Are You a Good Tipper?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Baymule, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Baymule

    Baymule Songster

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    When you go out to eat, do you leave a generous tip or not? My DH has a good strategy for good service--he tips up front. He can be a little demanding, but after getting their tip, most waiters and waitresses are so surprised, that they do all they can to make him happy. In the 17 years of marriage and the 2 years of dating, I have seen it fail only once. He usually tips $10 up front and if he gets good service, he tips another $10. We also treat our waitstaff like they are somebody, inquire about their lives, find out if they are students, have children, single parents, that sort of thing. Most are genuinely touched to have someone care. We live in a tiny town without a lot of places to eat out, so when we go somewhere for a nice meal, we enjoy the whole experience, including our waiter or waitress.

    Both of us have been dead broke poor at various times in our lives, and I was a waitress also. In our married life together, we have had some real low points, so we know what it is like to scratch for a living. We are by no means even close to being well off, but when you treat others good, it will come back to you in some form or another.

    So how about it? Are you a good tipper or do you begrudge the extra money you pay beyond the meal and drinks?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    If the service is good, the tip is good.
    Good service + good food = good tip
    Good service + poor food = good tip
    Poor service, no matter the food quality = not so good tip.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I start at 100% of the bill an go down based on service.

    I have tipped $80 on a $80 meal cause the girl went above an beyond interacting with the kids.

    I have also tipped one penny before cause someone at the table saw the bottom of there glass.

    Average about 50% though.
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I think the tipping system is quite flawed and unfair in this country, but I usually tip 20-25%. Sometimes I will tip more and it is extremely rare I tip less. You have to be exceptionally terrible for a bad tip from me because I understand people sometimes just have bad days. But people should still be able to get most of the job done if they are at work and I am paying for it! So like I said, it is rare I tip less than 20%.
  5. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Middle, TN
    I am newly in the serving life and servers do quite well. I work at a cheaper restaurant but turns tables frequently and it's easy to see servers frequently averaging $15/hour.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Way back when we were young and REALLY poor, the Princess worked as a waitress. We remember. Good service and attitude gets rewarded. A poor attitude is noted - I have been known to suggest that a career change might be a good idea.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2013
  7. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Is that completely fair? I'm a waitress, and sometimes we have a dozen people waving us over for refills at once. We can only carry so many refills at once. We aren't entitled to a tip, of course, but if that was the turning point in your decision... [​IMG]

    ETA: I realized how awful I sounded, only pointing out the negative. The starting at 100% is fantastic, and there was probably more to the bottom of the glass story than I know.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2013
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    The state I live in covers servers under the minimum wage law, so I know my servers don't "need" the tips to make a minimum wage. I tip based on service, and usually not that much, honestly. I see way too many other folks that make minimum wage that don't get tips, why do folks that bring you food automatically get tips but not the CNAs who wipe Grandma's bottom? Or the guy who pumps the gas? The fast food worker?

    That said, we try to be low maintenance for the server. When we sit down, we ask for pitchers of water and iced tea so we don't need constant attention and refills. Seriously, bring me my food and that's about all I need from you.
  9. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    Like Baymule, I'm there for the whole experience.

    My being friendly and respectful towards those
    that serve me is certainly part of it. Why should I
    expect good service from them if I, as a customer,
    fail to respect them?

    Plus - and a big plus - my daughter is generally with
    me. I am her father and her role model. By my example,
    she will learn how to treat people. Or mistreat people.
    That decision is mine to make. What kind of a father do
    I want to be in her eyes?

    All that being said, yes, I'll do a good tip. But I get pretty
    good service.

    And if the meal is enjoyable I make it a point to tip the cook.
    If it's clean...slide the busboy a tip. Or if I want him to bring
    my car around...

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