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    I tip 10% for bad service 15% for decent and 20% for good. I mostly estimate and round up to the nearest dollar, so it's a bit more. I lunch with a guy who actually does long hand division to find the tip to the cent.

    I'm perpetually confused on those stupid buffets where the waiter or waitress brings you a drink. I don't usually tip. But somtimes I imagine at the Chinese Buffet that those waitresses have been trafficed in from Vietnam and are forced to work for their food, then I think about tipping. But ,then I figure that that Dragon Lady looking person will just beat them and take the tip anyway. So, why bother?

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    Good tipper. 20%+ (I round the bill up to the next dollar for purposes of multiplication) unless the service is bad. There are few things more embarrassing for me than eating out with someone who is a bad tipper, especially when they pay for my meal. I always want to add a couple of bucks clandestinely, but how do I do that?

    I don't usually tip at coffee shops... I sometimes feel a bit bad about that, but at least the baristas generally make more than waitstaff's base salaries...

    It's always really interesting when going to other countries. I've found it's really important to do research on tipping norms before going. In France, for example, gratuity is included in the bill at cafes and restaurants, but it is customary to leave 1-2 Euros additional if the service is good. However, one does not tip in bars unless one is trying to flirt with the bartender. Whoops! I've made that mistake and wondered about the strange reaction....

    I am perpetually confused about some "luxury" services that I rarely partake in, as well. In hotels (nice ones), for example, I have heard it is customary to leave a couple of bucks every day for the housekeeping staff. For salon hair care, do I tip 15-20%? For a $200 hair service, that's quite a bit! Also, I had a massage for the first time a couple of months ago... is tipping expected, or simply appreciated? The massage parlor's website says "appreciated but not expected," but is that really true? And how much do you tip? And how do you do it - slip the masseuse a bill?? I feel very uncomfortable with that. I paid by credit card and then told the receptionist I wanted to tip the masseuse, and gave her cash for that.
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    Last Saturday, I told a waitress that, at times during the night, she had been inattentive and brittle. She got no tip, even though the bill was only €14,20 for ~nine drinks (whiskey and rum with coke): I reckon she miscalculated.

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    Tipping is bullshit.
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    Tipped $20 for a $20 pizza last Friday.

    Generally it depends on how much cash I have. I won't use a card to tip.

    Deliberately shitty service gets no tip.

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    I tip usually depending on my perception.

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    25-33% I guess. Toward the higher end of that scale if they actually give a damn and are courteous. Toward the lower end if the bill is pretty high.

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    I just had my first night semi-alone with tables. I had 2 designated to me, and went through 3 parties. My tables were:

    ~$23 - $4 tip

    ~$13 - $3 tip

    $7 - $4 tip

    $82 - $20 tip

    Seemed most were in the 20% range.

    What threw me off is we have 3 deductions:

    2% of total sales is tipped to bartender
    1% of total sales is tipped to silverware roller
    2.13% of credit card tips is taken as a fee for the credit card machine

    So, I ended up losing about $4 in tips to those deductions.

    I came home with $26 after 3 hours of waiting on tables. Not that bad for a newbie. One table could tell I was new. The $82 table was considerably easier than than the other 2, but it was a father with 3 elementary school age daughters.

    I still don't understand why tipping instead of a wage is necessary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raz View Post
    I came home with $26 after 3 hours of waiting on tables.
    Salary included? Or just tips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Salary included? Or just tips?
    Just tips, but I only had 3 tables because I'm new.


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