|View Poll Results: Have you worked a service job, and how well do you tip?|
|I HAVE worked a service job, and I tip less than 15%||6||3.70%|
|I HAVE worked a service job, and I tip at least 15%||81||50.00%|
|I have NOT worked a service job, and I tip less than 15%||2||1.23%|
|I have NOT worked a service job, and I tip at least 15%||60||37.04%|
|Voters: 162. You may not vote on this poll|
I have not worked as waitstaff. My standard tip is 20 percent. If the service is poor but not awful (drinks aren't refilled promptly, have to flag person down to get anything, but the right food did come out and it was hot/warm) I drop down to 15 percent. If the service was great or we were a lot of trouble I bump up to 25 percent. We have left nothing a couple of times when the service was truly dreadful.
There was only one time I did not leave a tip because the service was AWFUL! We did, however, hand the busboys cash tips because they did a good job and I did not want them to lose out because of the waitress.
Pam Cliff Malachi 5/08 Judah 5/10 Eden 8/12 Asher 8/12
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If the service goes beyond adequate, I'll often leave 20 to 25%.
And I think people who patronize or are rude to waiters, waitresses, or other service workers deserve to be refused service. There's no excuse for that, no matter who you are, unless you yourself happen to be absolutely perfect every minute of every day.
My sister worked as a waitress for a time, and she once ran herself ragged for a couple - she begged the chef to make a special plate for them, took back several salads that weren't "pretty" enough, and endured their abuse about how serving was a dead-end job suitable only for the uneducated. Their tip was the business card to a diet center.
I usually tip around 15%. Generally slightly over because NYS tax is I think 8.25% so I just double the tax.
I'll tip more for really good service, and I'll tip lower (but never under 10%) for really bad service- but then only if it was something within the server's control. He or she can't help it if the food is slow coming out of the kitchen, or if the restaurant is super crowded. But it IS in the server's control to be pleasant, to get our orders correct (and bring things back to the kitchen if it's not). I can tell the difference between "busy and a little stressed as a result" and "downright nasty and rude to us."
Oh yeah, and kids. Whenever I've gone to restaurants with kids, I always tip extra. Especially if I don't order special food for the child (but share my own), I'll make sure the tip reflects the work the waiter or waitress has actually done, not a percentage of the food ordered. There have been times, when dining with two toddlers, that the tip I left was nearly equal to the food bill itself!
Not that I can eat in any sit-down restaurants these days, with my various food restrictions. sigh.....
I used to tip the hairdresser $1 per haircut ($8-$10 haircuts) until I realized that was only around 10%. Since then I've been giving them $2 per haircut. If I don't have the $12 to spare, I'll delay the haircut.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
So when we dine out, we think of it from that perspective. If we're already spending $48 for dinner, why not just round it up the extra two to make someone's night? Obviously, though, we are in a position where we can afford to make that choice over a couple of dollars, so that helps.
Mama, Artist, Mary Kay Consultant
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Because I was a hotel maid, I leave ridiculous tips. Ridiculous as in my husband would have a coronary if he saw how much I left But I just can not get that horrid job expierience out of my mind so I just feel so inclined to leave a nice tip for them.
My only exception is that I won't tip that much if the server is abysmal. I just can't stand incompetence! I understand bad days, but I've been to some places in Paris where the server didn't even come to my table until 30 minutes had passed from when I sat down. And he definitely saw me waving before then!
We generally do 20% as a standard tip unless the service was a 1 or a 10.
Really? In your area (which isn't that far from my area), it isn't standard to tip? Here it is absolutely expected. It is just what you do. 15% if it was just ok, 20% if it was great, 25+% if it was really exceptional.
We generally do 20% as a standard tip unless the service was a 1 or a 10.
Lindsay: DS#1 (06/06) DD#1 (09/07) DS#2 (10/08) DD#2 (06/09). AND A BABY DUE NOVEMBER 2013
here, the servers already make minimum, so if every table tipped an extra $10, those servers are better paid than most of the customers!
So ... that'd be option #4, since "at least 15%" includes 20% and up.
So ... that'd be option #2, since I stated in my OP that this was for satisfactory service.
This is why I always hesitate to include an "other" option -- everyone thinks their situation is unique!
Anyway, it looks like the only thing my "scientific" poll is showing is that pretty much everyone tips at least 15%, and more people have worked in service than not.
When I worked as a foodserver, some of the other servers were pretty opportunistic with the tables they took. There was one guy who wanted to be quadruple sat, and then he'd ask me to make all his desserts for him if he got a new table. Ummmm...no, give me your table, I have nothing right now. But he wouldn't do it, he just asked other servers to do half his work for him. He was the type who would give away tables if they had two women at it, or women with children, or church looking people. I had one guy tell me flat out, "Mennonites don't tip, it's nothing against them, they just don't believe in tipping." Funny, I *always* received a tip from the Mennonite customers.
Then these two women, not exactly attractive, who worked in the kitchen at my restaurant went out to dinner at a nice place and they said they got horrendous service and finally had to go and tell their water that they worked in a restaurant and planned on tipping him.
I think better looking food servers often received better tips. I had a friend who joked that he overcharged people for food, his free refills weren't free, etc, but that he always got tipped well. I got tipped well by people who were happy when I treated them well, since I tended to treat everyone the same. Like people with children or a group of church people.
Waiting tables was a weird job, and I do think that it attracts a certain kind of employee who wants to be able to really schmooze for tips. I think getting rid of the tipping structure and making waiting tables a job that pays a certain amount of money like other service industry jobs would result in higher food costs, and probably better service for some people and worse service for others.
I picked have worked in the service industry and tip at least 15%, but I contemplated "other" because unless the service was beyond terrible, I would never dream of tipping less than 20%. As someone who has worked in the service industry and was brought up by a dad who made his living in the service industry, I was taught that you take care of the people who take care of you, so to speak.
When we divide our dinner (at restaurants that provide lots of food) we tip 30% or more because obviously it was the same amount of work even though it was half the food.... When we could eat at Olive Garden, we always did that.
In MT, where I grew up, the wait staff is paid minimum wage - but in most states, I believe, it's below minimum wage -- here it's less than $2/hour. My step-sister-in-law works as a waitress to support herself and her daughter. It's the work that's available here, and she's a very good waitress. But she's not making great money. Maybe if she got actual minimum wage, but she's not getting that.
Some of us worked service jobs because we had to at the time but have moved on to other jobs. It's not that simple for everyone - there are people who for whatever reason haven't got the same access to different jobs (whether it's education level, or the type of economy where they live and the reasons that they need to stay there, or whatever). It's really easy to say, "Well, they can get a different job if they don't like waiting tables for less than minimum wage," but it's not actually that easy to DO [find a different job].
ETA: We give really good tips if the service is excellent. When a server/waitress serves really well I've tipped up to 40% - and will tell them why, too.
When service staff is paid less than minimum wage as an 'incentive' to make them work harder, I think we owe it to them to at least pay the minimum tip unless the service was awful.
DH's grandma won't tip more than a dollar or two, no matter how much we spend for food. So when she takes us out to dinner when we're visiting, dh or I will go sneak a much larger tip to the wait staff - because we know she comes in and leaves virtually nothing in tip for most of the year while expecting stellar service anyway.
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