How much do YOU tip?
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“Hi-Yo Silver! Away!”

Since: Aug 12

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#1 Oct 1, 2012
Ok forget politics, let's discuss something real important. When you go out to a restaurant, what percent do you tip? Let's assume a nice steakhouse, your server comes promptly, tells you about specials or dishes of the day, takes your order, he or an assistant brings the food, checks to make sure it's what you ordered and done correctly, tops of your drinks without you asking, takes dessert orders if desired and prepares the bill in a timely manner. How much would you tip?

I hope Bob sees this, I want to know if he's a cheapskate or not.

“Hi-Yo Silver! Away!”

Since: Aug 12

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#2 Oct 1, 2012
Also, do you talk with servers, or basically ignore them? If they are college students or single parents does that influence how much you tip.

Do any of you tip housekeeping staff at at hotel. If so, how much?

Cleavon Little

Since: Sep 12

Hilliard, OH

#3 Oct 1, 2012
Twenty percent unless the service was nightmarish.

Cleavon Little

Since: Sep 12

Hilliard, OH

#4 Oct 1, 2012
Kemosahbe wrote:
Also, do you talk with servers, or basically ignore them? If they are college students or single parents does that influence how much you tip.
Do any of you tip housekeeping staff at at hotel. If so, how much?
Hotel maids...$3 a night.
Reynoldsburger no onion

Blacklick, OH

#5 Oct 1, 2012
For waitstaff service as you've described I'd tip at minimum 18%. I am as amiable and inclined to talk to the staff as they are to me.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#6 Oct 1, 2012
My tips are literally that, suggestions on how to improve service, personal grooming, food, decor and the business in general. The better the service, the better (and more!) the tips!
Your Little Johnson

Mcdonough, GA

#7 Oct 1, 2012
Big Johnson wrote:
My tips are literally that, suggestions on how to improve service, personal grooming, food, decor and the business in general. The better the service, the better (and more!) the tips!
Here's a tip - lubricate the doll. You're killing me.
Pee Wee Johnson

Columbus, OH

#10 Oct 1, 2012
Big Johnson wrote:
My tips are literally that, suggestions on how to improve service, personal grooming, food, decor and the business in general. The better the service, the better (and more!) the tips!
It's time to clean out your doll. She's full.
Pam

Columbus, OH

#11 Oct 1, 2012
Pee Wee Johnson wrote:
<quoted text>
It's time to clean out your doll. She's full.
Big Johnson's doll is an anatomically correct male.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#12 Oct 1, 2012
Kemosahbe wrote:
Ok forget politics, let's discuss something real important. When you go out to a restaurant, what percent do you tip? Let's assume a nice steakhouse, your server comes promptly, tells you about specials or dishes of the day, takes your order, he or an assistant brings the food, checks to make sure it's what you ordered and done correctly, tops of your drinks without you asking, takes dessert orders if desired and prepares the bill in a timely manner. How much would you tip?
I hope Bob sees this, I want to know if he's a cheapskate or not.
For meals out, usually around 20% unless the service really sucked. Same at bars, too. I'm a sucker since two of my kids put themselves through grad school tending bar/waiting tables, so I know how much work goes behind being a good bartender or waitress.

Hotels, varies. If a cheapo place I'm there only a night or so, a few bucks, maybe $5. If I'm staying at a higher end place, say the boutique hotels I love on the Miraculous Mile for weekends in Chicago where you get pampered, maybe $7 or $8 a night.

I'm all for good service and paying for it.
sidekick

Zanesville, OH

#13 Oct 1, 2012
I rarely ever see great tending/waiting in restaurants much anymore. 1 out of 10 server's, i would say/notice, do a stand out job. I might not be the most lenient customer, but i'm not tipping no neglected hop head that can't wait to get off early. If a boss is trying to shave the payroll and pile more work on their staff that effects how i get treated...then i'll reflect to them, Nope, not a good idea slick...I'm not tipping 20% to make up for your budget pitch to the head- honcho if my service sucks.
NOW...If She's ~HOT~...that's a whole other ball game.
If she's not, I might dine and dash.
Anyhow, I like when i see them trying. That's all a person can do. Then, i usually leave 20-30%, and still run out on the actual tab.
Joe Schmoe

Columbus, OH

#14 Oct 1, 2012
Why should I pay someone in a customer service-oriented business extra just for doing their job? I can't see giving 20% of my bill to a server just because they refilled my drink and removed my plate from my table after I was finished. Am I expected to pay them tribute money so they won't spit in my food or wipe their ass with my hamburger bun? If I were going to tip someone, it'd be the pilot who got me from point A to point B be without crashing the damned plane or the EMT tech who jumpstarts my heart before I kick the bucket.

“Hi-Yo Silver! Away!”

Since: Aug 12

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#15 Oct 1, 2012
Joe Schmoe wrote:
Why should I pay someone in a customer service-oriented business extra just for doing their job? I can't see giving 20% of my bill to a server just because they refilled my drink and removed my plate from my table after I was finished. Am I expected to pay them tribute money so they won't spit in my food or wipe their ass with my hamburger bun? If I were going to tip someone, it'd be the pilot who got me from point A to point B be without crashing the damned plane or the EMT tech who jumpstarts my heart before I kick the bucket.
And we have a winner!!!! I think this sounds just like EB, what do you all think?
Brock Magnum

Midlothian, TX

#16 Oct 1, 2012
Kemosahbe wrote:
When you go out to a restaurant, what percent do you tip?
15 - 20% depending on the competence of the server.
Brock Magnum

Midlothian, TX

#17 Oct 1, 2012
Kemosahbe wrote:
Do any of you tip housekeeping staff at at hotel. If so, how much?
A dollar a day per person in the room.
Brock Magnum

Midlothian, TX

#18 Oct 1, 2012
Joe Schmoe wrote:
Why should I pay someone in a customer service-oriented business extra just for doing their job? I can't see giving 20% of my bill to a server
Fair enough. Go to McDonald's.
VADoc

Warrenville, SC

#19 Oct 1, 2012
Good service 18-20%. If the service was excellent and the waiter/waitress was fun and enjoyable then 25%.

I used to work catering in college. I can't stand rude people. Especially people being rude to waitstaff. I remember one time I was at Cheesecake Factory at Easton with my girlfriend at the time (my wife now who also worked waitressing gigs) and some jerk was berating the waitress about his meal he had sent back twice already and his wife was complaining about how her drink was watered down. She walked past our table and I handed her a $20 (she wasn't even our waitress) and said "her miss please allow me to pay that man's assh073 tax!" She smiled and somehow when our bill came my wife's coffee and dessert were not on our bill. I asked our waiter and she said "no charge for it ." And winked.

I hate seeing anyone being rude to people providing a service. Unless of course the person providing the service is rude first, then all bets are off.

Kosmik

Since: Sep 10

Columbus, OH

#20 Oct 1, 2012
If I get good service, I tip well, 20-25% generally. Crappy service, well, I just hope those servers are independently wealthy.

A month or so ago my girlfriend and I took her son and his gal out to dinner. I tend to be a little introverted unless drawn out, my g/f is an extrovert.

Our server, who had been horrendous throughout the night started trying to butter up my g/f towards the end of the meal. Not noticing I had an empty iced tea glass. Part of this gals schtick was that she'd had a rough night, tips were slow, blah blah...

She had no clue I was the one paying the bill.

When tip time came I left her $.56 and a note.

The other night in Cleveland I was hanging out with my kids and grand kids, we ordered several pizzas. The delivery guy was early, polite and had steaming pizzas for us, he got a $15 tip.

I don't generally tip hotel housekeepers, I don't know why, that's one of those,'that's their job' issues to me. It's not like they're providing me any type of service, they are maintaining their bosses property.

“Meh.”

Since: Aug 10

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#21 Oct 2, 2012
20% as base for table service in the US.
young gay professional

Portage, MI

#22 Oct 2, 2012
Joe Schmoe wrote:
Why should I pay someone in a customer service-oriented business extra just for doing their job? I can't see giving 20% of my bill to a server just because they refilled my drink and removed my plate from my table after I was finished. Am I expected to pay them tribute money so they won't spit in my food or wipe their ass with my hamburger bun? If I were going to tip someone, it'd be the pilot who got me from point A to point B be without crashing the damned plane or the EMT tech who jumpstarts my heart before I kick the bucket.
I'm inclined to agree although I understand that servers make such low hourly wages. Places I never tip, buffets, coffee shops, resturants where you bus your own table. And I'm amazed how much people tip bartenders. I think customers are really just trying to buy status at the bar.

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