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Since this is miscellaneous and I had a terrible night waiting tables, and I consider this board my extended family for I've meet a lot of you on the eastern sea board, I just wondered how well do you tip when you go out to eat?

Now since I wait tables when I go out to eat I leave a minimum of 15% even if they suck hard, mess everything possible up ect, and if great I've gone as high as 100%. I'm just wondering if I'm out of the norm?

Now tonight as I said was a terrible night of waiting tables. Usually I make from 20%-25% on my total sales but tonight I came out with like 9%! I was pissed. I got stiffed on a $71 check (and I even hooked this guy up too! I let him feed 3 kids with an all you can eat rib order which isn't ment to be shared.)

This isn't for a sob story or anything, but am I asking for a larger percentage than what most leave? If you feel this is none of my business I can understand that, but I'm just curious if everyone understand how lame waiting tables can be when customers don't tip because they think the job is "easy".

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If the order is under $10, I usually leave about 2.50-3.00 just because the order was so cheap to begin with. Generally, if the service is good, I will leave about 30-40% but there has to be really good service and I have to have money in my pocket, I am a poor college kid after all. If the service is crappy then well, I'm sorry but I leave like 10-20%.
 

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I think you are being abit generous because you sympathize with other waiters. Then again i might a stiff. If service is excellent, I'll leave 30%. I've gone as low as 5%, but that's because she did get everything wrong, took forever, and when we finally got our order it was almost room temp.
 

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Wow. Maybe I should become a waiter and move down south!

You'd very rarely see a tip for larger than 15% for good service up here. Expectations are not more than that. I always tip 15%, unless service is bad. I don't think a tip is warranted at all for bad service. What is the point?

I have tipped more, in a case where service is exceptional and/or she's a looker.

Drinks are a different thing. The drunker I get and a smaller of a balance on my credit card is, larger the tip gets. ;)
 

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having served before, i always tip as well as i can reasonably afford to. anything under 10 gets at least 5, if the service is really good i have no problem leaving something like 40%. i know how much a decent tip can make a crappy night better. back when i was serving, if i was having a crappy night and someone dropped me a 20 on a 30 dollar order, it would make the rest of the night alot better.

of course, if the service is horrible, i also have no problem leaving nothing at all. ive been stiffed for bringing the wrong soda to someone before, so if i get horrible service (like waiting 45 minutes for food, 20 minutes for drinks, not being checked on a couple times) ill just stiff the horrible fool. its easy to tell someone who just started serving and is just plain struggling from someone who just doesnt give two cents about their customers. if the service is poor but the person seems like they are honestly putting effort, i wont stiff them, but i might not give them a great tip either.
 

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I base it on service and attitude. I will leave anywhere from 20 - 40%.

I leave more if she is cute! :D :zdevil:
 

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just my 2 pennies....

No, No, No, I'm not leaving you a $.02 tip...lol

I don't eat out much. However, when I do go out with my girlfriend, we usually frequent 3 or 4 restaurants (not in one night....I'm fat..but not THAT fat). Thankfully, I've never had a 'bad service' night at the restaurants we do go to. We usually leave between 20%-40% tips...depending on what time of the month it is (how much $$$ we actually have available). If it's early on, we'll live a very generous tip. If it's late in the month, and the credit card payment is due, we'll lean towards the 20% side.

Unless someone is blatantly not serving us for whatever reason, I dont think I'll ever have a meal where I don't leave a tip for the waiter/waitress.


not sure if my incoherent rambling really makes sense...so just in a few words:
I tip.
I tip well, when I can.
Unless you're a complete dumbarse you will get a tip from me.
 

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Where are all these 20% to 40% tippers when I work? :confused: I average about 17% tips where I work, and after tip-out I take home about 13%, and I'm one of the better servers there. Oh well, not everyone knows that most servers only earn what is left behind as tips, or that the IRS expects you to make at least 10%. Maybe I just need to work somewhere more expensive than Applebees.

What do you guys consider good service? Do you prefer servers that are friendly and will joke around, or all business?

For the other waiters on here, what kind of restaurant do you work at?
 

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I normally do about the 20-40% depending on amount of bill. All that I want is a friendly waiter, being checked on once in a while, and someone that apologizes for a mistake or whatever. If the food takes a while, i don't usually blame it on the waiter.
If the waiter has a bad attitude, and rushes with "us", then I will leave no tip. Then I feel bad for atleat not leaving something, but...
 

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Where I wait at.

Chlorine, I wait tables at Texas Steak House and Saloon (on the same lines as a Texas RoadHouse...or any other steak house for that matter). Like I said I usually make 20-25% of my sales at the end of the night because the people we tend know what the cost of things are and what to expect to pay tip wise. Before last night I had never been stiffed or tipped less that 10% on a total check.

The reason I think that last night was terrible was for I had a party of 8 high school kids (yes I was there a year ago so I kind of understood the rude behavior) but when one kid started to drink ranch dressing with a straw and the rest were just rude, I knew my tip wasn't going to be worth my time. Then they started to talk about their Rice burners and I was like can I see them and this hottie asked what I had and I told here and she knew my tags...I was like hell ya :D Anyways...

I dunno, I've read the posts and I agree with all of them, but I've been told most people go out to eat already knowing what they're going to leave. I just don't understand the people who get great service and don't leave crap. I take it personal...

-Tim
 

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I work delivering Pizzas. If you think you have it bad with tips, try doing that. I'm lucky if i see 5%. Most people think that they only gotta give me a dollar (or less) for my trouble of bringing thir food to them. It doesnt matter what the total is for the order.

When you have a job like this, you appreciate how hard people work for very little in tips and you tip alot more.

When i get food delivered i usually giive the delivery person at least $5 minimum. And when I go out to eat i always tip at least 20% unless the waiter was an *** to me. I know most problems with food in a restaurant are not the waitstaff's fault, rather its the kitchen that messes it up. You shouldnt penalize the waitstaff for someone else's mistake like it is their fault.

please... then you get food delivered to your house... remember at least a 15% gratuity beacuse its harder for us to get you your food... esspecually if you leve your lights off at night!
 

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If my Dew or Coke stays full I will leave a big tip. If I spend a lot of time eating the ice out of my drink because I am waiting for a refill I might not leave a tip at all, although I usually still leave something. Not having cash usually isn't a problem as most places will let you add the tip to the credit card, although I am sure the server would rather have cash, sometimes it just doesn't work out.
 

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Chlorine said:
Maybe I just need to work somewhere more expensive than Applebees.
That's the idea...my uncle bartended for 20 years at the Sands Casino, and lets just say he got by real nice.
 

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I use to work at a couple resturaunts as cooks and sometimes bussing tables. I know how it is so I tip kinda high. Well atleast and Ruby Tuesdays, its not very classy but its not Dennys. I think tipping 15% (in NY) is average. I try to tip at least 20-30%. Sometimes I am with friends who dont tip well and I am not about to leave the remaing amount for 8 people so I just tip well acording to how much I owe. If someone does a real good job I will make sure to tip them good but otherwise its just a little over average from me. And of course like Justin said... the cute girls get a extra buck or two, if they did a good job.
Jay... I try to tip atleast $2 for one pizza. If I dont want to leave tip for pizza I will go get it myself rather then tip bad. I live right near like 3 places so I know they dont travel far.

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Quote from a great movie: (anyone else like that movie?)
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NICE GUY EDDIE: Okay, everybody cough up green for the little lady.
NICE GUY EDDIE: C'mon, throw in a buck.

MR. WHITE: Uh-uh. I don't tip.

NICE GUY EDDIE: Whaddaya mean you don't tip?

MR. WHITE: I don't believe in it.

NICE GUY EDDIE: You don't believe in tipping?

MR. PINK: I love this kid, he's a madman, this guy.

MR. BLONDE: Do you have any idea what these ladies make? They make sh*t.

MR. WHITE: Don't give me that. She don't make enough money, she can quit.

NICE GUY EDDIE: I don't even know a Jew who'd have the balls to say that. So let's get this straight. You never ever tip?

MR. WHITE: I don't tip because society says I gotta. I tip when somebody deserves a tip. When somebody really puts forth an effort, they deserve a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, that sh*t's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doin their job.

MR. BLUE: Our girl was nice.

MR. WHITE: Our girl was okay. She didn't do anything special.

MR. BLONDE: What's something special, take ya in the kitchen and suck your d*ck?

NICE GUY EDDIE: I'd go over twelve percent for that.

MR. WHITE Look, I ordered coffee. Now we've been here a long f**kin time, and she's only filled my cup three times. When I order coffee, I want it filled six times.

MR. BLONDE: What if she's too busy?

MR. WHITE: The words "too busy" shouldn't be in a waitress's vocabulary.

NICE GUY EDDIE: Excuse me, Mr. White, but the last thing you need is another cup of coffee.

MR. WHITE: These ladies aren't starvin to death. They make minimum wage. When I worked for minimum wage, I wasn't lucky enough to have a job that society deemed tipworthy.

NICE GUY EDDIE: Ahh, now we're getting down to it. It's not just that he's a cheap bastard--

MR. ORANGE: --It is that too--

NICE GUY EDDIE: --It is that too. But it's also he couldn't get a waiter job. You talk like a pissed off dishwasher: "F**k those c*nts and their f**king tips."

MR. BLONDE: So you don't care that they're counting on your tip to live?

MR. WHITE: Do you know what this is? It's the world's smallest violin, playing just for the waitresses.
 

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What do the patrons want? You don't have to joke around and I understand if the cook is slow and the food isn't out right away.
However I only expect the order to be what I asked for. If I ask for chicken fingers and all mashed potatoes with lots of gravy, that means I want more than one scoop of mashed potatoes (long running issue with "Chili's")

I just want what I asked for and for my tea glass not to stay empty for 5-10 minutes. you don't have to hover, just look and see if the glass is empty.

When the person keeps coming over to keep my glass to the top, I take notice of that. When the person is nice and polite, I notice that. I've waited before as well and I know it isn't an easy job. But I expect that the waiter/waitress NOT ignore me or disappear into the kitchen for half an hour. That is just ....bad!
If you got stuff to do, then don't come over and take my order, let someone else do it.

I used to do something in my younger days; I would have a "name your own tip night" when I went out with my buddies and we had a good female waitress. We once tipped 70.00 on a 25.00 meal between the three of us.
 

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****ty service = ****ty/no tip, good service = good tip

none of this you have to tip crap i tip if the service is good, i dont have to tip if i dont want to.
 

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Shawn, That sceen came to mind when I read the post. Reservoir Dogs was a great movie.
 
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