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Old 25 Dec 2008, 03:27
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I never leave a tip. At the end of the day it's their job.
At least in the US most food service employees (waiters/waitresses/delivery guys/etc.) get paid either close to minimum wage or, in some cases, below, with tips making up the bulk of their income. If you are in a restaurant with seated service and your server does a good job, then the decent thing to do is to give them a tip. When it comes to delivery service, as Deezlepope mentions, it pays off to be kind to the delivery guy/gal by giving them a decent tip; it does make a difference.


... however, I do object to fast food places & other counter service establishments putting a cup by the register with "Tips" handwritten on it. Often the owner/manager does not even know that their employees are doing it.
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Old 25 Dec 2008, 09:00
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At least in the US most food service employees (waiters/waitresses/delivery guys/etc.) get paid either close to minimum wage or, in some cases, below, with tips making up the bulk of their income. If you are in a restaurant with seated service and your server does a good job, then the decent thing to do is to give them a tip. When it comes to delivery service, as Deezlepope mentions, it pays off to be kind to the delivery guy/gal by giving them a decent tip; it does make a difference.


... however, I do object to fast food places & other counter service establishments putting a cup by the register with "Tips" handwritten on it. Often the owner/manager does not even know that their employees are doing it.
You're absolutely right, Kevin. Most food service jobs don't pay very well hourly, and tips are a large part of your wages...some waitstaff make only $2 or so, hourly. You depend on them as part of your income, so when a customer doesn't tip, or stiffs you, it's very disappointing, especially if you provided exemplary service.

Again, I agree! That's just tacky!!
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Old 25 Dec 2008, 12:17
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At least $5 although he usually gets more because I just tell him to keep the change. I also tip them in beer from time to time. The lucky ones that deliver during a party have been known to not leave until the next morning.
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Old 25 Dec 2008, 15:09
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... however, I do object to fast food places & other counter service establishments putting a cup by the register with "Tips" handwritten on it. Often the owner/manager does not even know that their employees are doing it.
The only tip jar that I put money into is at the coffee shop just down the road from me. I go in there often enough that the employees know me and they do a much better job than what you would find in any Starbucks. Great little family owned place.
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Old 25 Dec 2008, 18:12
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I guess I'm weird but I can't remember the last time we got food delivered.
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Old 25 Dec 2008, 18:25
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Old 25 Dec 2008, 19:32
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Old 25 Dec 2008, 19:50
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Originally Posted by KW802 View Post
At least in the US most food service employees (waiters/waitresses/delivery guys/etc.) get paid either close to minimum wage or, in some cases, below, with tips making up the bulk of their income. If you are in a restaurant with seated service and your server does a good job, then the decent thing to do is to give them a tip. When it comes to delivery service, as Deezlepope mentions, it pays off to be kind to the delivery guy/gal by giving them a decent tip; it does make a difference.


... however, I do object to fast food places & other counter service establishments putting a cup by the register with "Tips" handwritten on it. Often the owner/manager does not even know that their employees are doing it.
I don't think that way, at the end of the day the waitress applied for that job. Who's fault is it if he / she is on minimum wadge?
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Old 04 Jan 2009, 01:19
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I don't think that way, at the end of the day the waitress applied for that job. Who's fault is it if he / she is on minimum wadge?
Originally Posted by Mr. Pink from the movie Reservoir Dogs

Nice Guy Eddie: C'mon, throw in a buck!
Mr. Pink: Uh-uh, I don't tip.
Nice Guy Eddie: You don't tip?
Mr. Pink: Nah, I don't believe in it.
Nice Guy Eddie: You don't believe in tipping?
Mr. Blue: You know what these chicks make? They make shit.
Mr. Pink: Don't give me that. She don't make enough money then she can quit.
Nice Guy Eddie: I don't even know a ++++ing Jew who'd have the balls to say that. Let me get this straight: you don't ever tip?
Mr. Pink: I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.
Mr. Blue: Hey, our girl was nice.
Mr. Pink: She was okay. She wasn't anything special.
Mr. Blue: What's special? Take you in the back and suck your ++++?
Nice Guy Eddie: I'd go over twelve percent for that.

...Later on...

Mr. Pink: I'm very sorry the government taxes their tips, that's ++++ed up. That ain't my fault. It would seem to me that waitresses are one of the many groups the government ++++s in the ass on a regular basis. Look, if you ask me to sign something that says the government shouldn't do that, I'll sign it, put it to a vote, I'll vote for it, but what I won't do is play ball. And as for this non-college bullshit I got two words for that: learn to ++++in' type, 'cause if you're expecting me to help out with the rent you're in for a big ++++in' surprise.
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Old 04 Jan 2009, 01:26
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I don't think that way, at the end of the day the waitress applied for that job. Who's fault is it if he / she is on minimum wadge?
You're missing the point; often they are working for less than minimum wage, one of the few industries in the US that allow that, because proper etiquette in the US is to tip food servers. So it is nobodies "fault" that they are working the job as much as you have elected to go against the norm.

It says a lot more about you than them. For your sake, I hope that there is not a particular restaurant, with table service, that you use often. Some of those stories are based on truth...
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Old 04 Jan 2009, 01:37
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For your sake, I hope that there is not a particular restaurant, with table service, that you use often. Some of those stories are based on truth...
Very true. There are two types of people in this world that you never want to get angry; Women and people that handle your food. Combine the two and you're just asking for trouble.

I learned from my dad growing up that you always tip well unless the service was horrible. I've only seen the old man not leave his usual $3 - $5 tip one time in my life. Usually he gets great service though. It seems like no matter where we go he knows most of the waitresses working in the place...he even buys Christmas gifts for a lot of them. >.> His girlfriend of many years has never been too happy about that.
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Old 04 Jan 2009, 01:55
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Usually depends on the weather and if it's a holiday.
I'll tip more in bad weather or a holiday when mostly everyone else is off.

Guess I'm $5.00 on a nice day which is usually around 20%.
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Old 04 Jan 2009, 03:33
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My husband will tip around 30% or to the nearest ball part figure. He'll order a buy one get one free at a cost of 11.99 and give the pizza delivery guy 15 sometimes 20. I never eat takeaway food, so I have never tipped.
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Old 04 Jan 2009, 03:40
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Speaking as someone who used to deliver pizzas...

I don't tip 20% but usually either round up or throw in a few extra singles if it's something like $19 or $29, etc.

I always made min. wage plus tips. Sometimes I'd do better than the waitresses making $2-3 per hour plus tips and sometimes they'd do better than me. I never got reimbursed for gas although this was back in the cheap gas times of the late 90s.

And yes, I did know exactly which houses tipped better than others. Some I could tell you their exact order without looking at the ticket. One house would always pay with either a $100 bill or all in coin. It was way out in the boonies and the tips were either non-existant or sucked. If you forgot to bring change for a $100, you had to drive all the way back out with their change.

If it was a slow night and I knew that the house wouldn't tip, I took my time. If I knew they tipped well, I took short cuts or ignored speed limits. (I always took note of where/when I saw the town cops) If it was a busy night and I knew the house wouldn't tip, they either got delivered last or I got to them quick just so I could make up the lost money getting back for another delivery which would likely tip better.
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Old 05 Jan 2009, 00:26
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Over here in Australia (in my experience) tipping is virtually non-existent. Hospitality related workers get paid their wage and sometimes there may be a small tip, but that is generally unusual. Of course, no-one gets paid $2-$3 an hour, the minimum wage is more like $8 or $9, with most restaurants paying their waiters/waitresses $12-$20 an hour. I must say though, I think the idea of reducing the standard wage and having tips as a normal practice would be good, mainly to increase the performance of workers. Australian workers (in hospitality) are typically lazy and I presume service standards are a fraction of the quality that would be present in the US.

I never get food delivered at all, but I used to work in a pizza store.

PS. The pay is obviously in AUD, so conversion is probably necessary to make a proper comparison.
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