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post #1 of 278
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I was treated out to lunch the other day and we had a really good waiter. He was really attentive and went above and beyond, even when we were really slow ordering. However, when we got the bill, my hosts didn't really pay him any kind of tip. I don't even think we gave 5%. Our waiter wasn't around after he gave us the tab back, and he was like a high school student so I knew how money's tight when you're a kid.

What do you do in this situation? I'm not trying to be impolite to my hosts but I'm also not trying to short-change someone who deserves more.

And this isn't an argument over whether one should tip.
post #2 of 278
Next time someone pays just let them know thanks for the meal and you will take care of the tip
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Next time someone pays just let them know thanks for the meal and you will take care of the tip

My friends parents treated me and I offered to leave the tip and they told me not to worry about it.

At least offer
post #4 of 278
what up SC? you disappeared? got lost on sneakertalk? haha

if you didn't pay it's okay, but a good gesture is to get away from the hosts and go up to the waiter and personally tip him.
As long as the host doesn't see it's alright.
post #5 of 278
If you're being treated it isn't your job to tip.

If you feel that maybe they should have tipped more then leave a little extra, but again, they offered to pick up the bill.
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post #6 of 278

sneak back and take the tip when they are leaving, you deserve it for being a swell chap. 

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I wouldn't tip regardless.. Why should I pay someone for doing their job?
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Someone find the face-palm-gif because I know whats coming - 2 camps of people

Group #1 - says that being a waiter is easy and theres no need to tip more than a couple of bucks

Group #2 - says that its a tough job and that if you're cheap with tipping to stay home and eat a pop-tart
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I wouldn't tip regardless.. Why should I pay someone for doing their job?
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I would've left some cash on the table right before we both dipped - Make sure they don't see.
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I wouldn't tip regardless.. Why should I pay someone for doing their job?


eek.gif You don't tip waiters/delivery drivers?

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I just drop some change on the table on the way out.
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I would have just told him, "pre-shad-id bruh," (appreciate it, bro) head nodded, and dipped. I wouldn't care if he filled your drink 30 times. Get outta here with that "above and beyond" nonsense. People are so terrible at their jobs here in America, particularly angry people who work in the "service sector" that we consider them coming anywhere close to their job description some massive accomplishment worthy of praise and bonus.
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Lol... a NT "tip" thread

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I would have just told him, "pre-shad-id bruh," (appreciate it, bro) head nodded, and dipped. I wouldn't care if he filled your drink 30 times. Get outta here with that "above and beyond" nonsense. People are so terrible at their jobs here in America, particularly angry people who work in the "service sector" that we consider them coming anywhere close to their job description some massive accomplishment worthy of praise and bonus.

 

You know how I know you're poor?

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Originally Posted by NationalTruckerDave View Post

I wouldn't tip regardless.. Why should I pay someone for doing their job?

eek.gif You don't tip waiters/delivery drivers?

I don't tip people to bring my food out. Do you guys tip the guy at footlocker to bring out your shoes?

The people who do deserve tips in my opinion are the UPS/Fedex/USPS delivery guys on those days where it is incredibly hot/cold or pouring rain and they don't accept tips, although I do give them a cold water when they come to my door and deliver a package.
post #16 of 278
i always tip the pizza man and unless i got a hot waitress bending over and showing cleavage they usually get $5
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You know how I know you're poor?
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I am a pretty substantial deviation away from "poor," but thanks for playing. You'll get me next time.
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The people who do deserve tips in my opinion are the UPS/Fedex/USPS delivery guys on those days where it is incredibly hot/cold or pouring rain and they don't accept tips, although I do give them a cold water when they come to my door and deliver a package.
It's their job though. They signed up for it.

And it is increasingly common that people are tipping their USPS mailman which is another one that when I found out I had to tip or be a son of a *****, I turned into the weebay gif. A general standard is 20 bucks around the Christmas holiday
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You know how I know you're poor?

Damb.

But for real doe, dudes be coming up with all types of cockamamie excuses for why dont want to come off the change(because that really all it is).

Petty ish...
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post #19 of 278
5%? mean.gif Walk up to the waiter where the hosts can't see you and tip him personally. Hosts don't lose face and waiter gets tipped properly.
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Lol... a NT "tip" thread
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My thoughts exactly . . .

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post #21 of 278
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I don't tip people to bring my food out. Do you guys tip the guy at footlocker to bring out your shoes?
The people who do deserve tips in my opinion are the UPS/Fedex/USPS delivery guys on those days where it is incredibly hot/cold or pouring rain and they don't accept tips, although I do give them a cold water when they come to my door and deliver a package.

ups driver has an actual annual salary and benefits. dude working in the restaurant is making max $20 a night without tips.
post #22 of 278
Only ghetto, classless, or cheap people don't tip when they get good service. Trying to justify it any other way is all BS.
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You should tip, but what rubs me the wrong way are the waiters who feel like theyre ENTITLED to tips. You know the ones where if they dont get a tip they like or a tip at all, they whine and complain and swear revenge on those people if they ever get them again. Its not hard to grasp the fact that not everyone believes in tipping its not obligatory, stop acting like it is.

 

I always tip though, its how I was raised and I feel like they should be tipped in most cases. 

 

In the case of the OP, I've been there and I've just left the tip for them to see, didnt really think much of it and I dont think they did either, they dont believe in tipping but I do and seeing as how I didnt even contribute to the meal I should be the one leaving it anyways.

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post #24 of 278
The folks who never tip definitely haven't worked in a service industry based job like the restaurant business as a waiter or a bartender. You do know their "salary" comes strictly from tips right? That $2.00 an hour they make is soley for taxes. Cheap folks are the worst.
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post #25 of 278
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Originally Posted by Oh YoU MaD View Post

Lol... a NT "tip" thread
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roll.gif These threads never end well.

 

If you are being treated, its up the person who took you out to tip.

 

As far as tipping goes, I'm not for it. The patrons shouldn't be forced to subsidize a person's salary because the owner wants to cut corners to make a profit. I'd rather pay more for my food than have to have to do that. The percentage at which you're expected to tip for a meal is very unreasonable. I don't eat out to begin with and when I do it is rare, so save it if you were going to jump down my throat. Some restaurants are downright shady at how they try to get people to double tip, but I'm not going to get into that. That's another thread for itself.

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The folks who never tip definitely haven't worked in a service industry based job like the restaurant business as a waiter or a bartender. You do know their "salary" comes strictly from tips right? That $2.00 an hour they make is soley for taxes. Cheap folks are the worst.

Not in California, They can't get paid less than minimum wage ($8/hour)
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The folks who never tip definitely haven't worked in a service industry based job like the restaurant business as a waiter or a bartender. You do know their "salary" comes strictly from tips right? That $2.00 an hour they make is soley for taxes. Cheap folks are the worst.

actually the employer has to make sure after tips they are making at least min. wage and if they are not they have to make up the difference
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post #28 of 278
I was a waiter since age 13 at my uncles restaurant. Did it up until 19. Waiters deserve every penny. Its not as easy as it looks. You have to be quick and observant. But the more you do it, the more you enjoy, depending the place.
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post #29 of 278
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Originally Posted by JesusShuttlesworth34 View Post

The folks who never tip definitely haven't worked in a service industry based job like the restaurant business as a waiter or a bartender. You do know their "salary" comes strictly from tips right? That $2.00 an hour they make is soley for taxes. Cheap folks are the worst.

Whatever. People want to be able to brag about how they made $300 off 4 hrs of "work" at Buffalo Wild Wings on a Friday, same time you are going to have people who aren't impressed that you bought an order that you didn't cook from the kitchen to the table and refilled a drink a couple of times. Same way you could inductively call someone who doesn't think tipping makes any sense cheap, I could point out that your job (not you in particular but angry waiters and doormen) involves you carrying plates from point a to point b, and refilling drinks from a fountain, and therefore you must not be very smart. My niece is 3 and I can tell her to go to the fridge and get me a soda and put it in the glass and figure it out. Some people should be happy in America that we have Labor Laws, otherwise they could and would easily be replaced by adolescents. I see it all the time when I travel out of the country, or in "family owned" Oriental spots, the youngest son/daughter taking orders and refilling drinks. It's simple ****.

I think you deserve minimum wage, which they get because their employer is legally obligated to make up for it in the event they don't get enough tips to close the gap between the ~$2.00 an hr and minimum wage.

****** arrangement, that you voluntarily signed up for. Cry me a river
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Only ghetto, classless, or cheap people don't tip when they get good service. Trying to justify it any other way is all BS.
Only stupid people lacking any real marketable skill take jobs making sub minimum wage doing mundane tasks then cry about it that people aren't dropping on hands and knees in praise for their door opening, glass filling service and making it rain in their direction.

And then what is the justification for the + minimum wage making people who have their hands out and tisk and breathe all hard if you don't tip them like valet, shuttle car/bus service, postmen, doormen, barbers/stylists, baristas at coffee shops, the bag checker at the airport, everybody. Just keep your wallet out. Everyone "deserves" a tip under the guise of "service," which frankly applies to most jobs.
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post #30 of 278
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Originally Posted by JesusShuttlesworth34 View Post

The folks who never tip definitely haven't worked in a service industry based job like the restaurant business as a waiter or a bartender. You do know their "salary" comes strictly from tips right? That $2.00 an hour they make is soley for taxes. Cheap folks are the worst.

People that don't tip say the employer should pay the servers better but reality is if employers did that, people will be be forced to pay $50 for what was a $35 entree. Profit margin on food overall isn't very high when you consider all the costs associated with getting that meal to the customer. Higher food costs and sales from higher food costs = higher taxes for employers which then get passed down to the customer. In the end the process is a lot more expensive. Also those same people who don't tip would be irate if they had to get up and pick up their own food when it was ready, refill their own drinks, get up and walk to kitchen to ask for extra sauce, or get up and take their salad/soup plates to the dishwasher in the middle of their meal.
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