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How Much to You Tip Your Waiters/Waitresses?

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Sarcastic

United States

#1 Jun 25, 2010
I always tip 20% for good service if:

1. My drinks are kept filled
2. Dirty dishes are immediately removed,
3. I am allowed to eat appetizers before the main meal arrives (many times it is served a few minutes apart or at the same time),
4. The person is not rude or moody (everyone has their off days--I just don't want to pay to see theirs),
5. The waitress/waiter is actually waiting on tables and not sitting down talking to friends or talking on the phone or playing the disappearing game; and
4. The meal is served hot in a timely manner.

For poor service I will tip 15%-- yes, I know many say don't pay anything but these folks have bills to pay.

How much do you tip and what is your criteria?
former server

Canada

#2 Jun 25, 2010
it's considered good manners to tip 15% for good service. anything more should strictly be a reward for better than average service. 20% is a little high for a standard imho. poor service should not get 15%. poor service = poor tips.
when i waited tables, if i wanted better tips i had to give better service. i could work a double shift on a saturday and walk out of the steakhouse with $400 cash in tips pretty consistently.
Sweetie

Sparta, MO

#3 Jun 25, 2010
I always had a waitress job while in high school then when I was in college. Every once in a while when my husband and I are dining out I will notice a poor waiter or waitress having a bad night and say "I hope I never have to do that job again". He always says, "you won't have to sweetie." :) Life is funny sometimes and throws you a curve ball, so I never say "I never will .......".
Anon

Hollister, MO

#4 Jun 25, 2010
Anywhere from 0% to 50%. Depends on the service, how much cash is in my pocket (usually none) and if the tip can be added with a debit card (after the meal, none of that Ryan's tip before the meal crap).

Since: Jun 10

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#5 Jun 25, 2010
Good service usually gets 10%. Great service gets 15%. Exceptional service gets 20% plus!

Poor service gets nothing. Thankfully that doesn't happen often.

Here lately I haven't eat out much so nothing.:P

“Herp Derp”

Since: Mar 10

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#6 Jun 25, 2010
I find that if you are going to a restaurant repeatedly and you tip really well once or twice, the waitresses are breaking their necks to make sure you're happy on repeat visits.
Sarcastic

United States

#7 Jun 27, 2010
Rocking N Rolling wrote:
Good service usually gets 10%. Great service gets 15%. Exceptional service gets 20% plus!
Poor service gets nothing. Thankfully that doesn't happen often.
Here lately I haven't eat out much so nothing.:P
10% isn't enough. The people who rely on tips do not get paid minimum wage -- they get paid a lot less. The difference is suppose to be made up by tips.
Blasphemer

Roseburg, OR

#8 Jun 27, 2010
15% minimum...usually about 25%..more for exceptional food and service.
Blasphemer

Roseburg, OR

#9 Jun 27, 2010
breakfast waitresses ALWAYS get 25%...they were up long before me, and always have coffee

Since: Jun 10

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#10 Jun 28, 2010
Sarcastic wrote:
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10% isn't enough. The people who rely on tips do not get paid minimum wage -- they get paid a lot less. The difference is suppose to be made up by tips.
I know they don't get minimum wage, but between the tip I give them and the wage they are paid they've made over the minimum for an hour and that's without all their other tips. Like I said, good service is 10% if they are worth more they will give better service. I work hard for my cash and I am not just going to GIVE it away. I don't eat cheap when I do eat out so it's not like their 10% is a buck or something.
New2town

Canada

#11 Jun 28, 2010
Tipping based on the size of the tab seems stupid to me. It is just as much work, and requires the same attention to serve a $5 meal as it does a $25 meal.

If you eat out for breakfast (least expensive meal of the day) and get fabulous service, cup always filled, food served hot, and your tab is $5.00 - would you really leave 75 cents (15%)?
holly

United States

#12 Jun 28, 2010
New2town wrote:
Tipping based on the size of the tab seems stupid to me. It is just as much work, and requires the same attention to serve a $5 meal as it does a $25 meal.
If you eat out for breakfast (least expensive meal of the day) and get fabulous service, cup always filled, food served hot, and your tab is $5.00 - would you really leave 75 cents (15%)?
I agree,we sometimes also buy a bottle of wine at 25-$45 a bottle and I don't fell like the one trip to deliever it should be added to the tip tab,or the lobster expense.
Fine Diner

Sparta, MO

#13 Jun 29, 2010
Sarcastic wrote:
I always tip 20% for good service if:
1. My drinks are kept filled
2. Dirty dishes are immediately removed,
3. I am allowed to eat appetizers before the main meal arrives (many times it is served a few minutes apart or at the same time),
4. The person is not rude or moody (everyone has their off days--I just don't want to pay to see theirs),
5. The waitress/waiter is actually waiting on tables and not sitting down talking to friends or talking on the phone or playing the disappearing game; and
4. The meal is served hot in a timely manner.
For poor service I will tip 15%-- yes, I know many say don't pay anything but these folks have bills to pay.
How much do you tip and what is your criteria?
When I go out to eat, I go to enjoy the meal, not analyse the experience. Try it sometime!
Papa T

Chicago, IL

#14 Jun 30, 2010
Sarcastic wrote:
I always tip 20% for good service if:
1. My drinks are kept filled
2. Dirty dishes are immediately removed,
3. I am allowed to eat appetizers before the main meal arrives (many times it is served a few minutes apart or at the same time),
4. The person is not rude or moody (everyone has their off days--I just don't want to pay to see theirs),
5. The waitress/waiter is actually waiting on tables and not sitting down talking to friends or talking on the phone or playing the disappearing game; and
4. The meal is served hot in a timely manner.
For poor service I will tip 15%-- yes, I know many say don't pay anything but these folks have bills to pay.
How much do you tip and what is your criteria?
Good for you. Do you eat alone? Eight dollar meal and two dollar drink makes two dollar tip. Not hard to do. I have four kids so when I can finally afford a good dinner out for my family the bill is generally around 50 dollars or more. On a couple of rare occasions it has been right at 100. So by your calculations I should tip a minimum of 10 dollars or more? Even up to 20? Um nope!!! Most waiters and waitresses average 4 tables an hour if they average only 3 bucks per table that's 12 an hour plus thier wage. I only make 12.50 an hour to do concrete work. I work my tail off to provide for my family and will not pour my hard earned cash into anothers hand! 3 to 5 bucks is what they get. If 3 other tables do the same in an hour that's 12 to 20 bucks an hour plus their wage. That's plenty!!!
just saying

United States

#15 Jul 6, 2010
I'm so glad that so many other people think waitresses/waiters have it so good at 12 bucks an hour. If calculating how much they make an hour makes yourself feel better about what you leave on the table here is something for you to think about... When you are eating do you see any bus boys? Or how about the hostess that takes you to your table? Who do you think pays them? Your waitress or waiter does! Out of every tip you leave a portion of it also goes to them not just your waitress!!! So the whole 12 bucks an hour thing might help you sleep at night but its not accurate what so ever!
LuLu

Windsor, Canada

#16 Jul 6, 2010
I agree that the bus boy deserves something but the hostess that sat me at the table can kick rocks! What part of seating someone DESERVES a tip?
Peggy Sue

Branson, MO

#17 Jul 6, 2010
Being around and in the restaurant business for years, here is my honest take on tipping. As high as food and meals are when purchased in a restaurant, why should the poor customer be expected to pay the waitress anything extra,,,, if they deserve extra, let their managers pay it as other managers do in other businesses. If the waitress cannot make it it on the amount of pay they receive then they should do as many others have done,,,find other employment that pays better. This is just a fact of life. Many times I will not eat out because of the tip i'm expected to leave. This is not right for me or the business who is losing the would be meal. Let people think what they want of me but I will continue to not tip as I don't believe in it and sure can't afford it.
just saying

United States

#18 Jul 6, 2010
Then don't eat out!!! I worked as a waitress to get myself through school. The only hours I could work where nights. Servers are what makes a resturant work! The REASON for the tip is that you are getting a service! I just get so sick of people exactly like you!!!! Hurting the business??? Seriously? What about the hardworking people. I don't know how many 8 to 14 hour shifts I worked without a break! Not even for food or to rest my feet. So do every server in this country and eat at Mickey Ds!!!!
just saying

United States

#19 Jul 6, 2010
Do every server in this country a HUGE favor and eat at Mickey Ds!!!***
Peggy Sue

Branson, MO

#20 Jul 6, 2010
Occasionally I post something, not trying to hurt anyone, just quoting my opinion. AND THEN, some lame-brain,(just because they disagree with me) tells me they get sick of people like me. Servers at Mickey D's bring me my food and THEY don't have their hand out waiting for me to enhance there palms with free money. I will probably continue giving my opinion on issues. I promise I will never attack someone because of who they are or what they do, unless they come at me first as this "just saying" tried to do.

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