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I Always Tip Well

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    THANK You!

    I am a waitress, and from the bottom of my polyester uniform-clad little heart I would like to thank you all for being such decent, generous people. I make $2.17/hr, plus my tips, so the bulk of my income depends on the kindness of others. Unfortunately, not everyone is so nice...
    OFFthecuff OFFthecuff 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 29, 2008

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    Unless

    If the staff is rude, goes out of their way to eff things up or is just plain oblivious, I won't leave any tip at all. But I will leave an explanation and ask to speak to the manager. For example, out for dinner one evening my mean arrived frozen. Literally. I got the...
    sassyg1rl sassyg1rl 36-40, F Oct 10, 2013

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    I Tip Them When I Like Them

    I know that waitresses and waiters get paid little and depend on tips...  and I enjoy it when they have personality and provide more than just a bringing my dinner to me. Now I have an attitude about portion control as well... I am lean and do not have much body fat...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 6, 2009

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    I Always Tip Well...unlike Some!

    There was this story about some guy stiffing a waiter due to an Obama button.   I would never ever stiff a waiter because they had different political beliefs. Especially when they don't bother you about them. Not tipping is like not paying any other bill. Which...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Oct 28, 2008

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    Yes, 20% or more. Generous giving is about me

    more than the service. If you watch you will find the waitress or waiter are working hard. Compare that to how hard you work for the same amount as you will be tipping.
    in2mec in2mec 56-60, M 1 Response Dec 8, 2013

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    I Usually Over-tip...

    i know how difficult it can be to work with the public, so i have a soft spot for waiters and waitresses. even if i think the service wasn't that great, i still tip. i feel bad if i don't.
    NaNeenah NaNeenah 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 9, 2008

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    Always Over Tip

    I have worked as a server and a bartender so I know what it's like to do those jobs. I always over tip. They aren't paid anything really so most of their income is dependent on tips. I tip especially well when they are busy and still take care of me well.
    bvb1123 bvb1123 41-45, M Jun 2, 2011

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    I will always time, whether it is a penny

    placed face down; denoting how poor the service was, or to slide a hundred dollar bill into the sleeve and walk away quietly unnoticed. I always tip.
    Quesaw Quesaw 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 7

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    I've known enough waitresses

    and bartenders to know they're usually getting screwed by the management in all sorts of ways. But they work hard to take care of us customers anyway. I won't go so far as to say they deserve it, because some don't. So I won't tip as much for sullen or rude service - but if...
    proguitar proguitar 51-55, M Mar 17

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    I like to take care of the people

    that take care of me! on the flip side...if I get bad service...
    dachrisser dachrisser 36-40, M Jun 27

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    I tip 15% almost all the time.

    You treat me.nice I tip 25% if the service is great and higher if you are outstanding
    lonesojourner lonesojourner 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 1

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    Even Though I'm Australian

    Australians are notorious (or to be praised, depending on your point of view) for not tipping in restaurants. Some restaurants do have tipping jars/containers, but there often isn't a lot in there. That said, I believe that if you get good food with good service at a restaurant...
    AdiRudi AdiRudi 18-21, M 4 Responses Aug 1, 2010

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    Unless The Service Sucks......

    ....then you get nothing. Good service equals a good tip. Bad service gets diddly squat. Smile, say hello, take my drink order, take my food order, bring my food in a timely manner, ask if I need anything, refill my beverage as needed, ask if I want dessert, and bring the check...
    mr1d8 mr1d8 41-45, M Nov 2, 2012

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    Your Hostess With The Mostess.....

    Being that I am a hostess at a local Chilis and have hosted in the past, I feel like tipping well is a must.......unless they suck then I don't feel bad for leaving a bad tip. One thing I also can't stand, is when a server has already made a judgement about me. For instance, some...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2012

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    All Ways Have

    I have always tipped above average, but now my wife works as a waitress and I feel even stronger about it. Most of the wait staff, pizza drivers, and other tipped people work very hard to give outstanding service and rely mostly on what they make for tips to live on, so when I...
    slobbernut slobbernut 41-45, M Aug 5, 2013

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    I Know What It Is Like........

    I used to be a waitress. I know what it is like! I know about the bull crap that waitresses have to put up with, I know how your feet hurt at the end of a shift. I know how you get angry when you have a cheap tipper. I know about rude customers. So yeah I tip well!
    myowncreation74 myowncreation74 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I Sneak Money On the Table

     It's uncomfortable when you go out to lunch or dinner with a friend who wants to treat you and they don't let you pay for anything, including the tip.  Sometimes the tip is so bad that I insist that they let me put down a few dollars. In response, they insist that I...
    apencilfornow apencilfornow 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 4, 2008

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    I Was A Waitress (Admittedly More Appreciated For My Demeanor Than My Service)

    I was a part-time waitress at a diner when i was fifteen and sixteen, then at several different resort hotels here in upstate New York until i was twenty-five (when i became a full-time civil service employee). That, however, is not why i tip well--although those jobs are why i...
    eleanorssong eleanorssong 56-60, F Apr 14, 2012

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    Always!

    Waitresses make so little and they work so hard, I know I used to be one!  All of the clean up, the customers, getting blamed for wrong orders the works!  I always tip well unless the waitress lets my tea glass run empty.  No excuse for that what so ever in my book...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 27, 2007

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    20+% baseline

    I have done restaurant work in the past. I know from experience how soul-destroying it can be, how easily it can eat lives. And I know from experience that tipping can make or break a day. More often than not I eat alone. I order one entrée, maybe soup and salad, maybe an...
    lovecraftanon lovecraftanon 26-30, M Nov 22, 2013

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    They Will Never Spit In My Food

    I make it a point to leave a generous tip for a few different reasons.  One, I know that waitresses/waiters make like $3 an hour.  So, their tips are what help them feed their families.  Two, I want to make sure that no one will ever do anything disgusting to my...
    CuriosityKitten CuriosityKitten 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 5, 2008

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    I'm Pretty Cheap But I Still Tip.

    I used to wok in the food industry so I understand how annoying people are. Unless my waiter was a total a-hole I always tip well. Most people don't know that waiters only make like two dollars an hour so most of their income depends on tips. People that don't tip well get...
    talktolabomb talktolabomb 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2009

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    I'm No Reservoir Dog

    I've known way too many waitresses and waiters not to over tip. I probably tip way more than I should, even when I get ****** service. But I will really, really over tip for good service. I've dropped a $20.00 tip on a $50.00 bill before. I know it's ridiculous, but I can't...
    sweetprofanity sweetprofanity 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 22, 2012

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    I Don't Go Out To Often...

    My Father always tipped 14-15% He always says to double the sales tax amount. He must pay more now since sales tax has gone up from 6 and a half percent to 9 percent. I don't know if he realizes this. I usually tip 15 to 20% because I don't go out too often.
    nemo669 nemo669 41-45, M Feb 3, 2012

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    So Long As I've Got It!

    So long as I have the money to spare, I tip.  And I try to budget meals out to allow for the tip.  'Cause honestly those men and women bust their azzes serving our food...and often all they get for their pains is a lot of complaining and grief.In the same vein, when the service...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 27, 2011

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    Having worked in the service industry,

    I feel the need to make sure that each person who serves me at least at an average clip gets about 20%. Superior service goes above, iffy-bad service gets 15%.
    CubsLover1998 CubsLover1998 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 9

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    If The Service Is Great..

    If it isn't then I won't tip, they already get paid. But if I feel they've really worked hard in making my experience special (just smiling and having a great attitude is all it takes) then I will tip the way over the standard 10% it will encourage them to treat all customers...
    hellsbellsxxx hellsbellsxxx 18-21, F Jun 21, 2012

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    These People Work Hard For Their Money.

    I have worked in a couple of different restaurants.  It is hard work.  Waiting tables may look easy and it may not take a genius IQ, but running your *** off 40 hours a week for less than minimum wage isn't exactly a cake-walk.    My baseline for...
    Iamnobodywhoareyou Iamnobodywhoareyou 22-25, F Jun 26, 2010

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    Been On The Receiving End

    I worked a lot of odd jobs part-time to support myself in college. Pizza delivery, coffee counters, etc. I know how frustrating it is to get stiffed on a tip, I've had the experience for myself. Now that I'm in my career and I'm financially sound, I always tip my servers and...
    GMan74 GMan74 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 20, 2011

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    Nearly Always

    We have a strange relationship to tipping in the UK. Generally the custom is not to tip except for in a restaurant, and probably taxi, and then something like a hair salon. But, it's not as though in the latter two you're going to get a grumpy look (or worse) if you don't.As for...
    RepealHornyEmu RepealHornyEmu 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    I've Never Been a Waiter

    But unless the person who serves me food is completely rude and makes it very clear that they don't want to be tipped, I will always be as generous as possible. If I am with annoying people I tend to even tip more. But it's only polite, and it's important to show waiters...
    JonFurniss JonFurniss 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 28, 2008

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    I Tip Well, But I'll Also Go The Extra Mile.

    I consider myself to be a good tipper. I don't take it out on the waiter or waitress if the food is bad, that's down to the cook. Or if it took a little while for it to reach our dining table, depends on how busy the night. I even go the extra mile and clean my own table. I...
    marchtothebeatofyourowndrum marchtothebeatofyourowndrum 31-35, F May 13, 2011

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    Always Tip Well

    WELL When i worked as a pizza delievery man i hated getting lousy tips i was always a good tipper anyway now i tip even better thats how the ppl make their money but not enough ppl care . vinny
    mycuzinvinni mycuzinvinni 46-50, M 4 Responses Jul 19, 2012

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    The Service Industry.....

    I work with the public , in the service idustry, and have great empathy for those who depend on the good graces of their customers to make a decent wage.  I always start out at 30 %...the only way for them to get less, is to give poor service.   Penny
    lonesurvivor lonesurvivor 51-55, F 3 Responses Sep 6, 2009

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    To Insure Promptness... Tip

    To Insure Promptness...TIP :-)   I was a waitress for a few years... Waitressing is a tough job ... if you want to be a good one.... I worked at a coffee shop. I think my job there may have been tougher than someone say at a Dinner House.  It was the only...
    pixelita pixelita 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 6, 2009

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    Or Make Money Figurines

    I will admit, I DON'T always tip! I strictly base it on if the waiter/waitress has done their job! That means glass refills or asking if we need anything, at least ONE time after we're served. Coming back repeatedly is obnoxious! THAT dwindles the tip from me, too! But for...
    emerald emerald 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2007

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    I do. I am a former hairstylist

    and in fact, I even owned my own salon. "Back in the day" hairstylists did not earn comparable wages to other professions and there was no such thing as "benefits". A haircut then could be had for a mere few dollars as pricing was based on time spent and not ability. Many of us...
    cheleshere cheleshere 66-70, F 3 Responses Mar 7

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    They Deserve It.

    I started working in a restaurant several months ago. I'm a hostess, so I don't get tips. I do, however, see how hard the waitresses work. Some people tend to assume that working at a restaurant is easy. It's not. Good service is incredibly important, I do agree with that. But...
    SheistheLorax SheistheLorax 18-21, F 12 Responses Jan 4, 2008

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    They're Paid Nothing Anyway Why Not Help Them Out

    I've worked several crappy jobs, my first being in the service industry. I worked retail so I wasn't even allowed to get paid extra for people treating me like sh*t. So ever since then I've enforced the idea that if I go anywhere where I have to try and tip at least 5 dollars no...
    Megan1111 Megan1111 22-25, F May 21, 2011

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    I Hate Leaving Crappy Tips

    so I never do.  I think that waiters and waitresses work hard, fetching stuff for diners, and earning very little or no base pay; so I tip well.  When I'm with someone who leaves a crappy tip, I compensate for it so the person doesn't suffer.  I'm with people from...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 25, 2007

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    I Probably Have It Backwards

    I think I tip to reflect myself often times, vs. the service I get. I have never even tipped under $5 for a pizza delivery... I guess I just feel it is part of the deal and am not hung up on letting someone know where I stand with them based on a tip. Service would have to be...
    BebeKitten BebeKitten 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 25, 2013

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    I'll Have That to Go, Please!

    Last night we all went out for dinner for my daughter's birthday at her favorite Italian restaurant.  The waitress was obviously good at her job and quite efficient.  The kitchen,  not so much.  Everyone around us was getting served and our poor waitress had...
    Myonis108 Myonis108 56-60, F 16 Responses Dec 19, 2008

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    I dislike tipping, plain

    and simple. It's not legally required unless a large bill incurs a mandatory 'gratuity fee.' Then again, I'm unsure if a restaurant has the legal right to add a mandatory fee on the state and/or federal level (that's not the issue I am here to present). Anyhow, I do...
    FonderAbsence FonderAbsence 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 11

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    Well Deserved Gratuity

     Most food and cocktail servers really make an effort to make your dining experience enjoyable and for the most part they do a pretty good job of it. As a rule I leave my server 20%.  I've known people who refuse to tip at all based upon their "principles...
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 12, 2009

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    Text Message

    I got this message a couple of day ago so i just thought to share it on Ep A little boy went to an Ice Cream shop and Asked: How much a large cup of costs ? Waiter : Rs 40 The boy started counting how much he had in his pocket. Then he asked : How much a small cup costs...
    lazyangel lazyangel 22-25, M 10 Responses May 7, 2011

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    Generous Tip Giver

    I work in the hospitality industry and have learnt that tips are what makes someone's job that much better. If someone is providing you with a service, you should always tip them if you enjoyed said service. Usually 10% of the bill is the amount of tip you give, but in Eastern...
    BounceAround BounceAround 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2013

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    Common Courtesy

    I always tip well, even though sometimes I can't afford it.  I think it's common courtesy to do so.  I will leave a good tip unless they don't put in an effort to do their job.  I've heard that the Pizza Hut delivery guy's fight over who gets to deliver to me ha ha...
    myheartmypain myheartmypain 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 22, 2010

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    Oh Goodness Yes

    I worked my way through college and most to of graduate school being a waitress and a bartender. I am a huge tipper when I get at least adequate service.  But I will say if you do not give me the minimum, I am not at all afraid to leave you a tiny tip.  I have done it, I know...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2013

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    Used to Be a Waitress

    I tip well and get very upset if I go out with a man that doesn't tip well. I used to be a waitress and many times people would leave nominal tips. When you are eating out remember that the tip you leave may be a major portion of the waiter/waitress's hourly pay.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 12 Responses Apr 11, 2008

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    I Always Say,

    Pizza-guys like stoners, because we always tip with wanton abaddon for our bank accounts. Such is our nature. I remember giving a dude a twenty dollar tip for bringing my band-friends and I a pizza at high school while we were waiting to suit up and march in for Homecoming. No...
    pratyekayan pratyekayan 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 23, 2010

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    When A Friend Takes You Out To Eat And You Say " I'll Get The Tip" Give A Good One!

    You just sat and had a free meal. It isn't right that your friend has to see the crappy tip you left and come back while you are in the bathroom, apologize and shell out more money because you are so cheap that you don't pay for your meal or the good service you got! If I am...
    aprilriver aprilriver 31-35, F Feb 25, 2011

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