How Much to You Tip Your Waiters/Wait...
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pooker

United States

#121 Apr 24, 2012
Blkcat wrote:
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Always present a calm cheerful attitude (Never allow allow rush's to frazzle you)
Always come to work in a clean, wrinkle free, uniform
Learn your menu inside and out (even kick back with the cooks/chef's during break times)
Make sure that every meal that you serve is exactly as ordered or expected.(see above)
Never, EVER, fill a drink on the table. Either bring a fresh one or remove the cup from the table before pouring.
Never just stand around on the 'floor'. Believe me, there is ALWAYS something that needs to be done. ;)
Always 'flirt' with your guests.(I didnt say hit-on or date :P)
Always remember, your guest is the reason for your job in the first place. Your job is to make them feel welcome.
lets add to list:

A. If you have a cell phone, leave it somewhere else...texting like the servers @ Ruby Tuesdays do, is rude.
B. Don't smell like an ashtray. If you cannot go a few hours without running to the dumpster to smoke, find a different place to work.
C. Socialize with your co-workers AFTER your shift, not during.
D. Don't walk by my table that is not assigned to your section, and leave my finished plates for MY server to bus, when I can see your not busy....ie texting at end of bar.
Bosnia NH

Manchester, NH

#122 Oct 6, 2012
Depending if I'm on a date or with my gf, I do tip hoping to get laid lol JK.
Bosnia NH

Manchester, NH

#123 Oct 6, 2012
Well, in Europe it works just fine without tipping, because everything is included in the price. I think they are paid by the hour, the way it should be!!
I don't know who made this stupid tipping rule, but I still do tip the waitresses all the time.
I don't agree with it, but I tip them because they work and they expect to get paid.

We do get to see the fake smile :), but I prefer the fake smile and kindness more than European waiters that usually don't smile.

Tipping sucks because serving food and drinks takes couple of minutes, at most it takes 5-10 min total,
but they usually get $10-20 tips for few minutes of work. The higher the bill, the bigger the tip, and that's not right!! Let the freaking owner pay his employees!! For now we are covering that cost!

Many times, they hand me the glass of ice and the drink I ordered, and I still tip, wtf!!?? Maybe they should put vending machines there, or change this rule.
CLUEkey

West Plains, MO

#124 Oct 7, 2012
Bosnia NH wrote:
Depending if I'm on a date or with my gf, I do tip hoping to get laid lol JK.
depending if I'm on a date or with my GF? WTF DOES THAT MEAN? You date your BOYFRIENDS?
Just be fair

Reeds Spring, MO

#125 Oct 8, 2012
I tip 20% for good service. Always. Servers have a thankless job. They don't make minimmum wage. Their tips are taxed. Argh. It they are bad I tip 10.
Kellyann

Nashville, TN

#126 Dec 7, 2012
If you can not afford to give a waitress a respectable tip then you should not be going out to dinner, it's that simple.

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#127 Dec 14, 2012
Just be fair wrote:
I tip 20% for good service. Always. Servers have a thankless job. They don't make minimmum wage. Their tips are taxed. Argh. It they are bad I tip 10.
I customarily leave 15 to 20% for service that is fair to good, in that order. If the meal requires repeat trips, always 20%.
watcher

Branson, MO

#128 Dec 14, 2012
Att: all fellow Christians...you will be judged by God according to how you judge others. God will treat you with mercy according to the amount of mercy you give to others - including your wait-person.

If you require your wait-person and others to serve you "perfectly" or close to it before you will tip them fairly, you better be serving your Lord "perfectly" or close to it every day - no complaining, no whining, big smile on your face towards Him every minute, etc...otherwise better to be graciously merciful in your tipping habits. It WILL come back to you in like kind.

For real!
Jim

Grand Rapids, MI

#129 Apr 24, 2013
Papa T wrote:
<quoted text> 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!!!
Seriously? Yes 10-20% is $10-$20 and that is what you should tip! If you can't afford to tip decently for a prepared meal you should NOT eat out! Most place "Tip Out" now meaning the bussers, bartenders and hosts/hostesses rely on getting a cut of the waiter/waitresses tip! So your theory is not accurate at all.
agree

Ozark, MO

#130 Apr 24, 2013
Jim wrote:
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Seriously? Yes 10-20% is $10-$20 and that is what you should tip! If you can't afford to tip decently for a prepared meal you should NOT eat out! Most place "Tip Out" now meaning the bussers, bartenders and hosts/hostesses rely on getting a cut of the waiter/waitresses tip! So your theory is not accurate at all.
And taking into account that many people either don't tip or think throwing down a dollar bill or their spare change counts as a tip would greatly reduce their so called hourly wage. Also add in that they have to pay taxes on that money and there are off hours where they don't have many tables and that figure goes lower.
But biggest point of all is that it isn't the server's problem nor fault that someone had 4 kids that they can't afford. I am beyond fed up with that boo hoo, woe is me line about having too many kids.
It is funny

White Oak, TX

#131 Apr 24, 2013
I have lived in several states and no service here has ever come close to the exceptional service I always received in the state that paid their servers the full minimum wage plus tips. I truly believe it is because they knew their tip was a bonus so they worked harder and had much better attitudes and people skills. Servers in MO and AR expect tips to make up the income these employers do not pay them so they do not feel obligated to earn them. Well guess what? You are expected to earn your pay no matter the job. If you want a good tip, earn it. Sonic, for example, is a joke. Some pay their carhops $5.50 and expect them to make the difference in tips. Tip for what? They do no more work than the drive-thru help, drink makers, order takers, or cooks. I'll be damned even if I do not eat their nasty over priced garbage they call food. I tip according to the service I receive. I do not eat out locally though because the service is always sub par. Show me a great restaurant with great service and I will eat there and tip well. Meanwhile you nasty servers can get your handouts elsewhere. Just so we are clear, I am an easy customer so do not mistake my opinion to mean otherwise.
hmmm

Ozark, MO

#132 Apr 25, 2013
It is funny wrote:
I have lived in several states and no service here has ever come close to the exceptional service I always received in the state that paid their servers the full minimum wage plus tips. I truly believe it is because they knew their tip was a bonus so they worked harder and had much better attitudes and people skills. Servers in MO and AR expect tips to make up the income these employers do not pay them so they do not feel obligated to earn them. Well guess what? You are expected to earn your pay no matter the job. If you want a good tip, earn it. Sonic, for example, is a joke. Some pay their carhops $5.50 and expect them to make the difference in tips. Tip for what? They do no more work than the drive-thru help, drink makers, order takers, or cooks. I'll be damned even if I do not eat their nasty over priced garbage they call food. I tip according to the service I receive. I do not eat out locally though because the service is always sub par. Show me a great restaurant with great service and I will eat there and tip well. Meanwhile you nasty servers can get your handouts elsewhere. Just so we are clear, I am an easy customer so do not mistake my opinion to mean otherwise.
In all fairness the carhops at Sonic do have to go outside in the crappy MO weather and deliver food all day. I don't see how it would break anyone to let them keep the change. Other than that.. I agree with most of what you said. I only get take out from the restaurants in WP. However the servers in Branson or Springfield are generally pretty awesome and I leave more than 20% most of the time.
TIPS

Cameron, MO

#133 Apr 27, 2013
T-To
I-Insure
P-Proper
S-Service

That is what 'TIPS' was originally for.

I recently had an interesting experience. A waitress was taking our order, and the cell phone in her pocket rang. And she stopped taking our order to answered it! Had about a minuet or so conversation, hung up, and proceeded to finish taking our order.

Not sure what to think -- never had that happen before.

Her whole attitude was "take it or leave it". Did not get much of a tip.
Used to work in food ser

West Plains, MO

#134 May 22, 2013
Peggy Sue wrote:
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.
I hate to not leave a minimum of $2 a table. If there are two of you $3. Increasing to $5 when there are 3 & r4 people. The 15 and 20 per cent doesn't add up to much anymore it seems.
yaya

United States

#135 Jun 11, 2013
Used to work in food ser wrote:
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I hate to not leave a minimum of $2 a table. If there are two of you $3. Increasing to $5 when there are 3 & r4 people. The 15 and 20 per cent doesn't add up to much anymore it seems.
I'm a generous person by nature, I like to leave good tips. I have a similar policy, I feel bad leaving much less than 5 dollars. If I have a $10 breakfast at a diner, 15% is only 1.50. That just feels bad. Of course, the 5 dollar thing for me is just when I'm alone. I tip closer to a straight 20% if I'm in a group and everyone is tipping. And I don't think someone would be wrong to leave 1.50 on 10 dollars. I just don't like to do it personally.
Conscientious Customer

West Plains, MO

#136 Jun 12, 2013
For excellent service, 40%. Standard service, 20%. Poor service, 0 - 15%
timevans

Romania

#137 Jun 15, 2013
It depends on the service and on the cost of the meal. If it is an inexpensive meal but the service was good, I'd probably be much more generous. 20% perhaps. If the meal was expensive but the service good, I'd stick to the 10%. If that makes sense.[url=http://personalmone ynetwork.com/moneyblog/2012/08 /23/tip-servers-with-cash/]Try to tip servers with cash when possible[/url]

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