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The 7 - One Question... - Do you tip?
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#1 Posted on 30.12.06 0430.01
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My wife and I go out to eat a lot and I like to tip 20% as long as the service was decent. If it was lousy I'll only double the tax. I live by the rule of "Don't mess with the people who serve your food" and try to be polite to them.

Pizza delivery guys, when I did order pizza to my house, were usually given a couple dollars. I give out a dollar for soda and a two for mixed drinks when I go to a cash bar at a formal function.

That's the only people I've given out a few extra dollars to. I hardly ever use a taxi and the last time I did I was really shocked over the price and did not leave a tip.
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#2 Posted on 30.12.06 0506.09
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Yeah, 20%, rounded up, at restaurants (or a little more if I'm a regular). If I pick up to-go food at an actual sit-down type restaurant, I'll usually tip 10% for the guys in the back, or I'll put a buck in the "tip jar." ("Tip jars" at "fast food" type places -- like a Subway, for instance -- get nothin'.) Pizza guys or other food delivery guys get 2-3 bucks.

(My wife once went through a drive-thru at a locally-owned burger joint [which is to say, several steps above a McDonald's] to pick up some dinner for me and she tipped the kid at the window. He was pretty baffled! How adorable!)

When we travel, we tip a couple of bucks a day to the cleaning staff when we stay in a hotel. I'm not sure how widespread that is, or if it's enough or too much, or what. Shuttlebus drivers get a buck or two, as well.

And I tip the tattoo guy.

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#3 Posted on 30.12.06 0538.07
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If someone doesn't tip enough I'll add to the tip. I've even done it once for a stranger. An older woman and I guess her granddaughter having ice cream and left some loose change on the counter so I added buck to it.
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#4 Posted on 30.12.06 1316.40
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I worked at a Burger King for several years, and I remember one guy giving me a tip one time. I still don't know what that was about. Maybe it was so I didn't kick him and his girlfriend out when they started making out inside.

Karlos has reminded me of something I've wondered. I don't go to Starbucks, but I've been told that they have a tip jar there. What do people think about tipping someone who gives you your already overpriced coffee?

A lot of the big city tipping scenarios don't come into play for me.

Around here, if you want a taxi, you have to call them and get them to come where you are. I believe the taxi company in town has signs on their doors that say something like "$2 or $4, you pay no more!". So a tip on that would be like a $1 or something.

The only thing I'll say that I hate is how restaurants are allowed to skirt the minimum wage laws. In Wisconsin, the normal minimum wage is $6.50 per hour. But if you're an employee who regularly receives tips, they can pay you as little as $2.33 per hour. I would guess that there's something similar in most states.

I don't like the idea that I have to subsidize someone's salary because their employer pays them so little. Nor do I like the idea that I have to pay someone something extra in order for them to give me good service. Anyone who takes pride in their job should be doing the best they can regardless. We don't tip our doctor in order for him to remember to take the scalpel back out when he's done with surgery. We don't need to tip the airline pilot in order for him to try to avoid turbulence. These are things that they are just supposed to do anyway. I don't see why the service industry should be any different.

I guess what I'm saying is that I'd rather see prices and wages raised, and tipping abolished.

But until that time comes, I'll continue to give that extra 20% to the wait staff.
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#5 Posted on 30.12.06 1623.51
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I give tips based on my satisfaction with service. PERIOD. I dont really care about a person's wages, how much they are making an hour, how much the gas costs them to get to my house when delivering a pizza, or any of the other 'reasons' people say I SHOULD tip.

Give me good service, I tip you well. Give me average service, you get 15%. Give me anything less than average service and you may not get tipped at all.

Bottom line, if you dont want your take home pay dictated by how people give you extra money for doing your job, get another job.
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#6 Posted on 30.12.06 1722.45
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See also previous threads Subway (the Sandwiches) (The W) and tipping (The W).

We tend to be pretty generous tipping our waiters and waitresses and just kinda generous with the pizza guy. I don't know where we rate with the taxi services. I didn't tip my postal carrier, but I think he was angling for something last Saturday - of course, he also woke me up, so it was a bad time for him to drop any hints. :)
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#7 Posted on 30.12.06 1908.54
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    See also previous threads Subway (the Sandwiches) (The W) and tipping (The W).

    We tend to be pretty generous tipping our waiters and waitresses and just kinda generous with the pizza guy. I don't know where we rate with the taxi services. I didn't tip my postal carrier, but I think he was angling for something last Saturday - of course, he also woke me up, so it was a bad time for him to drop any hints. :)
I'd never tip the mail carrier: they don't deliver to my door. Nope: it's a community mailbox, where I have to trudge five minutes to get to it. it's annoying.

I tip taxi drivers: If my fare comes out to $8.00, I'lll had a tenspot over and say keep the change. If for any other reason, I hate carrying change.
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#8 Posted on 30.12.06 2121.50
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I'm a terrible tipper and I admit it. I don't tip the pizza guy (usually I pay with a check), and at a restaurant, I dont tip a certain amount, I usually tip a couple of bucks (usually what loose ones I have in my wallet, or when paying with check card, round it up to end in 5 or 0.)

I usually base my tips on the amount of drink I have....if they keep my glass full, they're more likely to get a better tip than if they don't.
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#9 Posted on 30.12.06 2201.57
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Full service Restaurant unless the service is bad - 15%, better service, 20%

one of those buffet places, about 19% for the one that brings your drink and busses the table

pizza - about 2-3 - round up to the next 5, usually, unless it's too close

Taxi/Shuttle - depends, but a couple bucks, usually

I don't tip in hotels usually.
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#10 Posted on 31.12.06 0013.43
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It's actually against Federal regulations to tip your mailman, at least here in the US. The Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch says that they are allowed to accept non-cash gifts only, and nothing valued at more than $20.

Whether they actually follow that is another story.
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#11 Posted on 31.12.06 0339.02
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I tip 15% at restaurants, service good or bad, and do not stray from this. (Except once, we left a penny and hustled our asses OUT, but they had it coming ...)

For pizza, I tip about 10% ... I never really knew what the rule of thumb was for pizzas, and assumed this was fair?
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#12 Posted on 31.12.06 1349.25
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When I delivered pizza, if my tips for the evening averaged out to better than $1.00 per stop, this was a good night. We delivered to a lot of students and lower-income families.

In general, I tip 15-20% for waiters, $3-$4 for food deliveries or cabs or haircuts, and that's about it. And if I don't like the service, I have no problem whatsoever with not tipping.
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#13 Posted on 31.12.06 1645.24
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Having worked in a restaurant for many years when I was younger, I tip 20% minimum, unless it was exceptionally bad service. If I'm with a group, and I feel the total tip we're leaving is a little "light", I'll usually throw in another buck or 2 above what I already contributed.

I only order pizza at work every other Friday from Papa John's. I get the small, and tip $3 (pizza price is around $7). The store instituted a minimum order dollar amount about a year ago, or else they wouldn't deliver. Probably due to gas prices. My small pizza would fall under the minimum amount needed, but the store made an exception for me, probably due to my generous tips.

Haircuts usually get $2-$3. Car wash around the same.
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#14 Posted on 1.1.07 1239.27
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Twenty percent for waiters and deliveryfolk. I don't tip for counter service, though (e.g. Starbucks). About the same for cab drivers, although I don't take cabs much anymore. A flat two bucks for haircuts. And I wash my own car.
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#15 Posted on 1.1.07 1345.03
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    Originally posted by KJames199
    $3-$4 for food deliveries or cabs or haircuts

Haircuts?! Well, I never. Although the person who cuts my hair runs her own salon out of her house and the whole fee goes right into her pocket anyway, so it's probably not really necessary in that case. And if it is, I rarely get haircuts, so I can claim ignorance.

I always tip well at restaurants, probably like 25-30%. This is on account of 1) my mom, who is a horrible tipper and regularly embarrassed me to death by hardly leaving anything when I'd go out to eat with her, and 2) Jack Nicholson, who ate at a diner in New Jersey where my aunt was a waitress and left her a tip bigger than the cost of his breakfast. The more ways I can be like Jack, the better off I'll be, I figure.

I've never felt as strongly about tipping food delivery people as I do about tipping people in restaurants, probably 'cause I was never aware of how badly my mom was tipping the pizza guys. But my wife always tips $5 to people that come to our house.

It seemed kinda steep at first, although for pizza and Chinese and such, when you're already spending $20+, it's not so bad. But we started living together in college, and in a college area with all the eateries around you could get, say, two pieces of cheesecake delivered, and at that point a $5 tip is doubling your cost. Still, though, I have adopted the $5 policy.

My mailman can pry a tip out of my cold, dead hand.

(edited by SEADAWG on 1.1.07 1346)
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#16 Posted on 1.1.07 1549.50
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I'm not a good tipper at most restaurants, the meal itself has already usually cost about the limit of what I can afford to pay for a single meal, so I typically can't leave the 20-30% that a lot of people leave, and will try to get as close to 15% as I can with what I have without going over, most of the time. If I made more money, I'd tip better.

I tip $2 for haircuts, sometimes $3.

My roommate is the worst tipper ever, though, as he'll usually only tip the cent amount it takes to push his bill to an even dollar amount (he always pays with his credit card).
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#17 Posted on 1.1.07 1554.02
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Depends entirely on the service and climate. At my local coffee shop, I tend to tip 20% or more. The service there is generally very good and the place is usually swamped. As for waiters, 15/20%.
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#18 Posted on 1.1.07 2230.52
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    Originally posted by SEADAWG
      Originally posted by KJames199
      $3-$4 for food deliveries or cabs or haircuts

    Haircuts?! Well, I never. Although the person who cuts my hair runs her own salon out of her house and the whole fee goes right into her pocket anyway, so it's probably not really necessary in that case. And if it is, I rarely get haircuts, so I can claim ignorance.


The rule I always heard was you don't tip if it's the owner of the establishment. Otherwise, tip your hairdresser. The gals at Great Clips usually get $3 or $4 after my routine, ten minute clip job each month.

Restaurants: about 20% usually. Once I was in a good mood and then got really great service at Denny's and so I left a $5 tip on a $5.xx bill. That percentage is quite rare.
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#19 Posted on 2.1.07 0858.53
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Haircuts a couple of bucks

Eating out:

Great service - 20%
Good - 15%
Fair - 10%
Poor - one cent

Cabs and limos are a buck a bag.
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#20 Posted on 2.1.07 0926.28
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The barbershop I use in smallSouthernTown, GA charges $9 for a haircut. I usually give 'em $10. It's not terribly generous, but it's enough that I don't feel cheap for waiting to receive ONE DOLLAR back.

Eating anywhere that I get waited on, even just to top off my drink: Minimum of $3, up to 25% for exceptional service (ie, keeping my glass from being empty without bringing alot of attention to themselves.) I don't care if my glass isn't full. It just shouldn't ever be empty.

I rarely if ever ride limos or taxis, but I when I did I rounded the fare to the nearest $5.
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