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Tipping in the US
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your supposed to tip 20% of what you pay but people are cheap so usually 5% to none


i know a lot of people in the service industry.



some places have it set up that if you don't tip the servers pay for it



p.s. once my sister dident have any change for a tip so she left a $100 bill wtf right but when ever she goes back there she gets special service lol like royalty
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I don't tip. Period.

People are being paid to do their jobs beforehand and tipping would just make them crave more next time (or at least the same). Same when raising children I guess...

Furthermore I'd feel like I was patronizing by giving them petty amounts of money (I know I'd feel patronized if someone gave me 1.5 $ for something... I mean, seriously?).

Might just be me, might just be my country, but tipping REALLY doesn't make sense to me (perhaps except if we're talking a larger sum of money and/or bribery). If they treat me worse the next time I'm visiting and I get the feeling it's because of the lacking tips then I just go elsewhere or talk to the management
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i only tip to nice&kind waiters/waitresses. give me an attitude/bad vibe don't expect a tip.
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Posted 2/24/09 , edited 2/24/09

kyoukoujin wrote:


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."


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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.


Yea. I don't see any stations with attendants since nobody wants to tip at a gas station when it's so easy. I hate it when those guys come and wipe your windows for you when you don't even want it wiped then expect a tip. Going to buy something and tipping for good service is one thing; but, having someone do something to your car unsolicited is a bit intrusive in my book. I personally order out or cook since I don't want to pay that tip money. The tip jars at counters piss me off a bit actually. It used to be in a few places; now, I seem to see a tip jar even at some convenience stores (and I hear the owners take some of the money too since they say that they are working as well... -_-) Anyway, I hope everyone keeps in reasonable through the recession. Don't get too greedy at work and be smart, thrifty, yet considerate as a consumer.


Phasespace wrote:

I don't tip. Period.

People are being paid to do their jobs beforehand and tipping would just make them crave more next time (or at least the same). Same when raising children I guess...

Furthermore I'd feel like I was patronizing by giving them petty amounts of money (I know I'd feel patronized if someone gave me 1.5 $ for something... I mean, seriously?).

Might just be me, might just be my country, but tipping REALLY doesn't make sense to me (perhaps except if we're talking a larger sum of money and/or bribery). If they treat me worse the next time I'm visiting and I get the feeling it's because of the lacking tips then I just go elsewhere or talk to the management


It's because of the pay system; not because of ethics of customs. Denmark is okay because the wages are reasonable. In the US, wages for food service is lower because tips are typically given. If people were paid the same as in Denmark for wages, tips wouldn't be necessary. But in Denmark, if they were paid the same wages as the US, they wouldn't survive without tip money.
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Posted 2/24/09
i try to tip a reasonable amount especially when the service is good.
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Posted 2/24/09
barely tip.im greedy, what can i say?

unless the waiter was sweet talking me, then i tip extra.
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I tipped this girl a $5 btw she was hot I normally tipped people $2 but this was a special person. she was giving me a nice foot rubbed and massage.
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i usually tip around 10%. unless the waiter/waitress was cool then i'll toss more on the table.
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Posted 2/24/09
yeah i'd never tip anyone except they do pretty good on delivery like get to ur house in 5 mins or sumtin like that!
Posted 2/24/09
Hmm. A kick in the nuts
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Posted 2/24/09
Its nice to tip people, if you can afford it. And I think the servers shouldnt get too greedy. If service charge is included in the bill, I dont see a reason to tip the waiters. And besides, the customer has no obligation to tip them in the first place.
Posted 2/24/09
i tip sometimes. usually $4-$5.
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If you can't afford to tip, you shouldn't be eating out. Servers get paid shit, so we rely on our tips. Always tip if you are being waited on!! (unless your waiter is really an asshole)
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Posted 2/24/09
hmm i tip people when i go to classy retaurants it just feel wierd O..o the waiters saying TY V MUCH HERES YOUR CHECK in a happy expression XD i know im easy to fool'ed lol
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Posted 2/24/09
I give the usual 15-20% tip, execpt for when the resturant add the tip to the bill. I put the tip in the waiter's/waitress's hand, so other people won't steal it.
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