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Old 08-13-2016, 01:41 PM   #61
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I usually leave around 30% for the bartender. But she's hot and deserving of it.
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Old 08-13-2016, 02:17 PM   #62
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Since we often visit restaurants offering "specials" (pie on Thursdays - $1, etc.) I have noticed that the "suggested gratuity" always includes the full price of the special when figuring it. I have no problem with this - especially since it's only suggested and not forced.
My experience at a local brewery is just the opposite. There was no recommended tip, and the bill just showed the steeply discounted happy hour prices for beers and appetizers. After leaving a generous tip based on my recollection of the "list prices", I talked to our waitress and suggested they should at least show the full price, then the discount. I think (hope?) most people would tip on the non-discounted price.

After thanking me for the tip, and the comment, she went on to say that the staff refers to happy hour pricing as "half price apps, half price tips".
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Old 08-13-2016, 02:19 PM   #63
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But, instead they don't pay a normal wage and then the customer is the "cheap" one for not tipping enough.
Actually that is part of the whole $15 minimum wage issue. Removing the exemption for folks that are tipped from the minimum wage. (in most places there is a lower minimum wage for folks that get tips). Now of course the other question is if the server is getting $15 such as in Ca or Seattle, or NYC how much to tip? 20% seems excessive with the higher minimum wage.
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Actually that is part of the whole $15 minimum wage issue. Removing the exemption for folks that are tipped from the minimum wage. (in most places there is a lower minimum wage for folks that get tips). Now of course the other question is if the server is getting $15 such as in Ca or Seattle, or NYC how much to tip? 20% seems excessive with the higher minimum wage.
I don't know if it is true everywhere, but here waitresses do not get the minimum wage. Not sure why (is it because they are not involved in interstate commerce, maybe?), but anyway they only get about $2/hour plus tips.

We ALWAYS tip because of their low pay. If a waitress or waiter does a great job, we add a little extra.


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The American federal government requires a wage of at least $2.13 per hour be paid to employees that receive at least $30 per month in tips. If wages and tips do not equal the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour during any pay period, the employer is required to increase cash wages to compensate.
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Yep, this always made me angry - much more than calculating the tip with the tax. It got to the place where, if I didn't see the policy listed on the menu ("We add 18% gratuity to all meals with 8 or more patrons...") I would ask whenever there was a significant sized group. Back in the day, I bounced a couple of managers about the "tip on the tip" and they gave the excuse that they couldn't suppress the tip line (since most of their meals were smaller groups - not subject to the "forced" gratuity.) Then I would ask why they did not point out the potential "double tip" to patrons upon presenting the bill - at which point they would blame the wait staff. I no longer have to worry about "big" groups as that only happened back when I was w*rking. Yet another advantage of ER, heh, heh - no staff "get-togethers."
I have had the same experience (and like you, mostly when working and entertaining customers).

On a related topic, has any else noticed the appearance of tip lines when dining in Europe? The menu says, in small print at the bottom, "service compris", and the locals all know not to tip, or just leave a small rounding tip. Makes me wonder if they are trying to take advantage of the gullible Americans.
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I have had the same experience (and like you, mostly when working and entertaining customers).

On a related topic, has any else noticed the appearance of tip lines when dining in Europe? The menu says, in small print at the bottom, "service compris", and the locals all know not to tip, or just leave a small rounding tip. Makes me wonder if they are trying to take advantage of the gullible Americans.
Trust me, all Americans are not that gullible.
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I don't know if it is true everywhere, but here waitresses do not get the minimum wage. Not sure why (is it because they are not involved in interstate commerce, maybe?), but anyway they only get about $2/hour plus tips.

We ALWAYS tip because of their low pay. If a waitress or waiter does a great job, we add a little extra.


Edited to add: OK I found this on Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipped..._United_States
It depends on the laws of the state involved. In Ca its the full rate no exemption for tipped employees. Which means when the wage goes to 15 per hour in 2020 in Ca one should reduce the tip somewhat perhaps back to the old 10%
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When I go out to eat by myself and the bill is $10-15 I will always leave $4-5.
Leaving a 30% to 33% tip every time makes no sense, I don't care how much money you have.

With a $15. an hour minimum wage becoming the law in the near future (at least here in California), many of these restaurant service workers will be getting paid more then Police, Firefighters and certainly Teachers. What a screwed up system we have!
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With a $15. an hour minimum wage becoming the law in the near future (at least here in California), many of these restaurant service workers will be getting paid more then Police, Firefighters and certainly Teachers. What a screwed up system we have!
you are going to have some very expensive burgers in CA if that's the case
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I never understood why this is a sticking point for people. I always understood the tip to be 15 to 20% of the service. As a customer I agree that the tip is part of the cost of the service. Why wouldn't I tip on the tax?
That's the way I've always looked at it. Most servers work pretty hard for their money, and the small difference is negligible to me. I even take it a step farther and round the total, including tip, up to the nearest dollar.
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Yup, and a lot of smaller places will go out of business!
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Trust me, all Americans are not that gullible.
Having lived in France for many years, I can attest that many (not all) are that gullible.

We've had to tell visitors from the US how it works and sometimes they STILL leave a 15% tip because "they feel guilty walking out not tipping"!

Some places in tourist areas will give you a credit card slip with "gratuity" listed, like in the US; this is illegal but they still do it.
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you are going to have some very expensive burgers in CA if that's the case
And those police, firefighters and teachers (do they really make less than $30k per year? ($15X40X52) Won't be able to afford it.

Seriously, let's not kid ourselves. An increase in the minimum wage will only mean fewer staff, more overworked staff and poorer service. And higher prices that the management can hide behind.
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Seriously, let's not kid ourselves. An increase in the minimum wage will only mean fewer staff, more overworked staff and poorer service. And higher prices that the management can hide behind.
maybe we should do a pole on how much a big mac costs in our home towns? that should be a good barometer
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In California, I tip double what the tax is, which can vary from 7.5% to 8.5%, making the tip 15 to 19%.

However, I leave a minimum tip of $5 if it's just me, or $3 a head for a party of two or more when the meal costs are inexpensive enough to warrant.

But, when minimum wage goes to $15 an hour, the premise being that it is a living wage, then I'm not going to tip a wait staff any more than I'd tip any other service worker. (Meaning ZERO tip) Look, I didn't push for the minimum wage for wait staff to jump up that high. I don't consider it my fault that they may loose money on the deal. But I'm not going to tip well compensated employees for doing what they are paid to do right in the first place and paid a FULL wage for it as well.

Hopefully, restaurants will push hard to eliminate tipping when the wages jump to $15 an hour, acknowledging that wages are now at a level commensurate to full compensation, and we patrons won't have to.
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Hopefully, restaurants will push hard to eliminate tipping when the wages jump to $15 an hour, acknowledging that wages are now at a level commensurate to full compensation, and we patrons won't have to.
I think restaurants will want to keep the tip idea, but will share less of it with the staff being paid $15 whenever possible.

I always suspect when you pay a tip on the CC, that the restaurant keeps some of it for the Manger or profit, as how would a server know what you tipped on the CC ?
I think it's harder to track than cash in the pocket at the end of the night.
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I always suspect when you pay a tip on the CC, that the restaurant keeps some of it for the Manger or profit, as how would a server know what you tipped on the CC ?
I think it's harder to track than cash in the pocket at the end of the night.
This is why when I do put a restaurant meal on a cc (which is not often) I pay the tip in cash.
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And those police, firefighters and teachers (do they really make less than $30k per year? ($15X40X52)
You forgot to add in the yearly tip amount. That yearly $31,200. salary could easily include another $20,000. in tips, so yes, teachers and many Public Safety people make the same or less.

Even without tips, a waitress will earn more then those Federal Forest Service Firefighters working their ass off in 100 degree heat.
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You forgot to add in the yearly tip amount. That yearly $31,200. salary could easily include another $20,000. in tips, so yes, teachers and many Public Safety people make the same or less.

Even without tips, a waitress will earn more then those Federal Forest Service Firefighters working their ass off in 100 degree heat.
I know a person who earned $10,000 in wages ($11 per hour here) working 2-3 days a week, and $30,000 in tips. She declared $3,000 to keep the tax people off her back, and of course, paid very little tax on her "reported" earnings of $13,000.

$40,000 in (almost) tax free earnings isn't that bad for a 2-3 day week...
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