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View Poll Results: What percentage do you tip in restaurants for good service?
0% 2 4.88%
5% 2 4.88%
10% 2 4.88%
15% 14 34.15%
20% 21 51.22%
25% + 8 19.51%
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:30 PM   #1
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Question What percentage do you tip in restaurants for good service?

What percentage do you tip in restaurants for good service?
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:32 PM   #2
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I'm typically in the 15-20% range.
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Old 04-02-2003, 02:20 PM   #3
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Old 04-02-2003, 06:11 PM   #4
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15-20. I probably tip 20% more often because it is easier to calculate, I'm lazy, and waiters work hard for the money.
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Old 04-02-2003, 10:21 PM   #5
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I normally tip 20% - sometimes a little less.
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Old 04-02-2003, 10:22 PM   #6
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I worked in a restaurant for 5 years as a kid, so I appreciate how hard they work.
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Old 04-03-2003, 01:06 AM   #7
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I usually do 15%.
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:25 PM   #8
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Generally 15-20%. I was a waitress back in HS and College. It was probably the hardest job I've ever had.
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:39 PM   #9
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Generally 15-20%. I was a waitress back in HS and College. It was probably the hardest job I've ever had.
I think if everyone had to spend 6 months working as a wait person, most people would be big tippers. It is hard work. You are on your feet for hours, your customers can be very rude, and the pay (including tips) is not that great.
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Old 01-21-2004, 07:18 PM   #10
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Old 03-19-2004, 03:28 PM   #11
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Depends on the service. Average service gets 15 percent, good service gets 20 percent, and exceptional service gets 25 percent. I used to own a restaurant and had to wait tables and know how difficult the customers can be and how hard the work is.
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Old 03-19-2004, 04:17 PM   #12
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usually about 20%, no less than 15%, if it's bad service, I will deduct from the tip though. Usually it has to be pretty bad though. I don't expect to be catered to constantly, just acknowledged. There's nothing worse than someone at the restaurant who thinks that the server is their own personal assistant for the evening. The other thing that annoys me about restaurants is when I'm served by 20 different people. I'm seated by one, someone else gets me my drinks. The server takes my order, but isn't the one who delivers my food, just my check. In my opinion the server doesn't deserve 15 to 20 % for this, but I tip it anyway. It's not fair, they hardly do anything sometimes when you have the group serving like that. I hope they split the tips up fairly, but I doubt that's what happens.
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Old 03-20-2004, 01:57 PM   #13
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DeltaDawn. What kind of restaurant did you own?
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Old 03-21-2004, 11:04 AM   #14
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It was a breakfast/lunch deli place. It was the most horrible experience I ever had. My husband and I dedicated everyday, 12 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year for 2 years, 5 months (we did take Thanksgiving and Christmas days off, but it didn't matter cuz we slept thru them anyway). Its been over 3 years since we walked away from the place, and it still brings shivers down my spine when I think of some of the people/things that went on there......
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Old 06-24-2004, 06:26 PM   #15
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I got this email about tipping and bad service.
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On your home page, you said...guess what! People in service industries don't always have great days either... Maybe your waiter is a little absent-minded because his mother is sick in the hospital.
Instead of skipping the tip, talk to the manager about poor service. ARE YOU KIDDING? A comment to owner/manager could get the server fired, or at the very least, a cut in hours. Definitly feel free slight the tip! Even say "Your attitude stinks" but DON'T complain to manager.
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