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Old 10-15-2006, 07:37 PM   #21
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Neither do I. Both those options sound the same to me.

Why should the tip be based on the cost of the food it you are tipping for good service? It just does not make much sense to me.
That was my point/question.

I calculate the tip (for the service) based on the amount of the bill. When, actually, that doesn't make sense -- or does it?

BTW, I tip 15-20% of the total bill.

(And, when I've paid by credit card, I usually paid the server in cash - from the time I learned server's have to declare tips.)
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:02 PM   #22
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Why should the tip be based on the cost of the food it you are tipping for good service? It just does not make much sense to me.

I'd never thought of it that way. There must be some rationale that we're missing here., and I'd love to hear it.
Suzy, that was the point/question I was raising. Not so much as How Much - but based on what?
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:10 PM   #23
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Our tax here is 7 3/4 % so I will usually double the tax for a tip. If I aam out with my group of friends and there are 6 or more the tip is added to our bill.Dove
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:18 PM   #24
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(And, when I've paid by credit card, I usually paid the server in cash - from the time I learned server's have to declare tips.)
Why do you feel they should not have to declare their tips? Why would you purposfully want to help them break the law?
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:21 PM   #25
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Mish I guess what I do not understand is
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Do you pay a percentage of the bill for the tip to the waitstaff
sounds like the exact same thing as
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paying a percentage based on the meal/check total?
I guess I do not see the difference in those two things. Can you clear it up for me?
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:29 PM   #26
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Mish I guess what I do not understand issounds like the exact same thing as

I guess I do not see the difference in those two things. Can you clear it up for me?
He, he.... 25 posts later, someone asks what several of us may have been wondering all along!
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:48 PM   #27
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For good service I do 20% based on the total before taxes.
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:55 PM   #28
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I have to be extremely upset with service to not leave a tip. The other day hubby, son and I were out to eat. We were waiting quite awhile when the server came over and said he was very sorry but her forgot to put our ticket in, and he had already talked to the manager and he would be over shortly. Manager was there in a couple of minutes he apologized, and said he would take off 2 of our meals. Server apologized about 20 more times before we left. He got a pretty good tip, because he was honest about the problem and they tried to make it right. Then kids and I were out and the waitress was awful, she wouldn't refill drinks, if we asked for something, we had to ask 3 or 4 times, and still wouldn't get what we asked for. Manager was too busy to talk, so I didn't leave a tip. So I guess to answer the question, finally, I tip based on service.
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Old 10-15-2006, 09:53 PM   #29
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We generally tip 20% for satisfactory service. What really irritates me are "tip jars" at fast-food/pizza type places. Places where I call in my order, then go & pick it up. I don't see tip jars at Burger King or McDonald's. What's the difference? Because the food is better than a burger joint, I should tip the person who rang me up? I don't think so. I frequent places with tip jars less than those withOUT tip jars.
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Old 10-15-2006, 10:51 PM   #30
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This is one of those questions that encompasses so many variables it's impossible to answer.

I just deleted everything I typed because I can't give a straight answer and too many scenarios came to mind.
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