Do people of seymour know how to tip your server??

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Single-momma

United States

#1 Jun 14, 2012
I have just recently moved to seymour, and started a serving job at a local restaurant. Now, I'm from illinois so I know it differs from state to state, but, is it just me or are the people of seymour really bad tippers?? I've been serving for over 10 years so I know it's not me. I'm excellent server otherwise I would not be in this profession. but if you have the money to go out to eat, you have to make sure you have enough money to tip your server! it should go like this: 15% if you thought the server was lousy, 20% if you thought your server was okay, and 25% or more if you thought your server was excellent. and please remember, if something was wrong with your food please don't take it out on your server. we have no control over how the food was cooked!! you tip your server on how good their service that was provided they provided you. unless they didn't try to make what was wrong right (or the server was just down right rude)then there should be no reason why you shouldnt tip
at least 20%! and also remember, you are not the only table that server has, if you see that the restaurant is busy please be patient, I promise that we are working our butts off to get over to you, or at least I am, lol!!
Grammar police

Spiceland, IN

#2 Jun 14, 2012
Wow, 15% for lousy service....really?
good

Madison, IN

#3 Jun 14, 2012
You won't see anyone shelling out any greenbacks for poor service or poor food. I tip well but never for the aforementioned situations, not a cent, then it will be a long time before I come back, if ever.

If you work at Cracker Barrel I can tell you it was last fall since I was there and the food AND service sucked. Definitely not the standard dependable that the rest of the chain I've frequented is. Night and day between that one and the far superior one in Shelbyville Ky and Scottsburg IN.
Single-momma

United States

#4 Jun 14, 2012
Grammar police wrote:
Wow, 15% for lousy service....really?
just out of curiosity, what is your definition of lousy service??
get a real job

Elkhart, IN

#5 Jun 15, 2012
Why should I use the money I make from "my real job" to pay for another persons job? Hell, I didnt employ you to work for me now did I? I just wanted some damn food, who cares how it gets to me.

I like to think of waitress's as homeless people, but only smarter... they both beg for money but besides just making a funny cardboard sign, they bring a plate of food half way across a room.(its worthy of a dollar or two - less pathetic) But you have every right to complain about people not GIVING you enough money. Whys that? Because you found a lousy job that pays you 2 dollars an hour and since you're not happy with it, you're gonna ask on random strangers to give you more money! Bravo.

BTW I tip the tax times 2.
Eater

Columbus, IN

#6 Jun 15, 2012
I typically double the tax. That comes to about 14 or 15%. Then I add or subtract a bit depending on the service.

You only have to do 2 things to be a good server in my eyes. Be nice and keep my glass full.
I was a Cracker Barrel recently and it was not very busy at all. Barely saw the damn waitress and never got a freaking refill on my soda. You better believe that chick got the same as the tax!
DUH

Seymour, IN

#7 Jun 16, 2012
get a real job wrote:
Why should I use the money I make from "my real job" to pay for another persons job? Hell, I didnt employ you to work for me now did I? I just wanted some damn food, who cares how it gets to me.
I like to think of waitress's as homeless people, but only smarter... they both beg for money but besides just making a funny cardboard sign, they bring a plate of food half way across a room.(its worthy of a dollar or two - less pathetic) But you have every right to complain about people not GIVING you enough money. Whys that? Because you found a lousy job that pays you 2 dollars an hour and since you're not happy with it, you're gonna ask on random strangers to give you more money! Bravo.
BTW I tip the tax times 2.
Raising the pay of all of the servers in a restaurant up to minimum wage would create a huge expense to the restaurant owner. How do you think the restaurant owner would cover that expense?
By raising the price of the product. That 3.50 sandwich would now cost you about 8.00. You would no longer be expected to tip just the one server - you would be responsible for helping cover the cost of a $5+ an hour raise for every server in the place.
Furthermore, if a server is getting paid an hourly wage,what kind of service do you expect to get. He or she is getting paid the same whether your glass is full or not. If you don't come back, no big deal - still getting the same amount of pay.
Oh, and by the way - I BRING HOME at least $12 an hour from my "fantasy" server's job. I used to have a "real" job - complete with a title, but, I couldn't live on the $8.50 an hour BEFORE TAX pay.
Zander

Seymour, IN

#8 Jun 16, 2012
Well if you are saying that you regularly brought home $12 an hour (or more) and she's on here complaining I'd say there maybe a clue there. Either she needs to find a new career that provides her with a better income or a new restaurant that assist her in providing better service.

I tip based on what you do for me not how much the owner expects me to pay. If the service sucks you won't get much. If the food is slow, gross, or messed up don't expect me back at the place much (this no future tip).

While your complaining could you please explain why some places tack on an automatic gratuity fee for large tables when there are several different bills there (i kinda get it if all on one bill). It's the same number of people and bills you would likely be getting if the people all came in seprate or sat at different tables. Seems like they are just finding ways to suck money out of people and it usually ends up costing the waitress what may have been a better tip if it wasn't included.
sorry about that

Seymour, IN

#9 Jun 20, 2012
Zander wrote:
Well if you are saying that you regularly brought home $12 an hour (or more) and she's on here complaining I'd say there maybe a clue there. Either she needs to find a new career that provides her with a better income or a new restaurant that assist her in providing better service.
I tip based on what you do for me not how much the owner expects me to pay. If the service sucks you won't get much. If the food is slow, gross, or messed up don't expect me back at the place much (this no future tip).
While your complaining could you please explain why some places tack on an automatic gratuity fee for large tables when there are several different bills there (i kinda get it if all on one bill). It's the same number of people and bills you would likely be getting if the people all came in seprate or sat at different tables. Seems like they are just finding ways to suck money out of people and it usually ends up costing the waitress what may have been a better tip if it wasn't included.
Sorry, Zander, I didnít mean to sound as if I was complaining. I actually enjoy waiting tables.
I just canít understand the logic for thinking these jobs are surreal. Careercast.com ranked the 10 worst jobs for 2012. Waiter/Waitress came in at # 6 due to the physical demands, and high stress levels associated with the job. These jobs are very ďrealĒ.
As for the autograt, I tend to agree with you. If it is a large table, but, the bills are being paid separately, the gratuity should not be included in the bill totals. Although I will say, I did see a situation once in which a girl came in to work specifically for the purpose of waiting on a party of 35. The bills were paid separately, and the autograt was not applied. The poor gal left with less than $10 in her pocket. But, that is not normally the case.
When one person is paying the bill for a large group, I do think that the autograt should be applied. If two people dine out and the bill is $26, itís not so hard to lay an extra $4 or $5 dollars on the table as a tip. If 15 people are dining out, and the bill is closer to $200.00, it is a little harder for a person to put an additional $30 to $40 out for a tip.
Grammar police

Spiceland, IN

#10 Jun 20, 2012
Autograt is included on large parties, no matter how the bill's split up. There are still X amount of people to wait on, it doesn't matter how many are paying. My beef with auotgrat is they are pretty much judging that you're a lousy tipper so they're going to make you do it. In that instance, unless I get extraordinary service, I don't add any to it. I tell them up front if you're going to autograt, you're screwing yourself. I was with a group of about 10 over the weekend where we split the checks, I told the gal that and the bills were not autograted, she did a great job, my beer mug was never empty, I gave her 50 bucks for a 32 dollar check.

There is good money to be made being a waitperson. However you're going to bust your ass to be good at it where you make some money, and the hours suck. I used to do it part time when I was younger to supplement my income. I actually made better money doing that than I did at my full time job, on the face of it. Of course most waiter positions don't include the bennies.
Single-momma

United States

#11 Jul 16, 2012
get a real job wrote:
Why should I use the money I make from "my real job" to pay for another persons job? Hell, I didnt employ you to work for me now did I? I just wanted some damn food, who cares how it gets to me.
I like to think of waitress's as homeless people, but only smarter... they both beg for money but besides just making a funny cardboard sign, they bring a plate of food half way across a room.(its worthy of a dollar or two - less pathetic) But you have every right to complain about people not GIVING you enough money. Whys that? Because you found a lousy job that pays you 2 dollars an hour and since you're not happy with it, you're gonna ask on random strangers to give you more money! Bravo.
BTW I tip the tax times 2.
And it's people like you that I remember for future reference :-) A little spit in your sandwich, some visine in you're drink. Serving is a little more than just simply refilling your drink. But why waste my breath trying to argue with complete idiots like you?? Always trying to find some excuse not to tip your server. If you don't want to tip a server, go to mcdonalds!!! Remember this as your ' waiting' on your refill. Because, I know if a table I'm waiting on, isn't going to tip good, I'll let their drinks run dry, or let their food sit in the back. On the other hand, tip well, and get the best service ever!!:-)
Single-momma

United States

#12 Jul 16, 2012
Eater wrote:
I typically double the tax. That comes to about 14 or 15%. Then I add or subtract a bit depending on the service.
You only have to do 2 things to be a good server in my eyes. Be nice and keep my glass full.
I was a Cracker Barrel recently and it was not very busy at all. Barely saw the damn waitress and never got a freaking refill on my soda. You better believe that chick got the same as the tax!
What, are you stuck in the 90's??? It's been a long time since anyones tipped like that. An easy way to remember is you're supposed to to at least $2 for every $10.:-)
Single-momma

United States

#13 Jul 16, 2012
Single-momma wrote:
<quoted text>
What, are you stuck in the 90's??? It's been a long time since anyones tipped like that. An easy way to remember is you're supposed to to at least $2 for every $10.:-)
*tip...stupid auto-correct on my phone, lol
Single-momma

United States

#14 Jul 16, 2012
DUH wrote:
<quoted text>
Raising the pay of all of the servers in a restaurant up to minimum wage would create a huge expense to the restaurant owner. How do you think the restaurant owner would cover that expense?
By raising the price of the product. That 3.50 sandwich would now cost you about 8.00. You would no longer be expected to tip just the one server - you would be responsible for helping cover the cost of a $5+ an hour raise for every server in the place.
Furthermore, if a server is getting paid an hourly wage,what kind of service do you expect to get. He or she is getting paid the same whether your glass is full or not. If you don't come back, no big deal - still getting the same amount of pay.
Oh, and by the way - I BRING HOME at least $12 an hour from my "fantasy" server's job. I used to have a "real" job - complete with a title, but, I couldn't live on the $8.50 an hour BEFORE TAX
pay.
Amen!!! I usually average a little more than that, about $17/hour. I know you can't please everyone, but it's nice to be recognized for a job well done!! And while the verbal complements are nice people, in the words of cuba gooding jr....show me the money!!!! Lol
ben there

Springville, IN

#15 Jul 17, 2012
Most of these people don't know that you have to pay tax on the tip even if you didn't get it.My sister worked at Dennys, some times her pay check was $2.00 because they take the tax on what she should have got in tips.If she didn't get what was expected she had to not pay a bill or buy school supplies for her kds. And to the Person who thinks its ok to belittle a person because they work in a restaurant. Please feel free not to expect good service you dont deserve it.You should get a real concious
Grammar police

Centerville, IN

#16 Jul 18, 2012
ben there wrote:
Most of these people don't know that you have to pay tax on the tip even if you didn't get it.
Kind of true. There is a formula for figuring what you "should" have received. You can easily look it up. I would guess that some businesses would possibly go ahead and use the formula with their standard deductions when they do payroll. It's up to the individual to actually account for their wages and tips. At one time that's what made this trade so attractive, there was no paper trail, you didn't have to pay taxes on the tips. However with today's economy, and everyone using debit/credit cards, suddenly there is a paper trail. But still I highly doubt that anyone is turning all of it in. I frequently put the tab on plastic and leave a cash tip. If you can get by with it, more power to you.
ben there

Columbus, IN

#17 Jul 21, 2012
At dennys they pay 2.15 an hour. But they tax you on what you would have got if every one had tipped the amount the Government says is right.So if you only got a 5% tip you are actually being taxed for more than you got.
Seymourite

Franklin, IN

#18 Jul 22, 2012
I have been known to do 20-40%. I have one gal at Cracker Barrrel that knows we want in and out of there with two small kids. She gets our drink order at the same time as our food, so we can be in and out. Too many times, the staff is standing at the soda fountain chatting away and you have to flag them down for the bill. Also, if you see someone has small kids, bring extra napkins. There are some great waitresses in Seymour, just have to know their names and ask for their sections! And if you smell like smoke from just having been outside, please do not come near my table when you stink.
Tipmaster

Seymour, IN

#19 Jul 22, 2012
Cracker Barrell and other places like that..I look at making a 7 or 8 dollar tip regardless of the bill for my guest and I. The quicker I get my drink , dinner and refills or the fact of sending my food back....will only take away from my tip. I have only once had to send my food back anywhere and that was at Long Horn in Southport....I do not feel that if I spend 100 bucks on my dinner I owe anyone else anything....that's why its called a gratutity....
just getting by

Seymour, IN

#20 Sep 4, 2012
ok I might take my wife out once a month, for a steak, that not very many in town can cook half way right, the service has for most parts been below par! not to think about the forty-five mins. it takes after we get a seat,or the drinks are over priced, heck you can get a six pack of bud lite for less then 6 bucks but they charge more then that for just 2 beers,but you think I have to still give you 20%! why dont you go too work at Aisan or NTN for 10 bucks an hour the pay your taxes an ins. working 7 days a week 8 to 12 hrs a day, you only put in what maybe 5 mins per table to set them take their order an serv them! an half the time you have a bad attatude! If your not nice
I dont tip. If food is crap I tip because you was nice but I tip good only If it all was a good visit If I have to send the food back you only 1 an change maybe 2 bucks an change, I Drive a truck for a living,working 14 hrs a day an drug free,take at least 1 drug test a month, how often do you get drug tested

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