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I always tip 20-30%. Not tipping is bad social etiquette. You can justify it all you want but know that if you don't tip you are generally considered rude and cheap.
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The one positive about tipping; a truly great wait-person can make a killing on tips, especially at nicer restaurants.

Personally if the service is competent and professional for the entire experience, I tip 20% on the entire bill. If it is lacking in some elements, but not terrible I tip 15% on the food portion only. If it is god-awful, and a place that I am going to return again, I will ask for the manager and let them know what wasn't up to my expectations and tip 10% with the request that the tip only goes to those who provided adequate service. If it was terrible and I have no intention of ever returning, I will just leave a buck or two.

However, if the service is outstanding I will either leave a large tip with the check, up to 100% of the bill; or tip 25% on the bill and personally hand a cash tip to those who really went above and beyond to make the dining experience exemplary.

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Tipping does't exist here in Norway
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Tips is not a form of salary only if it is collected by the restaurant on the receipt and then distributed to the employees.
There a lot of censers about the obligation about it but most I base on mere capitalism. I wont pay twice what is included in the food price.

"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest" -Smith
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Posted 5/29/15
Well I live in a country where tipping isn't a thing, because employees actually get paid more than minimum wage?
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Posted 5/29/15
For Waitress jobs here you only get paid by the tips.
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I don't tip anyway. You make money by saving money. Keep the pennies, and it makes pounds.

I do occasionally tip if I get really good service. But having a southern accent and living in the north, I am guaranteed to get shit service in the city I live in.
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I'm a poor student but I still leave tip and try not to make any trouble for the restaurant staff. I won't linger for hours, complain about a slight thing wrong with the dish, or constantly ask for stuff. I just eat and go. I don't expect deep conversations and I don't expect to be treated like royalty.

If the service is bad and it's a low-end restaurant like Denny's or something, I leave $1 per person. For higher-end places, I'll give 5% for exceptionally bad service.

If it's okay and average, I'll leave 15%. If it's exceptional service, I go 20% or more. At bars, I always give $1 for every drink I get, even if it's just a free cup of water, since I know I always make several rounds whenever I'm at a bar. Great drinks and very friendly bartenders get $2 per drink.

I always calculate tips based on the price of the food only. I don't add tax or any other weird nonsense. If I'm aware I don't have money for tips, I try not to eat out, though. I have no problem cooking decent meals for myself.
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I tip at least 10% every time I eat out. I understand the workload. I know the low wage. And I know a lot of them aren't even citizens of the States.

For really good service, I tip higher, but that doesn't happen often. Also, cooks have a higher salary than waiters. Basing this from the US. Texas, specifically, since even every state has a difference on minimum wage and such.

Edit: I forgot to discuss the article. It's already been said, but it's crap. Less than 3 bucks is not a living wage. Only strippers get $200+ in tips.
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America is lazy. Yes, we need to create extra jobs like waiters for people to work. You have to start off the bottom and work up to your career. But what I said before, America is lazy. I think in some restaurants, not the fancy expensive ones, needs to let people do their own work. Go up there and order, wait at your table with your number, get your food unless you order for buffet, get your own drinks from the soda fountain and enjoy your meal. At the end the janitor people cleans the tables for the next people. Seemly wherever you go there's always janitors anyways. It's only a thought. Maybe someone can improve the system better. Hopefully. I feel for the female waiters though. I know the guys in my family gets drunk at the bar and goes somewhere to eat. They have to catcall and flirt with the waiters. If the waiter is a guy, they have to be aholes. I feel for those people. So, they better be glad that their not kin to them like me. :/ There's always a solution for problems, you just have to sit and think about it for a bit.
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I still tip.... Here in Washington and Oregon servers have to be paid the same minimum wage as the rest of the workforce... Or $9.47 WA and $9.25 OR... When I was a dishwasher/prep-cook/line cook in the '80s they only had to pay $2.40 an hour, (or there-abouts).... Minimum was $4 back then...

They figure that a server gets 8% of their sales as tips.... A total crock! It's more like 4%. Most people are not very good tip-ers.

The only times I don't tip is when the restaurant specifically asks that you don't (some places are starting that practice but they pay $15hr.)
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When the service is shitty.... If I sit for thirty minutes and I get my food cold and I have haggle over it or I have to haggle with the server over a discount coupon or something-else stupid.... you ain't getting a tip! If my endless fries or drink aren't, you ain't getting any tip.
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Please check your state law about tipping wages. One thing that annoys me is blanket comments that ALL OVER DA USA IT LIKE DIS. No jack-hole, it is different in damn near every state.
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Posted 5/30/15
Not tipping a waiter/waitress that seems f'ed up, unless the waiter/ess acts rude, that's the only way a tip will not be given from me. I try to give at least 20%.
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If you plan on going back to same restaurant you better tip the first time, or you don't know what will be in your food the next time.
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Posted 5/30/15
I always tip but I almost never eat out anyway, too expensive and I like to cook.

Whenever I go to a restaurant I think “Look at me, I am renting this huge venue and paying an army of servants to prepare food for me!“.
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