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Old 11-10-2015, 09:03 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
Around here some of the sit down restaurant's are adding a nice feature with 15, 20 and 25% tip already figured. You just need write the amount in and total it. BUT a couple of them take the percentage of the bill INCLUDING the sales tax. Usually adds about .50 to the total. I cross them out and write in the correct figures.
BTW, here in WA the minimum wage for servers or fast food workers is the same as I make per hour or $9.47 but servers get to keep ALL their tips so they can make $30 to $40 an hour.
Looks like a pretty nice RV for a $9.47 worker.

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Old 11-10-2015, 10:49 PM   #16
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Be sure to do your own figuring on those receipts that show you what a 15%, 18% tip will be. I still can't figure out where they get their amount they show because it sure isn't 15% of the total bill with or without tax. So take a few minutes and figure it yourself.

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Old 11-11-2015, 05:42 AM   #17
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I've never understood why there is such a difference in the amount of the tip. Two people go to a fancy restaurant, server makes X trips to serve you...bill $80, 20% is $16. Two people go to a family restaurant, sever makes x trips to serve you...bill is $30, 20% is $6.
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:23 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Cat320 View Post
I've never understood why there is such a difference in the amount of the tip. Two people go to a fancy restaurant, server makes X trips to serve you...bill $80, 20% is $16. Two people go to a family restaurant, sever makes x trips to serve you...bill is $30, 20% is $6.
Totally agree. It makes no sense to use a percentage of the cost of the meal in determining the tip. The breakfast wait staff work just as hard as the dinner staff but earn less in tips. I'm all for increasing the price of the menu items and pay a higher wage.

I remember watching on old movie where there was a sign behind the lunch counter stating tipping is un-American. Pay the staff a good wage, expect good service, and if not provided find someone else to do the job.
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:53 AM   #19
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Takeout Tipping

I was a chief cook and bottle washer that needed to support my tuition, crappy car, and still date the ladies. Tips were the difference!
We don't go to restaurants very much, but when we do, reading reviews truly make the difference!
I tip at least 10%, and often 30%, and then always with a verbal compliment. Having been "there", I choose to "pay it forward", even for carry out. I like to see their smiles, and know I've made a difference!
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:40 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by SrFox View Post
In our restaurant the tips are shared equally between kitchen and servers.
That angered me when I was a carhop. I was outside, open parking lot (not a covered port like you see at many drive-ins), rain or shine, hot or cold, & my tips were lumped together & equally split with the inside servers, who were dry & comfortable due to the restaurant having a/c & heat. It just wasn't fair I had to share since I had to be out in the elements while the inside servers didn't have to. I felt I earned my tips for being out there in all kinds of weather.

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Old 11-11-2015, 09:02 AM   #21
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We don't have those adverse conditions. We work as a family and team.
I do however understand where you are coming from.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:36 AM   #22
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We tip when earned as that is what it is for.

The staff are under paid not as they choose to live that life.

Someone providing good service usually gets good tips from most and those that don't do anything for the customer should not get anything but expect them anyway.

We have a simple rule...If our glass gets empty no tip.

We eat spicy food that requires liquid and most wait staff usually circulate to serve their customers and they receive tips.

When the drink is empty the enjoyment changes and the tip is lost.

They still receive a tip...

A note in the tip line indicating to take care of the customer is their tip.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:47 AM   #23
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Joe's Crab Shack, in select locations, did eliminate tipping, but they increased the wages paid to 14/hour from 2.13/hour to compensate. The menu items increased 14% to compensate for the amount of wage increase to the wait staff.
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:05 AM   #24
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oh, and the places that automatically add a 15 - 18% tip ? I be sure and tell them they lost some tip, by forcing a number on me
Ding... Ding... Ding...

There have been very few times I have not left a tip.. and if I didn't, usually there was a conversation with the manager..

Typically, I do 10% for marginal/poor service.. 15% for adequate service and 20+% for superior service.. BUT, if the restaurant is bent on telling me how much to pay, I will pay exactly that and no more.. If a waiter/restaurant is unwilling to let their service speak for itself, who am I to argue..

As a commission only sales professional.. my service, knowledge and effort are reflected in my monthly commission check.. I would hate to have someone tell me what I'm worth.. I absolutely love knowing the harder I work, the more money I make.. I've come to the conclusion people buy from people, they don't buy from companies.. SERVICE is the only thing that matters and will ALWAYS make the difference..
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:13 PM   #25
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OP was concerning tipping at take out places.

I do not tip at take out places.
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For take out, if the service was prompt, a buck in the jar never broke me, and they smile and thank me. So I put in one more!
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:18 PM   #27
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I'm bothered by takeout places (pizza, fish fry etc) that put a tip line on the receipt.

I'm fine with tipping when served, but cashier tipping when you are just picking up a to go order feels like I'm being shamed in to paying for something that I'm not get ---service.

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You do realize they've chosen the card processing machine programmed to meet their needs as a restaurant who serve eat-in diners, right? There is probably not a big need to have a separate "take out only" credit card processor just for you so you don't have to feel guilty about drawing a line through the tip line and totaling it out.

Just put in 0.00 and total it out.

its a heck of a lot easier than having the waiters ask their dine-in patrons how much they'd like to tip so they can add it to the price before running the card (so they never have to see the tip line) to to accommodate the take out diners who can't be bothered to skip the tip line.

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