When you eat out do you leave a tip for bad service?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Acre of Blessings, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
  2. 19Dawn76

    19Dawn76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    Toadsuck, AR
    Oh my. I have NOT left tips twice for REALLY bad service and out right rudeness. Most of the time we tip at least a couple of bucks. On the other hand we tip really well for good service.
  3. Crusty McPottydoodle

    Crusty McPottydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    The Wet Coast
    I tip a nickel for bad service. I don't give my business to places that charge a gratuity.
  4. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Not one red cent for poor service!
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    For bad service..no tip..
    for a bad meal (cook)...well, its not the waitress fault..so..i do still tip..
  6. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    I admit I tip for bad service, but I tip very well for good service. I know I shouldn't tip for bad service.... I know, I know....
  7. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    We don't go out to eat anymore because the restaurants here SUCK! How hard is it to make a grilled cheese? Sheesh.

    In the past- I have always left something. Much more for excellent service. I worked for tips for many years, and sometimes you just have a bad day. The printers are broken , the cooks mess up your order, the credit card machine is down, you have a table of old ladies that all want seperate checks....
  8. raroo

    raroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I've not tipped on a couple of occasions, but only when we were treated rudely, or if the food is of very poor quality. Once my mom took me out for lunch and we ordered soup and sandwiches, and the soup was obviously a low-budget canned alphabet soup that tasted awful, and the sandwich was a slab of yucky mystery meat with a couple chunks of iceberg lettuce thrown in, no mayo, mustard, or anything else. Each meal was about $15, too. We weren't about to tip after that meal. My husband and I used to over-tip something awful, but we've toned it down. Most times the waiter/waitress doesn't even ask if we need or want anything else, and doesn't ask how the meal is. They just bring us the food and the bill. Hardly worth tipping for, in my opinion.

    I can't believe someone would be arrested for not tipping. Its optional, not required! I noticed they expect 15% now too instead of the usual 10%. And food is more expensive than ever! [​IMG]
  9. cmjust0

    cmjust0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central KY
    If I owned this joint, I'd fire the bartender right away. What a nightmare, to wake up the next morning and see that your restaurant has now gone 'viral' on account of its terrible service. I'd fire the bartender, urge police to expunge the charges against these customers, and give them free food for LIFE with my sincerest apologies and a promise to try a little bit harder next time.

    If I were the customers...I think I'd be looking into getting a lawyer right about now.. Not a defense lawyer, either...a trial lawyer.
  10. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    I often over-tip, but I will tip low for bad service.

    On the other hand, if an establishment is extremely busy, waiting does not equal poor service. If it's too busy for you, go someplace else. If you're in a pub and it's jammed [​IMG] to elbow with people drinking, and you want your fine dining experience, you're probably in the wrong place at the wrong time. Go somewhere else.

    Tipping is not mandatory, but if you are in a large party, then a service charge is generally standard practice, and the charge is generally printed on the menu. At that point, it's mandatory. If you don't like it, go someplace else.

    Most restarants have a mandatory service charge for parties of six or eight because cheapskates will come in and tie up a large table all night, keep a server busy for hours, run up a bill of $200-$300 and then leave a $5 tip. If you're over 18 and don't already know this, you don't get out much.

    I think it's ridiculous that the police handcuffed anyone over this, but they're probably covered under a "failure to pay the innkeeper" statute for making the arrest. I doubt the charge will hold up in court, though.

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