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#21 Posted on
I remember going to Starbucks some minutes after their official closing time and was allowed to order and get a drink; thought that deserved a tip. Same with some "to go" food places.

How about car wash places and full-service gas stations? When do you tip?



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#22 Posted on

    Originally posted by zoggy1
    I remember going to Starbucks some minutes after their official closing time and was allowed to order and get a drink; thought that deserved a tip. Same with some "to go" food places.

    How about car wash places and full-service gas stations? When do you tip?



Here in NJ all we have are Full Service stations (and our prices are lower than the neighboring states self serve) so tipping the attendant is unheard of.



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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.73
Thanks. Whenever I drive through Jersey I always wonder if I'm supposed to tip the full-service guy.

I usually tip the car wash at least a buck or two (of course, I get the car washed about once every three years). Those guys have a seriously shitty job and get paid nothing.



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Since: 3.1.02
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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00

    Originally posted by Parts Unknown
    One time I was at a restaurant and the waiter was being very annoying. He would come and talk to us for like five minutes at a time while we were trying to eat and be alone, and my drink STILL went dry.

    Well, I didn't tip him. As we were leaving, he went to the table and looked for some money. Not finding any, he yelled across the restaurant, "SIR! Did you want to leave a tip?"

    Everyone stared at me.

    I gave him a curt "No." and left. What an incorrigible pile of dung! The nerve!



What I would have done in this situation: Yell "Yes, I did," and go back to your table. Reach into your pocket with a theatrical flourish, pull out three pennies, display them to the onlookers, place them on the table, and head out to your car.

For all he knew, you might have wanted to leave one and honestly forgotten. Deliberately embarrassing the customer in that manner is a major no-no.

Now, the flip side of the argument:

My favorite waiter of all time, Chuck, worked at the local TGI Friday's. Friday's staff are generally trained to be excessively gregarious, but for Chuck it was second nature -- he was witty, had a line for every occasion, and entertained while providing quality service.

When he vanished, I asked, and found out why. It seems that he'd had a customer one night that ran him ragged; she and her party had a barrage of requests, many rounds of drinks during post-meal conversations, one thing after another. The party then proceeded to completely stiff Chuck on the tip, and walked out. On an impulse, he followed her out to the parking lot and asked her point-blank if his service had been in any way defective, or if something else had greatly displeased her concerning her meal or the restaurant in general.

She threw a tantrum, complained to the manager, and Chuck swiftly got canned.

In this case, Chuck was arguably in the right about complaining. He'd done a good job, gone a bit over and beyond the typical waiter-customer experience, and got shafted. His questioning didn't revolve around "Where's my money," but rather around "What was the problem?" The former has "You cheap bitch" overtones; the latter connects to improving future service. And even THEN he got the axe, for violating the first rule of customer service -- The Customer Is Always Right.

In general, I tip heavily, more so because I can than because it's necessary. It takes a special effort for a waiter to drop below 15% -- the waiter has to be DETERMINED to suck, or aggravate me on some personal level. But when that happens, I feel no remorse in sending a message with a three-cent special.

(Best arrogant tip ever: the movie "Payback." Porter steals someone's wallet in the opening sequence, goes to a diner, and orders a $2.97 combo. When he's ready to leave, he lays three dollar bills down and walks away. The waitress yells at him, so he turns, reaches into the change pile someone else left as their tip, pulls out three pennies and leaves.)



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.21



I find it pretty interesting that this topic can get this much play twice on this message board. It's telling what kind of topics get the most action.

No tips for signing for packages. No tips for the postman (cookies, yes). And definitely no tips in the cup at Subway.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#26 Posted on
In a gas station by my house, the girl at the counter had a cup on the counter. I assumed it was for tips, so I ignored it, but when I got closer I read the writing on it:

"Help pay for my boob-job"

She got 75 cents outta me.
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Since: 2.1.02
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05

    Originally posted by Jobberman
    In a gas station by my house, the girl at the counter had a cup on the counter. I assumed it was for tips, so I ignored it, but when I got closer I read the writing on it:

    "Help pay for my boob-job"

    She got 75 cents outta me.



at my video store, we have a "take/leave a penny cup" on our front counter, and i's labeled as such, but half the time people think it's a tip cup, but then again, my customers have IQ's smaller than their shoe sizes...

i once found 3 $2 bills in the cup once...yoink...added them to my collection (which now numbers at 14)



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Since: 3.1.02
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#28 Posted on

    Originally posted by rikidozan



    i once found 3 $2 bills in the cup once...yoink...added them to my collection (which now numbers at 14)



FYI Riki - There is a small book store on Main Street in Lake Placid, NY that gives out $2 bills with your change



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#29 Posted on
I've ocassionally dallied with the idea of having some lovely cards custom printed, to the effect of "The reason that you are receiving this crappy tip is..." D'ya think that might be perceived as just a bit cranky? :-)

Some (certainly not all!) female servers think that women don't tip well, so why should they bother? Well, I tip very well for good service, & minimally for bad service. I suppose that's sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Sometimes when its "the girls" having dinner, the hostess will decide that we want the cutest guy waiter. Now my friends & I certainly appreciate a cute guy, but we actually value competence in our wait staff above cutie-ness. I'm sure Biff just tells himself that we must be lesbians when he gets a crappy tip, because he was too busy flirting & flexing to get our food & drinks delivered. Hostessing is such a complex job.

At nice restaurants, if we find a server we like, we get his/her name, so we know who to ask for next time. Given that we tip well for good service, they're happy to have us back, & we're happy to have somebody that knows our dining quirks. At one of our favourite special occasion restaurants, "our" waiter got promoted to manager. We got great service when he was working the table; now that he's a boss, we get impeccable service.
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#30 Posted on
rikidozan -- We have a penny cup at our video store, too, and NO ONE thinks it's a tip jar! Well, except this one guy would leave behind in it the change he couldn't be bothered with -- a buck or two, or, like, ten bucks a couple of times. Actually, now that I think about it, he eventually vanished with five of our tapes, so I guess it almost evens out.

Parts -- Although we still disagree on tipping policies, your explanation of what consitutes "above and beyond" makes a lot more sense. Thanks for the clarification. (I do want to warn you, though -- beware even if you think you're not a restaurant regular! I know that I, personally, will still recognize customers that were assholes to me five years ago that I haven't seen since, and would have no compunctions about pointing them out to co-workers.)

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Since: 3.1.02
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#31 Posted on
I'm formerly from NJ, and occasionally, if I'm feeling generous, or if its a holiday, I tip the gas guy. I feel bad that he has to fill my tank on New Year's Day or such.

I had some coupons for free munchkins at a nearby Dunkin Donuts once. I went there and used them a few times, and felt bad getting donuts and leaving without paying a cent. Now when I go, I'll generally leave the remainder of my donut change. (Of course, its all about going at 2 - 3 am and getting a free dozen donuts with your order of a dozen donuts...) I also tip at a Subway we tend to frequent for lunch, but only because the guys there started recognizing us and predicting our orders. Both these situations had tip cups.

Once, my brother had a particularly bad waiter at a Bennigan's. When time for paying came, my brother called the waiter over, pointed to the tip line on the credit card bill, and told the waiter that he was less than pleased with his service, but to be fair, he would put down whatever amount the waiter felt was appropriate. The waiter was stunned, and refused to give an amount, simply telling my brother to put down whatever amount he wanted. My brother said he would give him a one cent tip if the waiter didn't specify a different amount. He didn't, and my brother tipped one cent.

Sometimes, when I go out to lunch with my co-workers, I don't think they take the tip into account. Or maybe they tend to be worse tippers than I am. I tend to try to tip around 20%, since I've had friends who were waiters and I know the job can be a pain (although I will go higher for good service -- Once, I had a waitress who had my Dr. Pepper refills within seconds of my finishing each glass. This went through at least four rounds of refills. -- and much smaller for shitty service.) But I tend to go 15 -20% if everything is decent. So when I throw into the pot at the end of a meal, I'll throw an extra dollar or two on a $6-$8 meal. However, when the final tip is tallied, I notice that if often comes to less than 15%. Now, I don't think they are tipping low because of poor service, cuz we don't always have poor service, but given that we tend to frequent the same spots, I don't want to earn the reputation of "here come those bad tippers", and start getting spit in my burgers (if that isn't happening already...) Should I just continue tipping as I am, and let sleeping dogs lie, or should I say something to my coworkers? Or should I foot the different and suck it up?

One other thing. When I pay by credit card, I tend to add on a tip such that the final amount always rounds out to an even dollar. I like finding round numbers on my credit card statement.



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#32 Posted on

    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    Sometimes, when I go out to lunch with my co-workers, I don't think they take the tip into account. Or maybe they tend to be worse tippers than I am. I tend to try to tip around 20%, since I've had friends who were waiters and I know the job can be a pain (although I will go higher for good service -- Once, I had a waitress who had my Dr. Pepper refills within seconds of my finishing each glass. This went through at least four rounds of refills. -- and much smaller for shitty service.) But I tend to go 15 -20% if everything is decent. So when I throw into the pot at the end of a meal, I'll throw an extra dollar or two on a $6-$8 meal. However, when the final tip is tallied, I notice that if often comes to less than 15%. Now, I don't think they are tipping low because of poor service, cuz we don't always have poor service, but given that we tend to frequent the same spots, I don't want to earn the reputation of "here come those bad tippers", and start getting spit in my burgers (if that isn't happening already...) Should I just continue tipping as I am, and let sleeping dogs lie, or should I say something to my coworkers? Or should I foot the different and suck it up?

    One other thing. When I pay by credit card, I tend to add on a tip such that the final amount always rounds out to an even dollar. I like finding round numbers on my credit card statement.



This is something that irks the shit out of me. I can't stand going out to eat with coworkers who have never waited on table number one in their life and feel the need to leave a shitty tip. Than they look at me when I throw in a little more, due to their tight ass ways, like there is something wrong with me.



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#33 Posted on
I do a little bit of everything at Target, and sometimes, when I help people take stuff out to their cars, they'll try to tip me. I always refuse. I always tell them that "it's just part of my job" or "that's what I'm here for."

But I had this one lady a month or so ago who just wouldn't take no for an answer. I said no, but she was insistent. I think I told her no like five or six times. Finally, she actually reached over and shoved the money into my coat pocket. Isn't there some sort of law of decorum that says when somebody refuses a tip, you should accede to their wishes or something?



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#34 Posted on
My deal with tipping is that I don't believe a server should actually ASK for a tip. I'm sure a lot of them hope for one, which is understandable, but I kinda find it tres tacky when somebody asks me for one.

Which leads me to a story. I was at the Hard Rock Cafe a few months ago, and made a visit to the little boys' room just before my friend and I sat down. This place had a bathroom attendant. Now, normally, I'm not above throwing some green their way. I mean, they work in the freakin' bathroom! A deposit for human refuse! The things they have to deal with!! The sights! The sounds! The smells!

Ahem, anyway, This one particular night, as I was washing my hands, the dude hands me a paper towel, and and while I'm drying my hands off, I see him start to motion towards the counter. At first I think that he's offering me free usage of the cologne or something, so I give him a quiet "no thanks." But he keeps gesturing, until I realize he's not concerned with the cologne (I happen to have a pleasantly natural musk about me anyway), no he's indicating the little tip jar! Come on! I would've tipped him anyway, but since he decided to make a big ol' production out of it, I blew him off. That's right, I blew him off. I turned around and walked right out that door. I just can't deal with people asking for a tip!



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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.44
I don't know, it seems like tipping is more important in high-tourism areas. The only thing I think I've ever had to tip for was at a resturant. But I went on a trip to Florida for a school trip, and I was quite surprised at the number of people who need to be tipped. My teacher did the tipping, because he was in charge, but still...

I remember, we went to a grocery store, because we couldn't afford to eat at the hotel every day, and at the checkout was a sign telling us that tips weren't necessary, and furthermore, employees wouldn't accept them. At the time, I thought that the sign was totally unnecessary. I mean, who tips grocery store people?

So anyway, that was one thing I had to get used to. The other was air-conditioned stores (it was in Orlando) that left their front-doors open. You can call me cheap, but I still think that is wrong somehow.



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Since: 22.3.02
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#36 Posted on
My personal wierdest tipping story....

About a month back i was at a bickfords in the next town over. It was about 2 in the afternoon and we was just stopping in for breakfast after a long, loooong night. So the service starts off decent as far as bickfords goes. The waitress manages to take our order with a friendly attitude so we're thinking good tip right? Well then the food comes. My side order is wrong plus my Hot chocolate has run out and she hasnt come around to refill it. When she finally comes over I ask her to refill my cup and she promptly runs out back and comes back with orange juice... and so on it went. Anyways to the tip.


Her tip: an old CVS reciept, a condom, a few pennies, some chewed gum, and a buy 1 get 1 pepsi cap.



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#37 Posted on

    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    Should I just continue tipping as I am, and let sleeping dogs lie, or should I say something to my coworkers? Or should I foot the different and suck it up?



You should say something to your coworkers, absolutely. Chances are, they won't change their ways, but at least they won't think you're totally meek.

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Since: 12.1.02
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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
Bubbles,

Well... at least the waitress might have gotten some use out of the condom. In fact, in some places, leaving a condom might be misconstrued as leaving a good tip. You might want to watch that in the future, lest people get the wrong idea.
Regarding my own tipping discussion:

At Blockbuster, we never get tipped, and we don't expect to. For that matter, it's probably against company policy. However, the occasional regular has brought us things such as a box of Christmas cookies, which we have no problem accepting. Another regular guy who works at the Applebee's was so pleased with my service that he said next time I came into the restaurant, he'd buy my dinner. (I'm as much of a regular at Applebee's as he is at Blockbuster.) It goes against my upbringing to turn down free food, so I accepted.

When I go out to restaurants, I routinely use the same tipping system that's been discussed: 10% for poor service, 15% for good service, 20% for great service. Once in awhile, if my total tab only comes to like $9 or something, I'll tip $3-- which is 33% for you math majors out there. 33% on a large bill would be unheard of, so like I said I only do it if I get, you know... the lunch special or something. And only if the service is outstanding.



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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
Heh, I tip everyone from the standard list of people you're supposed to tip (servers, bartenders, hair stylists, cab drivers, blackjack dealers, pizza delivery, valet attendants, strippers, washroom attendants).


I even tip unusual people. Like in college, at keg parties. If the hosts were charging $3, I'd give 'em a fiver and tell them to keep the change.

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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.73
You know, you'd make a somewhat funny Saturday Night Live sketch.



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