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Tipping in the US
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Honestly, this has been in the back of many people's minds whenever they are getting a delivery, at a restaurant, getting their hair cut, or even in a taxi. I ran into this post from a columnist because I was trying to see how much I should tip the pizza guy since I normally tip $3.00 + change. Last time, I tipped him $3.25 for $17.75 order with a $20 bill and 4 quarters because all I had was a 20 and a change jar at home(I even apologized for the 4 quarters); he looked at me with an annoyed look and went on his way. Btw.

Anyway, the poster in this site recommended that people pay 15% minimum for deliveries, 15-20% for restaurants, $1 per drink at a bar unless running a tab, 15-20% for a cab driver, and the usual routine. Then they went on to say that when people are delivering furniture for your house (let's say bedroom furniture); that you should tip $10 PER person. So, they said you should have 4 $10 bills ready in case 4 people come to deliver furniture. Essentially, other than you possibly buying the furniture, paying for the service, you also have to pay up to $40 dollars just for tips. They went on to say to pay more if the service is very good. (Perhaps, this writer has A LOT of money to waste or is living off of someone else's money but this seems like a lot to me)

It led me to forums on tipping where consumers typically said the usual 15% or said to avoid charges by picking up their food or doing things themselves. People in the service industry such as delivery guys and servers were saying it should be 20%; some even said 25%! One guy said that pizza delivery minimum should be $5 tipping. So if you are making 2-3 deliveries per hour, you are making 10-15 on tips per hour alone minimum? Since delivering ranks up there as one of the jobs that don't require skill, talent, nor degree; I have no idea why people are complaining if they make less than $10 dollars an hour.

Also, I worked as a waiter, bartender, and at a coffee shop. I hate customers who put down $1 or $2 for a $20 dinner for 2 when I am nice, cordial, and often even give them free extra soup or toppings. But I also think servers are being greedy and whiners when they try to say that 15% tips aren't enough. That's something that needs to be put up with the manager/owner of the place since they probably aren't paying enough wages to make up for it.

What do you guys think? There seem to be extreme sides I don't agree with. A lot of people from the service industry wanting more money by asking for way too much tips and people who tip very little if any. I better go get my three dollar bills ready.
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I never tip people from Pizza Hut
Posted 2/24/09
^same like what he does
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man no need to tip. its ur hard earn money. u earned those dollar bills. not them.
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I never tip (when I go out with friends to eat at a restaurant(, but my parents do, but not for a takeaway delivery, only if they're out for a meal. I don't see why we should give them money when they are getting paid for doing the job anyway.

Actually, it's less common to give a tip in the UK, that I know of anyway. Maybe we're just cheap? ;P
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none coz they called the global recession!!!
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Typically you tip 15% of your total bill. So if you eat out for $10 you tip $1.50
Posted 2/24/09 , edited 2/24/09
Actually, I would like to leave a tip when there's a probability that I'm coming back to the same place and get the proper service I deserve.
I don't want to think coming back to the same place where I forgot to leave a tip on my last stay, then I find myself getting indifference or awkward service on my next visit.
Definitely, I give a tip to my barber. It's a $1 or $2. He knows me, I know me. He knows that I'm not wealthy. A regular cut is $10. If I do not leave a tip to my barber, god knows what he will do to my hair next time I come to the barbershop and get a cut. Would he purposely shave my head bald because he's keeping a grudge for not getting a tip last time? Who knows. \(-_-)/
You know I could save that extra $2 I just tip to my barber for something else... like passing to a toll booth or parking meter.
Well, my church definitely likes to have second collections during its proceedings. I'm just attending the mass with my family, but the priest is just pushing it. really pushing it.
Every Sunday, there's always an announcement to build a school, a room, electricity, etc. I'm like "c'mon. This is the only time my soul is at peace, but you keep asking us for more money."


tobydiah wrote:

Also, I worked as a waiter, bartender, and at a coffee shop. I hate customers who put down $1 or $2 for a $20 dinner for 2 when I am nice, cordial, and often even give them free extra soup or toppings. But I also think servers are being greedy and whiners when they try to say that 15% tips aren't enough. That's something that needs to be put up with the manager/owner of the place since they probably aren't paying enough wages to make up for it.

Are you working for a tip or are you working to do your job? You're already getting paid by the hour, right? Then, plus tip?!! O_O
To me, tip is a charity. You should be happy on extra "gimme" money you're getting. Does your co-workers that are not waiters or bartenders get any tip at all? No. I don't think so. I'll be much more happy to give a bigger tip to dishwashers, janitors, and bussers because those positions are not better looking than waiters nor bartenders.



Not to mention, some people only have the right amount of money to help themselves. Now, they have to worry about a tip?
http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/entertainment/watch/v15596173c7jgCEPm

I never been in Red Lobster. So, do you expect me to leave a tip when I finally able to "at least once" experience to eat extravagantly?
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Posted 2/24/09
20p

25p if i'm feeling generous
Posted 2/24/09
^ Haha, about the same XD but I rarely tip because I pretty much need all the money I can get.
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kyoukoujin wrote:

Actually, I would like to leave a tip when there's a probability that I'm coming back to the same place and get the proper service I deserve.
I don't want to think coming back to the same place where I forgot to leave a tip on my last stay, then I find myself getting indifference or awkward service on my next visit.
Definitely, I give a tip to my barber. It's a $1 or $2. He knows me, I know me. He knows that I'm not wealthy. A regular cut is $10. If I do not leave a tip to my barber, god knows what he will do to my hair next time I come to the barbershop and get a cut. Would he purposely shave my head bald because he's keeping a grudge for not getting a tip last time? Who knows. \(-_-)/
You know I could save that extra $2 I just tip to my barber for something else... like passing to a toll booth or parking meter.
Well, my church definitely likes to have second collections during its proceedings. I'm just attending the mass with my family, but the priest is just pushing it. really pushing it.
Every Sunday, there's always an announcement to build a school, a room, electricity, etc. I'm like "c'mon. This is the only time my soul is at peace, but you keep asking us for more money."


tobydiah wrote:

Also, I worked as a waiter, bartender, and at a coffee shop. I hate customers who put down $1 or $2 for a $20 dinner for 2 when I am nice, cordial, and often even give them free extra soup or toppings. But I also think servers are being greedy and whiners when they try to say that 15% tips aren't enough. That's something that needs to be put up with the manager/owner of the place since they probably aren't paying enough wages to make up for it.

Are you working for a tip or are you working to do your job? You're already getting paid by the hour, right? Then, plus tip?!! O_O
To me, tip is a charity. You should be happy on extra "gimme" money you're getting. Does your co-workers that are not waiters or bartenders get any tip at all? No. I don't think so. I'll be much more happy to give a bigger tip to dishwashers, janitors, and bussers because those positions are not better looking than waiters nor bartenders.


I think you aren't really informed on this topic... Restaurant services actually gets paid under minimum wage. Restaurants are allowed to have a lower minimum wage because of tipping in American culture. I was getting paid 3 something an hour when the minimum wage used to be 6 dollars. I don't care how waiters feel or whatever since it's not me and don't work in the service industry. However, no one works to work as you mentioned. People work to make money or people wouldn't be sweating and serving people in a restaurant. AND bartenders, hostesses, bar backs, bussers get a percentage of your tips as well through your restaurant's system of tip distribution. If tips weren't around, service would be worse AND your restaurant and delivery bill will actually be higher to make up for the wages.
Posted 2/24/09
lol I once gave this guy a penny since I was out of money for paying the food ;p

Posted 2/24/09

tobydiah wrote:


kyoukoujin wrote:

Actually, I would like to leave a tip when there's a probability that I'm coming back to the same place and get the proper service I deserve.
I don't want to think coming back to the same place where I forgot to leave a tip on my last stay, then I find myself getting indifference or awkward service on my next visit.
Definitely, I give a tip to my barber. It's a $1 or $2. He knows me, I know me. He knows that I'm not wealthy. A regular cut is $10. If I do not leave a tip to my barber, god knows what he will do to my hair next time I come to the barbershop and get a cut. Would he purposely shave my head bald because he's keeping a grudge for not getting a tip last time? Who knows. \(-_-)/
You know I could save that extra $2 I just tip to my barber for something else... like passing to a toll booth or parking meter.
Well, my church definitely likes to have second collections during its proceedings. I'm just attending the mass with my family, but the priest is just pushing it. really pushing it.
Every Sunday, there's always an announcement to build a school, a room, electricity, etc. I'm like "c'mon. This is the only time my soul is at peace, but you keep asking us for more money."


tobydiah wrote:

Also, I worked as a waiter, bartender, and at a coffee shop. I hate customers who put down $1 or $2 for a $20 dinner for 2 when I am nice, cordial, and often even give them free extra soup or toppings. But I also think servers are being greedy and whiners when they try to say that 15% tips aren't enough. That's something that needs to be put up with the manager/owner of the place since they probably aren't paying enough wages to make up for it.

Are you working for a tip or are you working to do your job? You're already getting paid by the hour, right? Then, plus tip?!! O_O
To me, tip is a charity. You should be happy on extra "gimme" money you're getting. Does your co-workers that are not waiters or bartenders get any tip at all? No. I don't think so. I'll be much more happy to give a bigger tip to dishwashers, janitors, and bussers because those positions are not better looking than waiters nor bartenders.


I think you aren't really informed on this topic... Restaurant services actually gets paid under minimum wage. Restaurants are allowed to have a lower minimum wage because of tipping in American culture. I was getting paid 3 something an hour when the minimum wage used to be 6 dollars. I don't care how waiters feel or whatever since it's not me and don't work in the service industry. However, no one works to work as you mentioned. People work to make money or people wouldn't be sweating and serving people in a restaurant. AND bartenders, hostesses, bar backs, bussers get a percentage of your tips as well through your restaurant's system of tip distribution. If tips weren't around, service would be worse AND your restaurant and delivery bill will actually be higher to make up for the wages.


Thanks for the added info.
If that's the case and tips are getting higher, some customers might resolved to purchasing foods in McDonalds or do self-service.
Back then, there's actually gas station workers that fill up someone else's car's gas tank and expect to get a tip.
But now, almost all gas stations are self-service.
I only know one place in my area that still have gas station workers that fill up someone else's car's gas tank.
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I actually tip based on service. I've been known to tip the cost of the meal.

Tipping isn't actually a required thing (sadly it's becoming that way in the restaurant industry) However, Tipping is supposed to be an additional for the service that has been provided.

When someone gives me terrible service (i mean waiting for like an hour for a coffee refill and asking three times for it) I will leave a penny on the table, so that the person knows i didn't just forget to tip, but that i thought the service they provided was terrible.


I've been a waitress, as well as a coffee shop girl, so i know alllllllll about customer service...

Some people are just very stingy with their money, and that's ok, it's their money. However, I still gave them good service, rather i was tipped well or not.
Posted 2/24/09
i always tip people

im to lazy to wait for my change.
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