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    Dutch people don't tip.
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    Generally at least 20% unless the service was pretty bad. Then we usually still leave at least 15%.
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    the 15% that's standard, and a bit extra if they were fantastic.

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    I always stick pretty close to 15%. I've only not left a tip once and it was outrageously bad service. I'm pretty sure waitresses are raking in the dough here though - everyone's socially pressured into leaving at least 15% and while they do make below minimum wage here, it's not much below it - a single 15% tip from an average meal (2+ people) puts them above minimum wage for the hour, and with multiple tables they're often well above it. I never got what made waitresses at some cheap restaurant so much more deserving than a cashier making minimum wage. Some of them may work harder, but definitely not all of them. meh.
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    I usually tip 15-20%. I'll leave a dollar at my locally owned coffee shop and japanese take-out.

    I view eating out as a luxury. When I spend money on a luxury I expect great service. I think it's hard to motivate wait staff to provide good service when few waiters and waitresses stay in their jobs for very long. The only way to motivate wait staff seems to be by using a tip as a carrot.

    While in the UK last year I ate at a variety of restaurants and generally found the service poor compared to US restaurants. Ironically the worst service was at a US themed steak house... at the time it seemed like a good way to celebrate July 4th.

    edit: Also the fact that people can make a good amount of money doing the "menial" work of serving food is a great indication of why having luxury industries is a good thing.

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    I'm too frivilous... I feel that most of the time I make it difficult for waiters to wait on me at which I usually pay for two meals even though I only ate one. I don't like to be inconvienant and not care about it. So it's my way of saying I'm sorry, but it's who I am .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    I always stick pretty close to 15%. I've only not left a tip once and it was outrageously bad service. I'm pretty sure waitresses are raking in the dough here though - everyone's socially pressured into leaving at least 15% and while they do make below minimum wage here, it's not much below it - a single 15% tip from an average meal (2+ people) puts them above minimum wage for the hour, and with multiple tables they're often well above it. I never got what made waitresses at some cheap restaurant so much more deserving than a cashier making minimum wage. Some of them may work harder, but definitely not all of them. meh.
    We have to declare our cash tips as well. Waitresses work ten times harder than cashiers. You just do. People who think that it's a busy restaurant and the waitress is probably making enough money, etc....eh....all I know is that I don't get tipped on maybe 10-15% of my transactions daily. A beer they paid for and left nothing. Repeat 10 times. Then you have the people who pay for a beer that's $3.50 and leave you $4 or $40 dollar tab and them leaving $5 dollars. You better believe you are working for every single dollar and you can't let the hard work you put in to that table affect your service for any other customer. It really is a mental toughness you have to have. Like I said, much harder than a cashier who knows when and where they're money is coming from and just how much they are getting for their day's work.

    General rule for US tipping:

    If a server is rude and their (as opposed to say, the kitchen crashing) service is horrible - don't tip. I've asked for other servers when this is the case because I want to enjoy my meal and tip the person.

    If you're paying as you go - a dollar a beer is normal. If you say, "I'll get you at the end" *shakes head* You probably won't get served that quickly. People who do this generally are trying to get out of tipping and don't end up doing what they say.

    If you're sitting down eating and the meal was good and service was good - 20% is normal. Anything less is disheartening and anything more is much appreciated.

    That's all I expect when serving or bartending but it's surprising just how inconsistent people are when you go out. That's why people who are good tippers are fawned over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    If you're sitting down eating and the meal was good and service was good - 20% is normal. Anything less is disheartening and anything more is much appreciated.
    I have to tip more for a Long Island Iced Tea than for a beer although each comes in one glass?

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    The restaurant has given me a big discount the last time I went there. It is maybe because it is their one way of treating good the repeat customers. I have been going to this restaurant for years now because I am happy and satisfied to everything about it.
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