/waitress has to really try to be unfriendly and not care about screwed up orders to get me to tip less than 15%, but it happens from time to time. I can only recall once or twice in my life when I left no tip.

If I'm getting takeout, I give a rounded 10%, but never less than $2 (say, for instance, the bill is $12 at a diner or pizza joint, I give a $2 tip. Not $1.20 as 10% would be).
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:59 PM   #12
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I pay for the meal and taxes with a credit card.

I tip 15% - 25% in cash, depending on quality of service.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:48 PM   #13
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I agree with those who have posted leaving a good tip for good service.

I'm in a rather small town and often go out to breakfast with family or friends, and we sometimes take up the table for a couple of hours chatting over coffee. We have a couple of fave restaurants and the servers are very good about not trying to push us out, refilling our coffee or iced tea, and making us feel welcome for as long as we want. They get very good tips.

If it's somewhere I'm unfamiliar with, again, if the service is good and the server is friendly, I give them 20% . Like others have said, if the food isn't what I expected, I still tip and just don't go back.

I also agree that servers should be paid more and not have to rely on tips to survive.

(And speaking of tipping (not just restaurants....), I tip the gentleman at the hair salon that has been doing my hair for the past 12 years, about 40%.. A good hairdresser that knows me, we can chat and laugh, and he'll schedule me in when it's convenient for me, is hard to come by! )
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:03 PM   #14
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Cheryl, I've been going to the same barber since 1992. He had his own shop for many years, but recently he took a job with the town's DPW (for the benefits and retirement stuff), but he still cuts hair twice a week in his friend's shop.

I used to have thick, long, wavy hair. Romance novel type manly hair.

Now, not so much.

I now drive 40 minutes to get my hair cut back to my old town, and have to schedule it a month in advance. But I've never had a bad cut from him.

Haircut: $23
Tip: $10

That's a 43.4% tip, lol.

I'm praying he never retires, or dies before me.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:32 PM   #15
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Wow, since 1992, Bucky! That's a heck of a long time.

I just told Alan last week that he's not allowed to retire.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:59 AM   #16
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I agree with everything you said Casey.


I have a point about groups however. I lunch with 7 ladies every Tuesday, and we always ask for separate checks because we're not there to try and figure out who owes what. It's not our job, it's theirs. I've noticed that we all tip well because of it. If a server balks at separate checks we get over it but never go back there, and tell management why.
They should all modernize their cash register / computer software. I have seen bills that showed group total and all the individual totals.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:05 AM   #17
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I tip in 4 kinds of ways:

15% for just average service if I'm sitting down in the restaurant, and 20% for good service. I'll go higher if the waiter is extra friendly, is hustling to serve his or her tables, checks back to make sure everything is ok, and does things like refills drinks, or brings more bread without us asking.

The waiter/waitress has to really try to be unfriendly and not care about screwed up orders to get me to tip less than 15%, but it happens from time to time. I can only recall once or twice in my life when I left no tip.

If I'm getting takeout, I give a rounded 10%, but never less than $2 (say, for instance, the bill is $12 at a diner or pizza joint, I give a $2 tip. Not $1.20 as 10% would be).
That pretty much sums up my tipping behaviour. I can't remember ever leaving no tip. I can remember leaving a nickel or dime once or twice, just to show I didn't forget about the tip. My mum taught me that one. She also taught me to tip extra when sitting around a long time with the coffee or whatever, because otherwise the server is losing money.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:49 AM   #18
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They should all modernize their cash register / computer software. I have seen bills that showed group total and all the individual totals.

I agree Taxi. Both the restaurant and the servers are far ahead with separate checks when requested. It's better for everyone, including the group members who deserve a stress free meal.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:22 AM   #19
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I definitely agree with tipping the server on their performance, not on the food. I even asked a server once if she had to share her tip with the kitchen because I was going to specify that I DID NOT want her to give any part of her tip to kitchen due to the fact that I had to wait for several minutes for my food after Craig got his, then had to send it back, and even then it still wasn't right. When we go out for breakfast, we always leave at least $5 in cash even if that's way more than 20% as long as service is good. Otherwise, it's 20% or less if we get really bad service. We'll always leave at least a dollar or two though and usually a note as to why. Thankfully, that's been a very, very rare occurrence. If it's lunch, 20% mostly. I can't really think of a time that service at lunch has so exceptional to leave more than that. Dinner 20%, though we have left closer to 30% on occasion for very good to exceptional service.
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I have a question about tipping but not in a restaurant. What should you tip a person that delivers food to your home when there is a delivery charge that you were told goes to the deliverer?

I tip maybe $5-7 bucks on Chinese or Thai and $3 on pizza
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