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Old 01-23-09, 02:01 PM
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Tipping Etiquette

I'm generally a good tipper (20% to 25%) on most occasions. However I won't tip when I eat at a buffet. What are some foo thoughts on this?
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Old 01-23-09, 02:03 PM
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I always tip my rc helicopter salesman...
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I tip them over.
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If I have to stand when ordering or receiving my food, no tip.
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Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
If I have to stand when ordering or receiving my food, no tip.
That's my thoughts too but they bring you your drink and have that look of "Look what I did for you, you better leave me a dollar". No thanks. If I have to get up to get my own food you're not getting nothin' out of me.
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I generally give 15~20%

though some people I know will only tip 10%

buffet style is $1 tip
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I kinda grew up w/ $1/person buffet tip but have expanded that to 10% since I've been bringing kids to the place. Although they are pretty well self-contained these days...
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Just a minimal amount.

Why can't restaurants simply pay their employees a sufficient wage, like most other businesses do?
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15 to 20 percent in a regular restaurant, occasionally more if service was exceptional. (extremely poor service could result in a ten cent tip)

Buffets are different -- $1 to $3.50 per head. Totally dependent on level of service. Poor service gets a dime (10 cents), just so they know that I didn't forget.

We eat at a certain buffet at least once a week, and the good waiters/waitresses try to grab us when we walk in. They are appreciated!

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no need to tip in Japanese hotels and restaurants.
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10-20%, more if exceptional, buffet gets a buck. Tipping waiters is how we do it in this country, every child knows it. If you don't like it, or simply have no class, move to a country that does it differently.
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Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
I'm generally a good tipper (20% to 25%) on most occasions. However I won't tip when I eat at a buffet. What are some foo thoughts on this?
You people make my employees happy (pizza delivery drivers)

Anyway, I'm a poor college student, I try to push out 15%, most then what most people get from college students.

I get extra tips for running food out to a customer's car when I notice they drive up and they've ordered from us earlier, or if we perform a little extra service bumping an order up for someone that came in early (something that corporate would have a cow over). Then again I work behind the counter and don't expect much.
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Wasn't this covered in Reservoir Dogs?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Just a minimal amount.

Why can't restaurants simply pay their employees a sufficient wage, like most other businesses do?
you would like their prices even less.
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I tip with an RC helicopter at the buffett.
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Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
Wasn't this covered in Reservoir Dogs?
They were sitting, I would have tipped 20%.
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Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
you would like their prices even less.
Actually depends on the place, managing a corporate owned pizza store has opened my eyes (mainly because I get to see every number in and out of that place).

Most of the money gets sucked up by corporate wasting it either in overpaid corporate heads or thousands blown on advertising that does very little that could be better put to use in our hands as management.

To personally own one of these stores and not deal with corporate overhead and using their wage method, I'd be making a killing, instead our store was like $1,200 in the hole 4 months ago (they break down corporate overhead to each store as a cost).

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Originally Posted by StrangeWill View Post
You people make my employees happy (pizza delivery drivers)
I lived off of tips when I drove pizzas. The paycheck -- 40 hrs/wk plus some overtime -- went right back into the car (thank God I lived with Mom & Dad) -- gas, in$$$urance, etc. Tips were how I paid for everything else.

Pizza drivers always get a tip. If I'm at a party and they order pizza, I go to the door to make sure we tip the driver well. Even if it's late, they get a tip -- there are so many things that happen between placing the order and its arrival, yet hardly anything can truly be blamed on the driver.

Every other place, I tip. I'll go with a percentage (20% is stupid easy to calculate). If the restaurant is expensive, though, I tend to effectively cut down on the percentage. I don't think that so-so service for a $150 bill deserves a bigger tip than good service on a $30 bill. Yet, sometimes when I've only gotten a drink, I'll tip two or three bucks, basically the equivalent of 50% or more -- I figure that it was about as much effort to bring me a drink as it would've been to bring me a drink and a plate of wings.

The gray area for me is when the staff stays behind the counter, like at Starbucks or someplace like that. There is no tipping at McDonald's, for instance, and the kids at Starbucks basically do the same kind of work, with no busing tables or running around handling a half-dozen group orders. I see that tip jar on the countertop by the cash register and wonder, "Now what are they doing that the workers at McD's aren't also doing?"

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Originally Posted by StrangeWill View Post
Actually depends on the place, managing a corporate owned pizza store has opened my eyes (mainly because I get to see every number in and out of that place).

Most of the money gets sucked up by corporate wasting it either in overpaid corporate heads or thousands blown on advertising that does very little that could be better put to use in our hands as management.

To personally own one of these stores and not deal with corporate overhead and using their wage method, I'd be making a killing, instead our store was like $1,200 in the hole 4 months ago (they break down corporate overhead to each store as a cost).
hmmm, I was thinking ordinary restaurants. I usually will give a pizza driver a couple bucks.
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I lived off of tips when I drove pizzas. The paycheck -- 40 hrs/wk plus some overtime -- went right back into the car (thank God I lived with Mom & Dad) -- gas, in$$$urance, etc. Tips were how I paid for everything else.

Pizza drivers always get a tip. If I'm at a party and they order pizza, I go to the door to make sure we tip the driver well. Even if it's late, they get a tip -- there are so many things that happen between placing the order and its arrival, yet hardly anything can truly be blamed on the driver.

Every other place, I tip. I'll go with a percentage (20% is stupid easy to calculate). If the restaurant is expensive, though, I tend to effectively cut down on the percentage. I don't think that so-so service for a $150 bill deserves a bigger tip than good service on a $30 bill.
Yet, sometimes when I've only gotten a drink, I'll tip two or three bucks, basically the equivalent of 50% or more -- I figure that it was about as much effort to bring me a drink as it would've been to bring me a drink and a plate of wings.

The gray area for me is when the staff stays behind the counter, like at Starbucks or someplace like that. There is no tipping at McDonald's, for instance, and the kids at Starbucks basically do the same kind of work, with no busing tables or running around handling a half-dozen group orders. I see that tip jar on the countertop by the cash register and wonder, "Now what are they doing that the workers at McD's aren't also doing?"

My bartenders, especially if I'm a regular somewhere, get 40% to 50% in tips. You can actually get a return on this.
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0 dollars for buffets. It takes no mindfulness at all to remove plates from tables.
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Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
My bartenders, especially if I'm a regular somewhere, get 40% to 50% in tips. You can actually get a return on this.
I got the biggest return when I went with my ex and her friends. They had befriended a particular bartender somehow. We'd drink who-knows-what for a few hours and he'd only charge us around $5/person.
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(20% is stupid easy to calculate)
All I can say is...you'd be surprised.

Everything in our store is 20% off...and that's a stumper for the majority of folks. They ask me what the new price is, as if I'm a human calculator. Sure, I can do the math in my head, but why should I? I know...next time someone asks, I'll add the 20% and see if they catch on. Heh.
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All I can say is...you'd be surprised.
Not really. I mean, there's stupider than stupid, too.
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
I tip with an RC helicopter at the buffett.
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