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Old 11-12-2007, 10:07 PM   #21
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... Come on, have good sense, and get the moths out of your moldy purse ... round the bill up to $20 & give him/her $4 or even $5.

I'll bet you've never worked food service for more than a couple of weeks.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:11 PM   #22
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In most instances, take the first digit of the bill total, and double it. This works out to between 15% to 18%.
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... Come on, have good sense, and get the moths out of your moldy purse ... round the bill up to $20 & give him/her $4 or even $5.
OK, I give up. Which is it?
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:01 AM   #23
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OK, I give up. Which is it?
And this is why the restaurants we go to have started printing the amount of the tip at the bottom of the charge receipt.

We'll get a charge receipt for a $28.43 lunch that'll have a line across the bottom: "10% = $2.84 ..... 15% = $4.26 .... 20% = $5.68"

My brother worked bars & restaurants for his eight years of a bachelor's degree in the 1980s, and he got mighty tired of many patrons over 65 who felt that 25 cents on a $20 bill was more than adequate.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:14 AM   #24
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Since DD started working as a waitress in college, I've gotten an earful about the goings on in that business. For instance, a share of her tips went to the bartender. I've become more geneous with the tips lately, unless the service is bad, AND I don't intend to return.

I go out with friends after choir practice every week to the same resturant/bar. We've always tipped them well, and they treat us very well. It has made the whole experience a lot more fun. Some nights the bartender doesn't charge for the second beer. When this happens, I give him the price of the beer in additional tip. It's an interesting and wholely predictable arrangement, fully sactioned by the manager who we've also come to know pretty well. It's given the old Cheers show on tv a whole new meaning to me, and gives value to being a regular customer for both sides of the equation.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:33 AM   #25
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I am cheap but my daughter worked summers home from college as a waitress to help pay for same. She tells me 20% and just to make it simple Dad use 10% times 2 figure it out. I look at it as repaying some of the money I saved back then sending her to college.

And you are right almost always some of the tip goes to others -- bus boys (PC bus persons), as you mention bartenders, and others, not to mention the imputed value of tips for tax purposes (received or not).
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:39 AM   #26
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20% or better works here - found that the gal gets a bit upset if i don't do that much - even if the service sucks bigtime. Something that i think is even more important is to respect the servicepeople and treat them as people rather than serf automatons. $6-$8 is not enough to get treated badly.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:29 PM   #27
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I go to a nice restaurant and the bill with wine is close to $200 unless the service is exceptional I can't imagine why the waitstaff should expect more than $30, and frankly that seems high. There is simply no way that waiter did ten times more work than the guy in the Vietnamese noodle house. It seems to me that 20% should the average tip and you basic coffee shop, sandwhich place, 15% at decent place and 10% at a fancy restaurant.
I agree. I can't afford this crap, and I also feel exploited. What is the point of spending money on pleasure, to wind up feeling exploited?

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Old 11-13-2007, 05:36 PM   #28
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I find that people who have worked for tips in the past leave good tips, and people who haven't worked for tips leave poor tips.

I haven't worked for tips, but I try to tip like someone who has.

That generally means 15-18% for normal service, and 20% for great service. In Califrornia I use the rule of thumb that I add a quarter of the food price... that covers 8.25% tax and 17.75% tip.
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:22 PM   #29
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I tip on the total bill, i.e. tax included. I take the dollar amount, double it and convert it to a tip. i.e. bill $18.25 = 18*2=36 or a $3.60 tip. As I now know that a $3.60 tip is more than 20%. So I would leave between $21 or $23, depending on the service, and say no change. I hate waiting for change. As the bill, without tax, is about $17, that makes about a 14% to 25% range.
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Who do you tip at Christmas ?
I tip my hairdresser a little more than usual .I also tip the lawn guy and my mother's home health aide and occasionally the mail carrier .
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Christmas! Haven't you read the other thread about the holidays? This board is occupied by true holiday haters! Bah Humbug!

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