From: Mount Pleasant, Pa.
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|AIM: || ||#21 Posted on 2.1.07 1115.04 | Instant Rating: 5.13|
|Only people I have tipped were:|
Waitress/Waiter - $2 to $5
Pizza delivery guy - $2
Haircutter - $2
Guy who wipes my seat off at the baseball stadium - $1
Limo driver on my wedding day - $20
Side Note: As for my mailman, he NEVER delivers packages to my door. If he can't rubberband the package to the flag of my mailbox, he leaves one of those post-it type of notes in my mailbox telling me that I have to pick it up my package at the Post Office. This urks me to no end because I'm always getting packages from Ebay sellers and then having to run like hell to the Post Office before it closes at 4:00pm. Three times I have asked the people at the Post Office if some new rule was passed that I'm not aware of that says the mail carrier no longer has to deliver packages to the door, and all three times they told me that he/she should be bringing my packages to my door and that they will have a talk to that carrier. My kids missed out on getting 2 Christmas gifts because that jerk wouldn't bring the package to the door on the Saturday before Christmas.
"F*cking Chuck Norris."
From: Kentucky - Home of the 8 time NCAA Champ Wildcats
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|#22 Posted on 3.1.07 1204.12 | Instant Rating: 6.16|
|I've discovered that my perception of service has changed a little bit over time. I get annoyed at restaurants when the server is too "casual". I don't like being called "sweetie", "bud", etc. A month or so ago the dude waiting on MRS and I called me "big guy" - and I almost went through the roof. I'm 36 years old. I have too much gray hair popping up. I prefer to be called "sir" unless I actually know the server. However, I always let the quality of the service itself swing the pendulum. If the server is rude and the service is good, they get 15% or a little more (to the nearest whole dollar), if the server is rude and the service is poor, they may get as little as 5% depending on how rude and how poor the service is.|
University of Kentucky basketball isn't a matter of life and death, it's much more important than that.
From: Parts Unknown
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|#23 Posted on 3.1.07 1234.41 | Instant Rating: 3.56|
Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
I've discovered that my perception of service has changed a little bit over time. I get annoyed at restaurants when the server is too "casual". I don't like being called "sweetie", "bud", etc. A month or so ago the dude waiting on MRS and I called me "big guy" - and I almost went through the roof. I'm 36 years old. I have too much gray hair popping up. I prefer to be called "sir" unless I actually know the server. However, I always let the quality of the service itself swing the pendulum. If the server is rude and the service is good, they get 15% or a little more (to the nearest whole dollar), if the server is rude and the service is poor, they may get as little as 5% depending on how rude and how poor the service is.
Stuff like that is going to depend on what kind of restaurant you're in. If you're at a Fridays or any of those chain restaurants, they tell their staff to keep the atmosphere casual. Obviously, the staff should never do that at a fancier restaurant. I wouldn't tolerate being called "big guy" if I was at anywhere nice either.
From: Calgary, AB Canada
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|#24 Posted on 4.1.07 2127.34 | Instant Rating: 5.35|
|Yup, but only if the service warrants it. As a former waitress, I know how hard it is. |
Also I just got my hair cut this evening and I tipped $20.00. It's a really good cut!
But, my daddy's in a coma!
From: Brisbane, Australia
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|#25 Posted on 6.1.07 0412.01 | Instant Rating: 5.70|
|I don't have a hard and fast rule, the tipping culture really isn't big in Australia as far as I know.|
I tipped my cab driver last night, it was a $10 fare, so I gave hime 2 x $10 notes and said make it $15, he looked at me and pointed to the meter and tried to give 1 $10 note back. I did convince him to just give me $5 and we'd be right.
I went to dinner with a friend a month ago and he dropped a $60 tip on a $340 bill. It was good food and good service, but I probably wouldn't have done that.
From: Honolulu, HI
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|#26 Posted on 8.1.07 1144.36 | Instant Rating: 5.75|
|After living in Hawaii, I always tip when leaving a hotel. Room service is not a fun industry and I have a lot friends whose parents do it. |
With food I'm like StaggerLee, if the service is good, you're getting a good tip. If the service sucks, you're out of luck.
My Best tip: At 4:00am at the MGM Grand cafe my friend and I went to eat a huge breakfast after a crappy night of gambling. This older Filipino waitress looked dead tired but treated us like we were royalty, family, and celebrities rolled into one. The meal came out to maybe $40 but we were so impressed and she lifted our spirits so much that we left her a $60 tip.
My Worst tip: Once at IHOP we got such terrible service AND food that my friends and I bent all the utensils in half and walked out without paying.
I'm no Mr. Pink from "Resevoir Dogs" but tip *is* relative to quality of service.
(edited by Jericholic53 on 8.1.07 0946)
It says so right here in the wcw handbook!
|The King of Keith
From: Winchester, VA
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|AIM: || ||#27 Posted on 8.1.07 1417.49 | Instant Rating: 4.18|
|I guess I'm pretty generous after looking at all of you. We make it a point to tip above and beyond, b/c a lot of our friends are waiters/waitresses/delivery drivers/hair stylists. At our local bar, we always tip well and they treat us well. I generally tip $5-$10 for a haircut and no less than $5 for a pizza delivery. |
When I work at my other job p/t making glasses, sometimes we get tips from older customers. We tell them we can't accept it, but they leave it for us anyway.
I have a friend who tips the bartender (no matter how big or small his tab is) $50 each time. Why? He never knows when he could need one to provide an alibi for him to his girlfriend. (Which I find funny, since he's the most monogamous guy I've met).
That's not Wolverine...
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|#28 Posted on 19.1.07 0048.35 | Instant Rating: 6.30|
|I always tip, and tip well, unless the service is horrendous, in which case I will speak to a manager, and make sure to leave a share of a tip for the chef if the restaurant pools tips.|
My brother is a part-time waiter/part time chef. A nice restaurant, not a chain. He and I were discussing how cheap my dad always was when it came to tipping.
He was telling me that 95% of the time he can tell immediately when the customer sits down if they will tip him well or not. An awful lot of it comes down to racial profiling/stereotyping. (background info - we were raised by bigots, and one of the things I am most proud of is breaking the cycle when it came to raising my own kids)
Generally, his white customers will tip between 15-25%. Most of the time its the closest dollar amount rounded to 20%. Several of them have stiffed him.
African-American customers - if the guy is being nice and attentive to his wife/date, then he will tip well. Often these customers come in and are just grumpy, and either don't want to be there at all, or will let the wife do the ordering for both of them. These guys never tip him well.
His worst customers are the Indian groups. They will order one meal to split between them, sometimes just soup, and will ask for "lots of the free bread" Then, they will leave a 5% tip. He says it has to do with cultural class status.
I give my brother a lot of credit for being able to deal with that kind of nonsense and still give them the high level of service he gives everyone else.
Last, I always leave a few dollars for the hotel maids.
From: Ottawa, Ontario
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|#29 Posted on 19.1.07 0110.07 | Instant Rating: 5.45|
|His worst customers are the Indian groups. They will order one meal to split between them, sometimes just soup, and will ask for "lots of the free bread" Then, they will leave a 5% tip. He says it has to do with cultural class status. |
If you're referring to Indians and not Native Americans, then it is completely a cultural thing ....
One thing I discovered when I was with Bell was that a high level of Chinese and Indian customers were forever calling to get promotions. It drove me crazy.
However, after taking time to research it a little - I came to accept that these are probably people who come from a background of bartering and haggling to get the best deals, and it was how they were raised. It didn't mean I had to cave to them - but I was able to empathize a little better. It's frustrating, but they're not doing it to be rude (generally).
I know I'm generalizing here. Please note this just applies to a select group and not everyone.
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