Re: Are you frugal or are you stingy?
It usually costs us about $17 at the Chinese Buffet, so we leave them $3. They bring us silverware and water and the bill at the end. We go there once every month or two.
Breakfast each Saturday runs us $14-15, and we leave them $4. That's about 26%, but they have our Mountain Dew on the table as soon as we sit down, and they keep them refilled. The staff there is great. Once in awhile they'll be training someone new, but we always give them 2 chances before we talk to the management and/or lower the tip. Service always improves once they have been working there a few weeks and have figured out the job.
Other than that, we tip about 20% normally. 15% if service is mediocre.
Yelnad --"What you're paying for is an education, not a room at the Sheraton,and sometimes that education is uncomfortable."- Jim Terhune, Dean of Student Affairs, Colgate University